Thursday, April 9, 2009
Najib says he wants FACTS, not rumours!
We all know too well, that all the facts, figures and witnesses were meticulously removed by Najib special police squad. He is so confidence that there is really nothing that can show his other side - brutal, ruthless and repressive nature.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — A victim of conspiracy theories, rumours and
innuendoes, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight asked for fairness and
respect in reporting while calling for “a new national conversation
that engages all Malaysians”.
The new prime minister also stated his support for a “vibrant, free
and informed media” which he underlined with his decision to lift the
suspension of opposition newspapers Harakah and Suara Keadilan.
“I believe we can move beyond those who offer the journalism of
conspiracy theory and rumour,” Najib said at the Malaysian Press
Institute’s Malam Wartawan (Journalists’ Night) here tonight.
He had been linked to the gruesome 2006 murder of Mongolian beauty
Altantuya Shaariibuu and allegations of corruption in defence deals by
the opposition. Two elite policemen, who have once escorted Najib,
will know their fate over her murder this Thursday.
“I’ve endured my fair share of these from some quarters of the media.
I will always stand up and be accountable for the decisions I make as
your prime minister,” he said.
The prime minister said that people want a change in the tone of the
political debate, saying the politics of accusation and rumour have
trampled a political dialogue founded on respect and fairness.
“I want a dialogue that is built on respect and fairness, not personal
attacks,” he told the audience comprising senior journalists from the
print and electronic media.
“I call on all parties, all political leaders and all people who want
to engage in a new national conversation about the future of our
nation — including the media — to do so in a way that respects
opinions of others; that values discussion and discourse; and that
recognises that opponents need not be enemies, that differences of
opinion do not come from malicious motives, but from a deep and
abiding concern for the future of Malaysia.”
Najib pointed out it was trying times for the country as well as other
countries but he believed that Malaysia had a remarkable opportunity
to build “One Malaysia” with the new leadership.
“Malaysia needs a comprehensive economic model that positions us for
the long-term. But, we also need a national consensus around how that
and the other important policy debates of our time must be joined.
“A vibrant political and public dialogue is the best way forward for
our country; the times demand it and the people expect it.”
He gave an olive branch to the online media that has been seen to be
critical of him, saying the country needed a media, both old and new,
empowered “to responsibly report what they see, without fear of
consequence, and to hold governments and public officials accountable
for the results they achieve or do not achieve.”
“It is no secret that I believe the new media plays an important role
in our political and civic future. But I want — and I will encourage —
a debate that takes place across all media, across all parts of our
country,” Najib said.
Malaysia’s sixth prime minister said the media should focus on the
most pressing needs of the country, adding, “I hope that such
colourful reporting will be consigned to history. It too often
presents a world that bears no resemblance to reality and only serves
to damage the public discourse we truly need.”