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Gerakan demands apology from 1MDB critics

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Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 27, 2015: The Malaysian People’s Movement Party (Gerakan) urges those who have been making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’s issues to apologise and retract all statements made.

The demand was made following the arrest of a former PetroSaudi International employee in Thailand earlier this week for allegedly leaking information related to 1MDB.

Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai in a press statement issued yesterday noted that the Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo was charged with attempted blackmail and extortion against his former employer.

The charge was in relation to proprietary email information belonging to PetroSaudi with initial probes show that some leaked email were tampered with.

The purported arrest of Justo in Bangkok has prompted Lau to question the source and veracity in a series of publications by Sarawak Report on 1MDB.

“In light of the arrest, the detractors should now offer apology and retract their baseless accusations against Najib and the government.

“I am relieved that the perpetrator will now face justice through courts and I hope that it would serve as a stern warning to would-be criminals that data theft is not tolerable,” the statement read.

He pointed out initial investigations indicated that the data was stolen from PetroSaudi and subsequently edited before it was published on the internet.

Hence, he believed the distorted facts and information as used by whistleblower site must now undergo stringent verification on its credibility.

Lau also threw his support behind Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call that Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would investigate and act against the Sarawak Report and other publications including the Edge.

These publications were said to have relied on the tampered source to make numerous allegations which could now be out-rightly incorrect and defamatory.

“I believe truthful information is essential to serving the public interest. The unlawful manner in acquiring and tampering of information raises serious legal and ethical questions.

“In this case, the abuse of unverified information by whistleblower site or politicians in throwing accusations is wrong, unfair and goes against public interest,” said Lau.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.