BN media black out Najib’s brothers
Newspapers owned by Barisan Nasional parties Umno and MCA have blacked out a media statement by Najib Razak’s brothers defending their late father’s reputation for integrity and frugality, Malayakini reports.
The statement had been in response to a New York Times report about purported “legacy family wealth” accounting for lavish spending by Najib’s family.
The four junior sons of the late Tun Abdul Razak, second prime minister, had emailed their joint statement to the largest-circulating newspapers, and to Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and business weekly The Edge.
None of the Barisan Nasional-owned newspapers carried any report on the statement, Malaysiakini said.
NOT REPORTED: Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, New Straits Times (all owned or controlled by Umno), The Star (owned by the MCA).
REPORTED: Sinchew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press.
All online news sites carried the report, including Star Online on Tuesday night.Earlier this month the Prime Minister’s Office had replied to a New York Times inquiry about the lavish lifestyle of Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor by saying it was not unusual “… for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy (of) family assets”.
Najib’s brothers, Nazir, Johari, Nizam, and Nazim said in their statement: “We wish to put on record that Abdul Razak was a highly-principled man, well known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
‘We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue.”
The email went to The Star, Utusan Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily, The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, The Edge, New Straits Times, and Media Prima (which also owns Berita Harian and commercial television stations TV3, ntv7, tv8 and tv9).
» Big media black out PM’s brothers | Koh Jun Lun, Malaysiakini