Following my posting “Sin Chew reporter did not lie“, I received this clarification from Merdeka Review editor-in-chief Chang Tek Peng. So, it’s best I publish this verbatim, for better understanding between the two. Our fight is still against Adnan for his damning remarks. So damning that he caused one reporter her job.
As for Long Yew Foo, the reporter, he has done his best to tell the truth as it is. And I am not perturbed by his statement that Merdeka Review had used my words to attack Sin Chew. I understand fully how news stories are written sometimes. As I said earlier, my focus is still Adnan.
Anyway, here’s what Merdeka Review says:
I refer to your posting, Sin Chew reporter said he did not lie, and like to clarify misleading statement made by the reporter of Sin Chew Daily, Mr Long Yew Foo. I here quote three paragraphs from your posting:
Apparently, Long had read Merdeka Review and they quoted me saying something to the effect that Sin Chew had lied. But I remember, I was simply asking the question. “Sin Chew, did you lie?”
“Unfortunately, some people are quoting your words by attacking my company seems like for being liar and also affect my professionalism,” said Long.
He added that my statement was quoted by www.merdekareview.com on Mar 19, 2007, with the sub-headline “Sin Chew, did you lie?”
The statements mentioned above have indeed misled your readers that merdekareview.com was quoting your words to attack Sin Chew Daily seems like it is a liar. BUT we did not do so as what he claimed. I regret that Mr Long’s baseless statement, be it intentionally or otherwise, implies that merdekareview.com has irresponsibly misquoted your posting to attack Sin Chew Daily.
I quote herewith the paragraph, which has mentioned Sin Chew Daily, published in merdekareview.com for your perusal:
Susan Loone said, by watching Malaysiakini’s video clip of the press conference, she was disappointed to see journalists had not cornered Tengku Adnan at all. She said: “At the end, he was saying out-rightly that Sin Chew daily, who carried his comments, lied.” “I do not think we should be swayed by his sweet talk, and let him get away unscatched……Unless Sin Chew lied. So, Sin Chew, did you lie?”
From the paragraph, I would like to draw your attention that:
- It is clear that we did not make any comment and/or conclusion when quoting the sentences from your posting. We did not imply in any way that Sin Chew Daily had lied in the issue. But why Mr Long over-reacted to this? Only he knows the answer.
- We fully understand that you did not accuse Sin Chew Daily had lied but questioning Tengku Adnan’s denial to admit that he made the statement to lash out women bloggers.
I would like to stress here that as an independent news portal, merdekareview.com stands firm on the professionalism of journalism. Since we launched in August 2005, we have uprightly explored many issues and incidents that Chinese newspapers, including the company which Mr Long is serving, were avoiding to touch on.
CHANG Teck Peng