Journalists offended by Guan Eng's 'Media BN' label

Kelly Koh

MALACCA: The Malacca Journalist Association (MJA) has expressed its dismay at being labelled as ‘Media BN’ by DAP’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

In a statement issued here today, the association, which is made up of mostly Chinese vernacular pressmen, stated that its members were upset over Lim’s remark, claiming that the media had exaggerated the numbers of 182 DAP members who resigned here recently.

“We feel that Lim’s statement has disrespected the media’s professional conduct and its freedom.

“Should Lim have doubts on the exact figure of those who have resigned, then as a party secretary-general, he should have sought confirmation from his party committee to verify this instead of lashing at the media who covered the press conference on the mass resignation,” said MJA chairman Choong Kion Sin.

On Sunday, pressmen from vernacular Chinese papers covered the press conference on the resignation of 182 DAP members which was led by former Malacca DAP vice-chairman Liou Chen Kuang at the Kota Melaka service centre in Kota Laksamana here.

Lim when asked to comment on the mass resignation in Parliament yesterday, cynically said that the picture of those who resigned only showed 20 people but was reported as 182 people by the ‘BN Media’.

The association said that Lim should not have labelled the Chinese vernacular pressmen in Malacca as such as he was active in Malacca’s political arena for many years.

He added that Lim was aware of the professional handling of news reports by reporters in Malacca as he once served in Malacca before becoming the Penang Chief Minister.

“This is unacceptable. Lim should not label the media who covered the press conference as Media BN.

“This tarnishes the image of the media and its freedom,” he added.

The association today also contacted Liou, who announced his resignation on Sunday.

Liou confirmed that there was indeed 182 DAP members who had handed in their resignation letters and the letters have since been sent to DAP’s headquarters through PosLaju as of 4pm yesterday.