Media Statement (3) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 3rd August 2009:
Why has Star published eight reports in eight days disseminating the blog address of the anonymous “black blog” to defame DAP Selangor leaders but no mention of RPK’s blog post detailing five flights taken by Ong Tee Keat in private jet of Tiong King Sing, boss of KDSB, turnkey developer of PKFZ
MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat yesterday thanked me for lodging a police report last Monday to protect his life over a death threat to him, but said I had no locus standi in the matter and that in any event, I was “one-step too late” as he had lodged a police report the same day.
There is no need for Ong to thank me as I was lodging a police report more for the public interest to ensure that Cabinet Ministers whether Ong or the others are not threatened by Malaysia’s version of “black gold” politics invoking “dark forces” of politico-business underworld combined with certain Barisan Nasional elements to compromise the integrity of their decision-making process.
However, it would appear that Ong has lodged a police report on a threat to him which is different from the death threat which had been made against Ong much earlier – which means my police report was indeed necessary to protect Ong’s life.
The police report lodged by Ong was over a threat in the form of a note sent to his house warning “Watch Out”.
But this is not the death threat he talked about when interviewed by Sin Chew Daily on 16th July 2009, where he said:
Clearly, we are referring to two completely different events.
In the case of the threat in the note “Watch Out”, Ong did not know the identities of the person who sent it to him.
But in the case of the death threat delivered to him through “secret society brothers” which read: “If you’re wiped out from this world some day, you should know why this has happened”, Ong knew the identities of the persons involved:
Has Ong told the Police the person who sent him the death threat and the “friends in the secret society” who delivered to him the death threat that he would “disappear from the world”?
So far, Ong has not lodged a police report about the death threat to him that he would “disappear from the world”? Can Ong explain why?
Recently, there has been a sprouting of anonymous “black blogs” to spread lies, half-truths and doctored documents to defame Selangor DAP leaders in the wake of the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock at MACC Headquarters on 16th July 2009.
What is shocking is the involvement of MCA elements in these black blogs, with MCA’s newspaper The Star among Barisan Nasional mainstream media which had played a prominent role in disseminating lies and falsehoods from anonymous “black blogs” which no self-respecting mainstream media would normally touch with a barge-pole.
But in the case of the anonymous black blog, t4tbh.blogspot.com, which told lies and half truths about DAP leaders, particularly from Selangor, the Star was in the forefront of certain mainstream media to promote it with extensive reports of its allegations.
Can the MCA-owned Star explain why it had published eight reports in five days from July 24 to August 1 to get excuses to disseminate the blog address of the anonymous “black blog” to defame DAP Selangor leaders.
Can the MCA Star explain the double standards in scrupulously omitting mention or report of RPK’s blog post Malaysia Today since July 31 detailing five flights taken by Ong Tee Keat in private jet of Tiong King Sing, boss of KDSB, turnkey developer of Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ)?
Can Ong confirm and if so, explain, these five flights on Tiong’s private jet “all over the place” when he had become Transport Minister? I will ask this question in Parliament if Ong chooses to keep dumb.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor