By NORAZMI BIN ALIMAT
COMMENT: Today, Daily Express has admitted that their report on “Sabah Leaders Didn’t Complain : Dr M” published on 17 August 2019 was solely made on assumptions when they had misreported ministers at the Federal Cabinet from Sabah have never raised major national issues.
It is regrettable that the said article also misled other opposition law makers into believing Datuk Liew Vui Keong had attacked the media by shooting the messenger .
Clearly, James Sarda was not a messenger but an instigator to stir up unnecessary tensions and dispute. It is regrettably that James Sarda has refused to retract the misleading article nor offered any sincere apology to all the Sabah Ministers in the federal cabinet.
In addition, James was untruthful when he claimed he had sought clarification from Prime Minister’s office. When in fact, it was the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Endie Shazlie bin Akbar who requested managing director of Daily Express to clarify James Sarda’s misreporting.
I applaud journalists that are neutral and objective in their reporting. However, I urge all Malaysian to come together and reject news reportings that contain disinformation.
To ensure high standards of integrity in professional journalism, James Sarda ought to retract his article, personally apologise to the Prime Minister as well as all the ministers he had wrongly accused.
* Norazmi Bin Alimat Exco Wira Warisan Pusat, Parti Warisan Sabah
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