Utusan Malaysia is one of the worst examples as to why journalists must hold their heads in shame for the anti-national  role played by the mass media in making the recent general election the dirtiest in the nationís history

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Penang,  Friday): Utusan Malaysia today carried a report (p. 8) under the heading "DAP sokong lantik Timbalan KM daripada MCA", which reads:

The 1999 general election had been the dirtiest general election in the nationís 42-year history, caused primarily by a Malaysian mass media which practised the  most unbelievably  unethical and irresponsible journalism where there is no respect for truth and facts whatsoever.

Utusan Malaysia is one of the worst examples why Malaysian journalists must hold their heads in shame at such unethical and irresponsible journalism, distorting what the Barisan Alternatif  leaders said, concocting statements purportedly made by Barisan Alternatif leaders and even committing the cardinal sin of distorting my quotations.

Although the general election is over, the unethical and irresponsible newspapers like Utusan Malaysia seem unable to wean itself of from the opium of falsehoods and unprincipled journalism.

Utusan Malaysiaís report today on my purported support for a second Penang Deputy Chief Minister for MCA is the latest example.  I never supported the proposal that MCA get the post of a second Penang Chief Minister.

What I said yesterday was that if MCA wanted to ask  for the post of second Penang Deputy Chief Minister, it should also be asking for an additional Minister and Deputy Minister as well as for one of the senior Cabinet posts such as Finance or International Trade and Industry Minister because of the Nov. 29, 1999 general election results.

The Utusan Malaysia coverage of the 1999 election campaign, and its contribution to make it the dirtiest election in the nationís history, should be a case study for all Malaysians as to how the mass media can become a vicious and anti-national force to sow ill-will, disaffection and hatred among different races and religions.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman