KUALA LUMPUR – January 6, 2017: A blogger who accused Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) of racial nepotism finally apologised.
Abdul Zaharin Mohd. Yasin, tendered his apology via his Facebook account today after the company took legal action against him August last year.
“I admit that my statements (regarding MRCB’s purported biasness) were baseless and I regret publishing them.
“I hereby retract my statements and every meaning that surfaced because of it and express unconditional and wholehearted apology to MRCB for damaging its reputation through my statements.
“I promise that that I will delete my statements wherever they may have been reproduced within the span of seven days starting today,” read the statement.
Zaharin who blogs as ‘Sang Kelembai’ got into a tangle with MRCB after he, on August 3, 2017, alleged that the company had been sidelining the Malays.
According to a notice from MRCB’s lawyers, Shearn Delamore and Co, Zaharin’s posts had also insinuated that MRCB wanted to monopolise every land in Kuala Lumpur.
The notice further said Zaharin had made the allegations after his failure to secure political donations from MRCB group managing director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.
It was also mentioned in the posting that Zaharin’s apology was also read in front of Justice Datuk Noraini Abd Rahman at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Meanwhile, blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan, remarking in his blog Rocky’s Bru today that Zaharin had eaten humble pie, pointed out that this was a lesson to all on social media, “myself included”.
“We don’t live in a vacuum. We are governed and guided by laws. And common sense,” he wrote in his posting, “I won’t do it again, I’m sorry: blogger zaharin to MRCB”.
Reflecting on the Zaharin that he knew over the years, Ahirudn said there are many politicians and political activists who swing or jump from one end to the other like changing underwear.
“But treating MRCB, a professionally-run business concern, as a political punching bag just because the construction firm refused to give him what he demanded was a big mistake. “