Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Information Minister vs Al Jazeera

In Kuala Lumpur, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has refuted satellite television station Al Jazeera's claim that police had used force on the hundreds of protesters.

He told the station that police had tried to disperse the protesters by using water cannons, as the gathering was illegal.

“When they refused to disperse, the police allowed them to march to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum demanding a clean and fair election.

“The police managed to handle the situation as best they could,” he said over the phone in a live interview by Al Jazeera here.

Asked why Malaysia did not allow such gatherings, Zainuddin said they were unnecessary because general election had been held without fail in this country.

The minister also hit out at Al Jazeera for having the wrong perception when posing questions.

Al Jazeera reporters had their own perceptions about Malaysia before coming here, he said, adding that “Malaysia is not Myanmar or Pakistan; it is a democratic country.”– Bernama

What causes Al Jazeera reporters to have their own perceptions about Malaysia even though they know they should not hold any perceptions while reporting news. I guess the image of Malaysia is getting more and more... sad... relating to false-democracy country, terrorism, lack of equal opportunity that kind of thing.

Sad.. sad

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