Editors of defunct news portal apologise to ex-MB, admit libel

Two ex-editors of The Malaysian Insider news portal today apologised to former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim over two articles for which he sued them for defamation.

khalid_ibrahim_1504_620_397_100

Former chief executive of the now-closed news portal, Jahabar Sadiq, and its Malay section’s news editor, Amin Shah Iskandar, acknowledged in open court today that the article titled Going by Selangor ruler’s criteria, Khalid should quit as MB and its Malay translation had affected Khalid’s reputation.

“We accept the facts the Article One and Article Two was slanderous, offended and hurt the reputation of Tan Sri Datuk Seri Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim as the Selangor mentri besar, as the Bandar Tun Razak assemblyman and as the Perlabuhan Klang MP and in his personal capacity.

“Realising the above, we retract the Article One and Article Two. We also expressly and unconditionally wish to express our regret and sincerely apologise to Tan Sri Datuk Seri Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim,” Jahabar said in his apology which he read out in court today.

Article One refers to the original article while Article Two refers to the Malay translation.