Politicians call for action against blog and rogue station

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  • Friday, 25 Feb 2011

KUCHING: Now that the brains behind Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak have been exposed, politicians from both sides of the divide are calling for action to be taken.

Sarawak United People’s Party youth chief Sii Hua Tong asked the authorities to find out if the blog and radio station had committed any offence.

“There is no need to create something to threaten the nation. No one in our country, whether in Barisan Nasional or the Opposition, will want to see our country in chaos. Whether those responsible are overseas or not, when they interfere in our nation’s interest and threaten national security, it is a serious matter.

“If what they allege is true, they must have evidence,” he told Star Sarawak yesterday.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said that he had been monitoring what was aired and opined that the contents were just rhetoric.

“Well, it is close to election and so you can expect a lot of things to pop up. I don’t like rhetoric,” he said.

Clare Rewcastle Brown, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Peter John Jaban, an Iban activist known as Papa Orang Utan to his listeners, went public on Wednesday saying they were responsible for the blog and radio station in a British tabloid report.

Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak have been very critical of Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Sarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah had said that what the duo had done was “malicious and dangerous” and that they had campaigned not only against Taib but also the nation.

Opposition leaders yesterday appealed to the authorities to launch an investigation, particularly on the claims as alleged in Sarawak Report.

“The most important thing is whether the claims are true or not. If their claims have no grounds, the authorities should take action against them. If there are, then the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission should take action,” Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said.

“Whether they are foreigners or locals, what is important is the truth. A responsible government should take action to clarify the allegations.”

Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen, on the other hand, said that the Chief Minister should make a public statement in response to the allegations.

“He should at least clear his name. So far he has been keeping mum, which is unacceptable,” Chong said.

Both Sarawak DAP and PKR said they were not linked to the blog and radio station, but were open for interviews if they received invitations from them.

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