Loke denies instructing press sec to demand heads roll in RTM

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  • Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019

PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Anthony Loke has denied instructing his press secretary Lim Swee Kuan to demand for heads to roll in RTM following mounting public criticism.

This comes after Lim questioned if RTM was sabotaging the federal government after his boss' speech at the 2019 Chinese New Year Open House was not broadcast on Sunday (Feb 17). 

“I never gave any instructions," said Loke.

"Of course, he wrote it based on his own feelings. But, I have never given any instructions. 

“I’ll leave this to the respective minister, in particular Gobind Singh, to investigate,” he was heard saying in an audio clip of a press conference obtained by The Star. 

In demanding an explanation from RTM, Lim said, “Heads must roll over the highly possible sabotage against the government administration.” 

Pressed further by the media, Loke said he had spoken to Lim following the incident, but declined to elaborate. 

“It’s okay-lah. I leave it as it is. 

"As I said earlier, I have never given instructions to lodge complaints. It’s just a personal opinion on his part,” he reiterated. 

Loke also denied that Lim’s statement was tantamount to an infringement on media freedom. 

“It’s not a question of infringing media freedom. We want to understand why certain portions of the live event was taken out. 

"I think that’s the real issue here. 

“It’s a government TV station, and it’s supposed to be a live event. But why were certain portions taken out? I think that is the crux of the issue,” he said.

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