Utusan Malaysia Urged to be More Ethical


SHAH ALAM, 24 Oct: The Umno-controlled newspaper, Utusan Malaysia, has been urged to be more responsible and ethical when reporting news by prioritising journalistic professionalism.

Senator Syed Husin Ali said the apology by the newspaper today proves that the allegation against him is unfounded.

He said, Utusan’s apology is for the defamation suit against the newspaper on the defaming accusation that he received RM500,000 to dissolve Parti Rakyat Malaysia and join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) early year 2000.

Syed Husin who is also the former Vice President (PKR) said the condition was for Utusan to apologise by publishing an apology in the newspaper within 10 days from today.

“I leave the follow-up to my lawyer, L Bani Prakash and the amount of compensation to be received,” he said when contacted by TVSelangor today.

He said that there are two other defamation cases involving Utusan Malaysia regarding Zulkifli Nordin’s statement and expects the newspaper to make an appeal.

The case was over an article on page eight of the March 6, 2010 edition of the Utusan Malaysia under the headline “RM500,000: Syed Husin dicabar lapor polis” (RM500,000: Syed Husin challenged to report to police) and two other individuals regarding the article which defamed him.

Justice Su Geok Yam recorded the settlement statement Thursday in the presence of all parties.

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