“Earlier today, Lim Guan Eng’s press secretary told media that a police report was lodged over the dissemination of fake messages and news relating to his boss on social media. In light of this, I think it best that the press secretary also lodges a report against his boss for refusing to retract the fake news item his previous administration in Penang published via Buletin Mutiara and refused to retract despite the report I lodged with the MCMC”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
On the 7th of March 2018, The Third Force delivered a notice to Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng informing the duo that a report would be lodged against the latter with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
A second notice was thereafter delivered to the same individuals via the same blog on the 9th of March 2018 before the lodging of the said report on the 15th of March 2019.
The report was in relation to the publication of fake news by the Penang state government’s official gazette, Buletin Mutiara, and was submitted to the MCMC together with the following documents:
Prior to making the report, on the 7th of March 2018, I published the following via The Third Force:
Proof that Lim Guan Eng is the bearer of fake news:
1. Last Sunday, I challenged Guan Eng to issue a formal retraction of a 4th of March 2013 report by the Penang state government’s official gazette, Buletin Mutiara.
2. According to the report, not only did the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) awarded the RM6.3 billion Penang Undersea Tunnel project register a paid-up capital of RM4.6 billion, both Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and CRCC jointly held a 70 percent stake in the conglomerate.
3. However, on the 23rd of January 2018, Dato’ Seri Wee Ka Siong more or less rubbished the report by pointing out that CRCC denied it was ever a shareholder from the get-go.
4. Then, on the 11th of February 2018, the MCA Deputy President further noted that the Chinese construction giant had long stopped work owing to the SPV’s failure to fulfil 95 percent of its obligations, said to be worth some RM69 million.
5. In an apparent response to the MCA leader, on the 7th of February 2018, Guan Eng denied for the umpteenth time that he ever contended CRCC was a shareholder.
6. But not only is this a blatant lie on the Chief Minister’s part, there is ample evidence to prove that he did in fact tie the Chinese construction firm up with the tunnel SPV in terms of shareholding.
7. Considering that Guan Eng insists on lying forward, the aforementioned evidence is effectively testimony to the fact that the Chief Minister of Penang is in the business of disseminating disinformation and untruths in a manner that is wilful and probably with intent to deceive the people.
8. Considering also that these lies are communicated by him in the same breath he hurls slander against the MACC, the ruling Barisan Nasional, UMNO and the MCA, we can safely conclude that his mission is to incite hatred among Malaysian citizens against persons of authority and the democratically instituted GoM.
9. When I challenged Guan Eng to issue a formal retraction of the 4th of March 2013 report by Buletin Mutiara, I did so with prior knowledge that he had gone on record several times to deny that CRCC ever had a shareholding in tunnel SPV.
10. But not only did he ignore my challenge, he continued to eclipse the blunder by accusing Ka Siong of denying that the president of the MCA, Dato’ Seri Liow Tiong Lai, “abused his power as Transport Minister to pressure CRCC, which Wee and BN first dragged into this political controversy.”
11. That makes no sense whatsoever, considering that the Chief Minister himself misled the people into thinking that the tunnel SPV was financially backed by a Chinese construction giant worth RM4 billion.
12. Furthermore, it is the DAP led state government that seems to have conspired to award the RM6.3 billion tunnel project to the ill-capacitated SPV by breaking procurement rules, lying about shareholding and publishing fake news via the state’s official newsletter.
13. The fact that the Chief Minister has no intention whatsoever of putting right his wrong is made manifest by his refusal to issue a formal retraction of the 4th of March 2013 report by Buletin Mutiara.
14. His refusal to do so goes a long way to show that his administration may have published fake news with the wilful intent of further deceiving the people and misleading authorities.
15. For the record, all I’ve done today is to adduce as evidence one of the many instances in which Guan Eng has promoted the spread untruths and fake news.
16. If I were to list down the countless number of times the Chief Minister did the same while defending the multibillion tunnel project, the alleged bungalow-for-land scam deal, the cancer-causing illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu (where I personally cornered him) and the Tanjung Bungah landslide, there is no telling how long this notice will go.
17. In light of this, I will leave the remaining details for another editorial assuming you deny the validity of all the aforementioned or falsely accuse others of publishing fake news.
What can we conclude from all this?
1. The Chief Minister of Penang and his state administration should be investigated by the Ministry of Home Affairs pursuant to the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 for publishing fake news via the state run Buletin Mutiara.
2. The Chief Minister and his administration should also be investigated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) pursuant to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for furnishing fake news online via the state-run portal Buletin Mutiara and some other channels.
3. As previously mentioned and based on arguments presented herein, we can conclude that the Chief Minister’s mission is indeed to incite hatred among Malaysian citizens against people of authority and the democratically instituted GoM.
4. In my opinion, Lim Guan Eng is in no way suited to serve as Chief Minister of Penang and the leader of a political party as he has displayed both subversive and psycho-neurotic tendencies on countless occasions, particularly during the many press-conferences he held in which he hurled slander against the ruling Barisan Nasional, UMNO, the MCA and the MACC.
Earlier today, Lim Guan Eng’s press secretary told media that a police report was lodged over the dissemination of fake messages and news relating to his boss on social media (READ FULL STORY HERE).
In light of this, I think it best that the press secretary also lodges a report against his boss for refusing to retract the fake news item his previous administration in Penang published via Buletin Mutiara and refused to retract despite the report I lodged with the MCMC.