The Malaysia Insider has an extensive record of publishing fake and unverified news throughout its publications. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar writes ..
The following is an extract from Wikipedia on the Malaysian Insider and its tortuous history of fabricating news and changing patrons
On 31 May 2011, the news portal published an article that contained defamatory words towards former MAS chairman, Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli. Three months later, the news portal published a public apology to Tajudin.However, he did not find the apology sufficient and filled a legal suit on 18 August in Kuala Lumpur Civil Court for RM 200 million. The suit was settled out of court a month later.
On 19 October 2013, TMI issued an apology to Mentri Besar of Kedah, Dato Sri Mukhriz bin Mahathir over its report, alleging Mukhriz of using money politics during the 2013 UMNO election.
On 7 March 2015, a superimposed photo of demonstrators deemed to be staged in front PAS headquarters were published. The demonstrators, in the photo have demanded PAS president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to step down. PAS Chief of Information,Datuk Mahfuz Omar demanded an apology from the news portal for publishing a fake photo.A day later, the news portal publish a public apology.
On 25 March 2015, the news portal published an article that alleged the COnference of Rulers did not approve the proposal by Kelantan’s state government to enforce hudud in the state. The news was later swiftly denied by Kelantan Chief Secretary on Hudud, Takiyuddin Hassan. This news led Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal to file a police report,resulting in the arrest of three editors by the police and Malaysian Communications and Mutlimedia Commission (MCMC)
On 12 July 2015, the news portal published an unverified report of Citizens For Accountable Governance Malaysia (CAGM) claiming that thousands of ringgit were plumed down from Prime Minister of Malaysia AmBank account to Barisan Nasional bank account prior the 2013 Malaysian general election. Three days later, a blog post claimed to be belong to CAGM revealed that the news were fake. The group claimed that Md Zainal Abidin, the lawyer that signed the statutory declaration (SD) did not exist. Their action were fueled by their desire of “…making a social experiment…where them become famous due to (news) editors not checking their facts right.
END THE RUN OF LIES
Regardless of what occasional fake stories TMI prints, its downfall has been due to its engagement and contractual relations it has with foreigners within so called ‘media consultancies’ advertising agencies and copy writing firms all of who are hired with foreign money to destabilse government and not to preserve, pursue and publish the truth in balanced reporting. For that it had to go.
TMI is not alone. The other rag run and funded by opposition forces funded from abroad is Free Malaysia Today. A cesspool of intellectual trash supported like TMI by the Malaysian Bar, some academics and now unfortunately through patronage by a former prime minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir.
A healthy and free media is a necessary part of any functioning democracy. A healthy and free media does not exist in Malaysia because of the polarization of the communities and the tendency to censor anyone commenting or writing critically on the trash the likes of TMI belch out each day in the name of press freedom.
They censor with impunity those comments that criticise what they publish or provide a contrarian view to their articles. Thats not the sign of a free media. It is symptomatic of a frightened bunch of cowards afraid of the truth or a challenge to thehir versions of the truth.
Together with our freedoms comes responsibilities. And judging from the small sample of what TMI is capable of, the lights ought to be turned off for good at TMI. Its time for a purge. A clean sweep of those bearers of bad tidings, bad because they are made without foundation or fact.