Saturday, April 2, 2016

Is ABC now accepted as a reliable source? 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Four Corners’ special report on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to be aired in Malaysia so that Malaysians will ‘know the truth’. 

And what ‘truth’ is it that Mahathir wants Malaysians to know -- that Najib did not steal any money from 1MDB and that the RM2.6 billion banked into Najib’s personal bank account did not come from 1MDB? 

Mahathir now considers ABC as a reliable source and wants the Australian TV station’s special report to be the basis of how Najib should be judged. In short, Mahathir wants Najib to be tried through the media and to be convicted in the court of public opinion. 

This is the same ABC that about 16 years or so ago produced a special report regarding Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial. It was actually a very well done documentary and it managed to raise many prudent questions regarding whether Anwar was a victim of a sham trial and was convicted based on fabricated evidence and false testimonies. 

Of course, at that time Mahathir did not agree that the special report on Anwar’s ‘sham trial’ should be aired on Malaysian TV. 

Later, ABC produced another documentary regarding Anwar and his party, Parti Keadilan, and alleged that they were being financed by the same Arab sources that were implicated in financing the group involved in the 911 attacks. They also reported the FBI raids and confiscation of documents and so on. 

Again, the opposition called this documentary a pack of lies and said that ABC had an agenda and was being paid to smear Anwar’s and Parti Keadilan’s name and reputation. 

When ABC reports about Mahathir, Anwar, the opposition, etc., they are lies. However, when ABC reports about Najib they are telling the truth. Is this what Mahathir is trying to say? 

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