According to journalist turned multi-millionaire Kalimullah Maseerul Hassan, he did not get a single Government project in his entire 50+ years of life. At least that is what he told Bernama in a statement denying that he has any links with the news portal The Malaysian Insider.
This is the Bernama story in full:
KALIMULLAH DENIES INVOLVEMENT WITH 'MALAYSIAN INSIDER'
KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 (Bernama) -- Journalist-turned-businessman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan today stressed that he had never been involved with 'The Malaysian Insider', a news portal, in any way.
"I am also not a director of Efficient E Solutions which I quit on June 21, 2006. I did not get any government contract in my life and am not a shareholder in VPI International," he said in response to allegations by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), yesterday.
JMM alleged that the backers of the news portal had defamed the government although they had profited from government contracts.
JMM's allegation was based on an inference that Efficient E-Solutions held a 20 per cent stake in VPI International, which won an imaging and data capture scanning service contract from the Inland Revenue Board.
Kalimullah said: "If JMM has evidence of wrongdoings, it should, as a responsible NGO funded by well-meaning Malaysians of high standing, hand over the evidence to the authorities, without further delay."
He also hoped that BERNAMA, as the national news agency, "of which I was once chairman, would act responsibly in future and verify such allegations before publishing them." - BERNAMA.
Yes Kali, we believe you! We are naive Malaysians. By the way, we also believe in the Tooth Fairy.
No point denying it when everyone knows that your friends Brenden Pereira and Jahabar Sadiq are running The Malaysian Insider. And what about the millions of ringgit made by Fox Media? Your friend/proxy Pereira was behind it. Didn't Fox Media make millions from the Government from event management and PR for the five economic corridors. Fox Media was even receiving a RM250,000 monthly retainer from Sime Darby Berhad, the highest ever paid to a local PR company. That only stopped after the bloggers started to make a fuss about it. Is this money being used to finance the highly-paid CEOs and writers employed by The Malaysian Insider?
Having served under Kalimullah in the NST, I have a lot of stories about this man. But I will keep that for another day.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.