Khir demands apology from paper over report

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Datuk Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has demanded an apology from a Chinese newspaper over a report alleging that his personal driver was arrested in Kuala Lumpur for having a tube of heroin. 

Dr Khir, who was angry over the report, said: “It is an erroneous news report. I was told about this while having breakfast this morning (yesterday). I was shocked. I don’t know what the newspaper’s agenda is for publishing this article, which is baseless. 

“I want a public apology to be published prominently in the newspaper,” Dr Khir said when met at his residence yesterday. 

“The driver in question was not in Kuala Lumpur as claimed, as he was present at Padang Mahkota in Istana Alam Shah until the coronation ceremony (of the Sultan of Selangor, on Sunday) was over.” 

The report in the Chinese daily claimed that the driver was supposed to be at the palace in Klang to ferry Dr Khir after the coronation ceremony but instead went missing to buy drugs. 

According to a source, the reporter had misunderstood the facts given by police in Kuala Lumpur. 

It is learnt that the man arrested is actually a driver for a prominent politician in Klang. 

Dr Khir said no one from the newspaper's editorial team had called him to verify the facts.  

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