Jul 11, 2007

Umno members lodge report against Tian Chua

(The Sun) A group of Umno Youth members, led by its deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, lodged a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today against Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua.

They called on the commission to investigate immediately the doctored photo Chua posted on his web log in relation to the murder case of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

"It is important for us to lodge this report because of the nature of the photo. We feel that it is an unacceptable act and an abuse of the freedom that we have in this country.

"We hope MCMC will take the appropriate measures to investigate the matter as soon as possible," he said after a meeting with MCMC chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie and three of its senior officials.

On July 2, Chua posted the photo which made it look like Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, Altantuya and Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, one of the accused in the case, were seated at the same restaurant table.

On Thursday (July 5), Chua told reporters he will not retract the photo or apologise for it despite numerous calls for him to do so because the photo was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek response to the circumstances surrounding the testimony of one of the witnesses in the trial.

Khairy said the Umno Youth members were made to understand that MCMC would commence investigation on the matter following the report.

He added that the full content of the report will be posted on Umno Youth's website.

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