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Free Press Comments Put Malaysian Reporter in Hot Water
UMNO-owned mouthpiece seeks to muzzle truth-teller
Utusan Malaysia, the flagship Malay-language newspaper of the United Malays National Organisation is seeking to fire Hata Wahari, one of its leading journalists, for defending the independence of the press and calling for moderation in reporting on Malaysia's tense race relations.
Hata, a 16-year veteran reporter with Utusan who was elected president of the country's National Union of Journalists in September, is expected to face a disciplinary hearing on Jan. 17 into charges that he tarnished the newspaper's image with statements he made calling for press freedom that he issued to independent media between Sept. 21 and Oct. 14 of last year. HERE
Malaysian Official Denies Rape Allegations
Communications Minister Rais says allegations were inspired by opposition parties
Information Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim today denied an allegation that he had raped his Indonesian maid in 2007, describing the accusations as “wild” and inspired by bloggers and opposition political parties
"I refute the allegations, whether they are about raping any individual four years ago or any other allegation, raised by bloggers on the Internet or by any political entity," he said in a statement sent to Malaysiakini, the independent Malaysian website. HERE
Malaysian Coroner's Explosive Ruling
The 2009 death of an opposition aide in custody was neither suicide nor homicide, the coroner rules.
An explosive and confusing verdict by Malaysia's Coroner's Court has kicked off a furor in Kuala Lumpur. Azmil Muntapha Abas Wednesday ruled out both homicide and suicide in the death of an opposition party aide whose body was found in July of 2009 on the fifth floor roof of a building next to Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission.
Azmil returned an open verdict into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, raising a whole new series of questions beyond the one of how the 29-year-old aide to a Democratic Action Party opposition leader died. Teoh was being questioned on the 12th floor of the MACC building in the middle of the night before his body was found atop the adjacent building. HERE