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Statement by VK Liew on PM’s comment
Published on: Sunday, August 18, 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law Minister) Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic) expressed displeasure over Daily Express’s front page yesterday where the Prime Minister said he was unaware of the complaints by Sabah leaders on the three issues, lately.

This is what Liew said in his statement issued Saturday below: “I am deeply disturbed by the unprofessionalism of the news reporting today by Daily Express which published a distorted and incorrect statement of what Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed said today in response to a series of questions asked by Mr. James Sarda, the Chief Editor of Daily Express. 

“In today’s Daily Express news articles, it was falsely reported that:- Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is surprised to learn that Sabah Government leaders have been complaining about not being consulted on recent decisions taken at the Federal level.” 

Responding to a Daily Express question that as a Pakatan Harapan-friendly government their views should at least have been sought or considered on major decisions like the departure levy, appointment of the new Universiti Malaysia Sabah Vice Chancellor and introduction of Jawi in primary schools next year, he said:

“As far as I’m concerned, they (Sabahan representatives in the Federal Cabinet) did not say anything.

“However, the Prime Minister didn’t say what James had distortedly reported. I’ve listened and watched the relevant video recording of the press conference today.

“The Prime Minister had clearly said: “Well, the Sabah Government did not say anything to us, only you (James Sarda) said it.

“Nowhere in the Prime Minister’s response had mentioned my Sabahan colleagues and I had never raised our concerns in the cabinet on major issues such as departure levy, appointment of the new University Malaysia Sabah Vice Chancellor and introduction of Jawi in primary schools next year. The Sabah Daily Express’s report is clearly unfounded. 

“As ministers for all Malaysians and together with all my cabinet colleagues, we strive to carry out our duties to the best of our abilities, to rebuild our nation, pushing for institutional reform and addressing nationwide social and economic inequality, and eradicate corruption. 

“I hereby demand for a retraction, correction, and an apology in respect of the false statements published by Sabah Daily Express. Lastly, I call upon all Malaysians to reject unethical media reporting who distort the truth to create social tensions and unrest. Thank you.”

 

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