I WAS pleased to read on the Borneo Post’s online site that The West Australian, a newspaper in Perth, has retracted its incorrect report that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter had gone on a shopping spree there during the recent CHOGM.
This grossly incorrect report had given much false fodder to venomous websites! (Hint: they are not BN sites …)
According to The Borneo Post, the Aussie paper printed a retraction in its Letters page on Thursday under the heading ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ that: “The West Australian acknowledges that this was not the case and that Mr Najib’s daughter was not in Perth at the time.”
I was also pleased that The Borneo Post reported it had a Portable Document Format (PDF) copy of the page, which was emailed to the paper by The West Australian business reporter journalist Neale Prior.
Prior’s email was apparently in reply to an email from The Borneo Post seeking a clarification on the report.
Kudos to our local paper for having the initiative to seek the truth! I couldn’t find the PDF online, it would be good for Borneo Post to upload the PDF as proof of the truth. (Updated 5.30pm – pictures courtesy of Borneo Post uploaded below.)
Which is really the crux of the matter. The truth! Opposition websites have had a field day lambasting the PM and government for something that is blatantly false.
Worst of all, they have dragged the PM’s daughter into the matter!
Wasn’t it just recently that the opposition were on their high horse saying how wrong it was that a certain opposition Chief Minister’s son was wrongly accused of inappropriate behaviour?
Were these lies being spread about the PM’s daughter as some sort of retaliation?
I shudder to think that we are sinking to such gutter politics, but I wouldn’t put it past some people to have fed The West Australian false information for political gain!
How else would the Aussie paper have reported that Datuk Seri Najib’s daughter spent such a huge some in the high-end David Jones?
The Borneo Post report also stated that The West Australian made it clear that its policy is “to correct significant errors as quickly as possible”.
Good on you mate!
Now how about all those websites that have been spreading the lies? What will they do to right the many wrongs?
The Borneo Post report:
The West Australian clarifies that PM’s daughter was not in Perth
KUCHING: Perth newspaper The West Australian has published a clarification admitting that it had wrongly reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter had gone on a shopping spree during the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) there.
On Monday, The West Australian had claimed that Najib’s daughter spent A$60,000 (RM180,000) in high-end department store David Jones.
The paper printed a retraction in its Letters page on Thursday under the heading ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ that: “The West Australian acknowledges that this was not the case and that Mr Najib’s daughter was not in Perth at the time.”
A Portable Document Format (PDF) copy of the page was emailed to The Borneo Post by The West Australian business reporter journalist Neale Prior. This was in reply to an email from The Borneo Post seeking a clarification on the report.
The West Australian also said its policy is “to correct significant errors as quickly as possible”.
Readers are directed to contact the readers’ editor by mail at The Readers’ Editor, The West Australian, 50 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017, or sending a fax to +61 8 9482 3177, or emailing email@example.com.
Complainants are requested to include the headline, page number and date of publication of the report in their correspondence, as well as telephone number.
On Wednesday, Najib tweeted a denial over the news report that his wife and daughter had shopped excessively during his Perth visit to attend CHOGM.
The Prime Minister, who is in Mecca to perform the haj, had replied to a question in a tweet on Wednesday saying, “Don’t believe n spread lies. My daughter was not even in Australia n my wife did not buy any jewellery.”
The Malaysian Consul-general in Perth Hamidah Ashari had written to The West Australian’s editor on Tuesday, saying her office was appalled upon reading the article ‘Delegates go shopping, sightseeing’ published in the Oct 31 issue.
She said Najib’s daughter was not part of the Prime Minister’s delegation attending CHOGM, nor was she in Perth at that time.
The false report had been circulating online, particularly on opposition sites.