Time to call out the WSJ, SR for their vindictive campaign against Malaysia — Tengku Sariffuddin

Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad

(MMO) – It is a disgrace that the good name of ‎His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong‎ has been dragged into certain foreign media’s attacks on Malaysia. ‎

The deceitful reporting on important national events by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and ‎Sarawak Report (SR) shows that they ‎have no respect for our country, our sovereignty, or our monarchy. ‎

For over a month, these publications maliciously reported that the Prime Minister had appointed his supposedly “1MDB linked ally” Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah to be the new Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, despite the fact that no decision had been made. ‎

Yesterday, their lie was exposed when Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim was appointed as Governor.

To cover up their lie and international embarrassment, the WSJ and SR then reported that this was a “U-turn” by the Prime Minister following pressure. Also, it was fictitiously claimed that His Majesty had previously signed the appointment of Tan Sri Irwan, was persuaded to change the nomination, and was angry about this matter.

Both His Majesty and Tan Sri Irwan have now publicly stated that this is false. His Majesty only signed one appointment — for Datuk Muhammad on 26 April 2016 — and Tan Sri Irwan was never offered the post.

The WSJ and SR cannot give a shred of evidence to back up their reporting. It’s based not on facts, but on anonymous sources — in this case “a person familiar with the matter”. This source may not even exist. Or they could be just another proxy for Tun Mahathir’s Anti Najib Campaign, whose lies the WSJ and SR buy outright.

This is fantasy journalism. They are shamelessly peddling opposition fabrications as facts.

It is time to call out the WSJ and SR for their vindictive campaign against Malaysia.

Their lies are now proven, and Malaysians should know that nothing they print can be believed.‎

* Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin is the press secretary to the prime minister.