MINISTER SAYS ‘OK’, THE PEOPLE SAY ‘KO’: ANOTHER ‘COWARD’ MALAY JOURNALIST TO BE FIRED FOR CRITICIZING NAJIB REGIME?
Sinar Harian cowardly removed crooked columnist Abdul Jalil Ali titled “Menteri kata OK, Rakyat kata KO” pertaining to the targetted subsidy of cooking oil.
Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Dato’ Sri Hamzah Zainuddin announced more than two weeks ago, the subsidy for cooking oil is only available for quantities of 1kg packaging. The rationale is the subsidy is provided for household instead of enterprises.
The Ministry is aware necessary steps are being taken to ensure more than 45 tonnes of the cooking oil in 1kg packaging is being distributed through the usual retail channels for household consumption.
Being a veteran writer, Jalil chose to play up the sentiments of the distribution of the cooking oil in the said 1kg packaging has caused the consumers lots of problem.
The fact is that, Jalil did not substantiate his story with data. It is mere hearsay, which he based on market talk.
It is irresponsible for a newspaper to even print the story in the first place. I could be interpreted as a precursor of instigating the public.
That is most likely why it was removed later from the Sinar Harian website.