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Washington Report Not A Hoax, says Bernama - But Wait!!
13/9/2001 1:04 am Thu
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The New Straits Times, 12 Sept 01, p2:
Washington report not a hoax, says Bernama
Kuala Lumpur, Tues. - Bernama denied allegations by DAP chairman
Lim Kit Siang that the national news agency had "perpetrated the
biggest hoax" with its report on Malaysia by the Washington-based
American Defence Council (ADC).
Bernama editor-in-chief Jaafar Hussin said the claim made by
Lim that the ADC could be a "phantom creature" was not true as
the organisation has a permanent address and a registered
telephone number in Washington.
The two page report had described Malaysia as the most
politically and democratically stable nation in Asia. It also
hit out at PAS, calling it "the best organised of the
reactionaries opposed to a modern state based on the politics of
tolerance, diversity and inclusion".
ADC, in its statement, also identified its office address as
1747 Pennyslvania Avenue NW, Washington DC and telephone number
as (202) 271-3959.
In rebutting Lim's allegations, Jaafar said: "It is our
standard practice to only release statements after verifying the
source of the statements."
Jaafar also said the Bernama report which was reported by
local newspapers on Saturday did not originate from Bernama's
office in Washington as claimed by Lim.
"We received the statement in Kuala Lumpur and after
verifying the source, we decided to run the story," he said.
Jaafar also said he could not understand why Lim had
questioned and also descrived as a hoax another report released
by Bernama on Aug 18 quoting a US-based group, the National
Center for Public Policy Research.
"How could the report be a hoax when the Washington Times newspaper had published the same report," he said. - BERNAMA