On 25th April 2007, at 18.15 p.m., Bernama (Malaysia’s News Agency) screams with the headline: “Khalid’s Tongue Slips And Urges People To Vote BN”.
That is Khalid Ibrahim, the Keadilan candidate for this Saturday’s Ijok by-election.
“I said, ‘JANGAN (Don’t) undi (vote) Barisan Nasional …. there was no laughing or our supporters shouting that I allegedly made a mistake. They decided to take out that one word. Everyone was stunned because the FRU moved in,” was Khalid’s reply.
In his blog, blogger-supremo Jeff Ooi says: “Incidentally, yesterday (April 25), the (Prime Minister’s) Son-in-Law (Khairy Jamaluddin) was briefing Bernama journalists in the Training Room on reportage on Ijok, so said a Little Bird”.
Don’t know who to believe, right?
I wasn’t there at the ceramah, so I cannot say either.
But honestly, I would take anything Bernama says with a BIG pinch of salt.
If you don’t believe me, read the below stories and tell me whether Bernama has developed a reputation for “twisting” or “leaving out” or worst still “manufacturing” facts?
I don’t base my opinion on rumours, but on my own experience with Bernama. Here it is:
The rest is up to you.