Wednesday, September 17, 2008

NST twists Najib's Statement....yet again.

I was shocked to read the NST online report a few minutes ago (11.15pm, 17 Sept, 2008) under the heading: "ABDULLAH: Early leadership transition possible" which it credited Bernama for.

Again, NST chose to twist what Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak had said.

This is how NST twisted Najib's words: "Najib also said that he would not accept any nomination for the president’s post as he was committed to the succession plan."

This is what the actual Bernama report quoted Najib as saying on receiving nominations for the post of Umno President: "We already agreed to it, we are leaving it to the party. We are offering ourselves, we hope party (members) will accept it."


I reproduce here the Bernama report in full:

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the leadership transition which had been agreed upon by him and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2010 can take place much earlier.

"The timing for the handing over of power to Najib is flexible. I will decide when to go; I will not be staying more than 2010, naturally."If I want to go earlier, it is possible," the prime minister told a news conference at his office here. Najib was also present at the news conference.

Abdullah said the transition plan would depend, among others, on Najib's performance.

Pressed further on the timing, Abdullah said, "It could be between now and June 2010."Saying that both leaders were committed to the succession plan, Abdullah said he would defend the Umno presidency at party polls in December while Najib had also confirmed that he would not challenge Abdullah for the post.

When asked further on the timeframe, Abdullah said, "It is not for you to ask and for me to say."Abdullah said the matter would be decided accordingly as the succession process progresses.

Najib concurred with Abdullah, saying they both had reached an agreement on the matter.

He hoped that the transition plan would be accepted by the party for the sake of the country's stability and solidarity within the party.

Asked whether he (Najib) would accept any nomination for the presidency, Najib said, "We have already agreed to it. We are leaving it to the party. We are offering ourselves, we hope the party will accept it."-- BERNAMA


Anonymous said...

Apa kata ahli Umno dan pembaca NST start buat laporan POLIS terhadap NST kerana 'MENYEBARKAN BERITA PALSU dan MENIMBULKAN KERESAHAN DIKALANGAN RAKYAT". Tak salah kan?

At least kita mungkin dapat tahu siapa sebenarnya 'pelacur' dlm NST yg melacurkan suratkhabar itu.

Ok ker? Ada orang Umno yg berani bertindak ker? Kita ber-arak ramai-ramai buat laporan polis, lepas tu kita buat protes secara aman di-Jalan Riong.

Lepas tu kita pi berbuka puasa kat Mahbob. ok ?

Anonymous said...

Tolong la jangan cepat sangat salahkan NST. Sebenarnya Bernama yang ada dua version berlainan tentang cerita tu. Cuba check dengan bernama lah. Kadang kadang perasaan hasad ni mampu mangaburi apa saja.

Observing Malaysia said...

Hi Ashraf
Is it deliberate spin or plain incompetent reporting?

Al Capone said...

Sebenarnya kita tidak dapat pastikan siapa sebenarnya "pelacur" atau "two faces" di dalam sesebuah organisasi khususnya yang berkaitan politik dan media. tetapi percayalah dengan menggunakan pendekatan perundangan yang sedia ada, gejala ini mungkin dapat dikurangkan atau dihapuskan terus. GERTAK MAU ADA!

Al-Ikhsan said...

Saudara Ashraf, memang benar kata Anonymous September 18, 2008 3:35 PM.

Aden kojo kek bernamo. Den tau. Dua versi. Satu keluak awal. Nampaknye NST terkene maki hamun sebab ambik versi awal.

Skarng kene ler chek Bernamo, tengok sapo member yang ter-quote TPM. Jgn jgn dia tu konco sapa ye? said...

Know the Difference: Transition, not Handover.
For the moment, the UMNO leadership crisis appears to have been averted with the announcement of the cabinet portfolio swap between Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Deputy Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. As recently as last week, analysts and commentators were anticipating Najib to make a move on the Presidency before the year’s end. And why would they not? After UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin rekindled the debate about Abdullah’s position, Najib appeared to position himself for an assault on the post when he remarked that the divisions should decide for themselves when the transition should occur – essentially informing that he was more than ready to receive nominations for the post of Party President.

But with the portfolio swap, Najib may not see a need to gun for the Presidency – and by implication Premiership of the country – so soon. Notwithstanding the fact that a transition of power is, as Abdullah quipped, a process and not something carried out overnight, Abdullah must be credited for such a bold move. Skeptics have characterised it as a calculated political decision to neutralise any potential threat from Najib. Political considerations there definitely were, but by paving the way for Najib to take helm of the Ministry of Finance, Abdullah has also demonstrated magnanimity and sincerity to groom his successor for the top job in 2010.

Being Prime Minister with little experience in managing the country’s economy will likely prove a mammoth task for anyone. And as it turns out, Najib is no ordinary figure with an ordinary past. With ample ammunition for the Opposition to take aim at his credibility – the SAS (Sukoi, Altantunya, Submarine) scandals spring to mind as illustrations – a Najib administration could use a head-start in spearheading economic recovery at a time when global financial uncertainty is affecting countries in this region, too.. It is further also to Najib’s convenience that the Budget for the year 2009 has just been announced with much of the implementation left for him to oversee. As such, Najib does not have the baggage of others’ inefficiency to contend with – a prevalent concern whenever an economic plan is carried out.

As things, at least for the time being, cool down with regards to any contest for the Presidency of UMNO, it would be interesting to see Tun Dr.. Mahathir’s next move. Commanding a yet formidable following, his end-game for quite a while now is to unseat Abdullah as Prime Minister. His peculiar friendships with Tengku Razaleigh, Muhyiddin and Najib are telling – those individuals are all nothing more than instruments to his ultimate goal: the downfall of Abdullah.

Ultimately, Abdullah’s supporters will hope that the PM’s move will be repaid with loyalty by Najib. Even to many who may not be Abdullah’s biggest fans are wary of the damage that an open contest will cause the party. Even they would gladly take two more years of Abdullah over the prospect of an internal split that will likely occur should we witness a repeat of the embarrassment suffered by the late Tun Ghafar Baba at the hands of a ruthless Machiavellian by the name of Anwar Ibrahim.

nstman (your ex-colleague) said...

Brudder, you were once part of the spinning team of the NST. Now you are condemning the new spinners. Case of the pot calling the iettoe black. Apa ini? Hey brudder, Syed Nadzri, your former hero, needs to cari makan also, lah.

Ashraf said...

nstman (your ex-colleague),

I beg to differ. I have NEVER twisted any statement and turned it into a blatant lie, Never. Neither have I instructed my reporters to twist statements. That only started under this present regime at the NST. It shows how desperate the present regime is.

Goldenhope (your ex-colleague at G.Hope) said...

Of course, under that regime you were working under, that would not constitute to spinning would it? They call it national service.

Depends on which side of the river you are on. Kekadang kuman seberang laut nampak, tapi gajah depan mata buat buat tak nampak ler..

Anonymous said...

It is important that the media reports the truth. For truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues. When we are not truthful, it is impossible to acquire other virtues.

Newspapers must hold to this principle. Leaders must hold to this principle.