Irresponsible of Liew to avoid the issues and play blame game – Dr. Jeffrey

Posted: August 19, 2019 in Daily Express Sabah, Datuk Dr Jeffrey @ Gapari Kitingan, Dr Mahathir, VK Liew
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KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan has queried the statement by the minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk V. K. Liew, for disputing the media report on what the prime minister had said.

The president of StarSabah, opined that Liew’s response can be likened to the proverbial king shooting the messenger because the messenger came with bad news.

“He conveniently accused the media, especially Daily Express of ‘misquoting’ the prime minister,” Dr. Jeffrey said. “But he was too much in a hurry trying to defend Tun Mahathir without verifying if Mahathir really said as what was reported.”

In its front page last week Daily Express reported that the Prime Minister said he was unaware of the complaints by Sabah leaders on the three issues, namely the departure levy, the appointment of the new UMS vice chancellor and the introduction of Jawi in primary schools beginning next year.

In a terse response Liew said “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. As far as I’m concerned, they (Sabahan representatives in the Federal Cabinet) did not say anything.”

Dr. Jeffrey was surprised that Liew accused Daily Express for unprofessionalism while he himself was clearly unprofessional by diverting from answering the issue and resorting to finger pointing.

“He could have verified the matter by going back to the source and checked other media reports before playing his blame game,” the Member of Parliament for Keningau and assemblyman for Tambunan said. “He should have addressed the questions directly, taking the bull by the horns, and offered a reasonable explanation, even if he was reluctant to admit that Sabah, again, has been grossly taken for granted in national decision making affecting the state. This federal attitude has been going on for half a century and it continues today with irresponsible leaders like Liew.

“By shifting the blame he took the cowardly act to avoid the real issues affecting Sabahans. Clearly Liew is now more concerned with his political relations and less with issues having negative impact on Sabah,” Dr. Jeffrey said. “I guess there was a lot truth in what Tun M had said, and this truth is too hurtful for Warisan leaders to accept.”

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THIS IS VK LIEW’s STATEMENT….

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.”

P.S: It only goes to show James Sarda of Daily Express is a true professional. He prefers not to be caught up in pretending to know what the PM meant when he said “Sabah government”, but only assume and leave it to them to ask the PM himself. VK Liew didn’t respond, he degenerated into name calling and trying to manufacture another controversy.

And here is the video recording of the press conference Dr Mahathir had SPECIFICALLY said ” SABAH GOVERNMENT” . Listen…

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