Media plot against Najib may have begun shortly after he became PM
Conspiracies abound. The Rakyat Post reports that it is becoming quite apparent that a third media organisation could be part of a plot to undermine the authority of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, judging from recent reports.
So far, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has named Sarawak Report and The Edge Media group as parties which had published alleged leaked emails between 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Petrosaudi International (PSI), which Thai police said had been tampered by former PSI director Xavier Andre Justo.
These media reports have been cited by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in calling for Najib’s resignation, claiming improprieties by the latter.
And last week, The Wall Street Journal published claims of corruption — with funds supposedly transferred by 1MDB to Najib’s bank accounts — though WSJ has yet to publicly release supposed investigation documents which back up these allegations.
And just weeks earlier, The New York Times published a supposed expose on Jho Low — alleging improper links by the Malaysian businessman with 1MDB and Najib — citing tenuous speculation.
Strangely enough, the NYT and WSJ happen to be owned by the same global media firm that also controls New York Post — which first ran a piece “exposing” Jho Low’s “hi-jinks” back in 2009, just months after Najib assumed office and 1MDB forged its partnership with PSI.
This same global media firm also happens to own UK’s The Sunday Times, whose editor Andrew Neil was supposedly dismissed with a £1 million pay-off because, as reported by UK’s The Independent on Oct 16, 1996:
“Rupert Murdoch, the owner, feared his television interests in Asia would be damaged by the paper’s allegations about the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed.”
The Independent said the dismissal claim was made by Neil in his biography and was related to ensure the beaming of Star TV channels into Malaysia.
The only question now is why the attack against Najib started mere months after he became the nation’s PM, with the blessing of Dr Mahathir no less — who has tried to explain the change of heart in his chedet blog, but failed to disclose key details.
Is there something that needs to remain hidden from the public’s eye that Najib’s administration has been fighting hard to unveil? If so, what is this big dark secret that three media outfits have already joined the fray to fight for?