I’m not saying that the Prime Minister’s daughter has never gone on a lavish spending spree in her life…but if she didn’t do it in PERTH, during the recent CHOGM, then all these accusations swirling online about a shopping spree involving her is a bit unfair, isnt it?
And since I just found out from The Borneo Post…that The West Australian – the newspaper that published the story has admitted that it was WRONG about the story…I do suspect some polically-motivated groups from Malaysia were behind the whole thing after all.
The West Australian is surely guilty of sloppy reporting (verging on false reporting) but definitely a Malaysian element was involved somewhere, somehow.
The West Australian has manned-up to its mistake…I wonder if all the online media outlets that carried the same story will do the same, or not?
Anyway, we can all probably put this under the category of ‘Negative Campaigning’ by the opposition.
The sweet smell of general elections is definitely in the air, and I expect the
stench fragrance will get heavier as we get closer to the new year.
How The Borneo Post reported the apology from The West Australian:
The West Australian clarifies that PM’s daughter was not in Perth
Posted on November 4, 2011, Friday
KUCHING: Perth newspaper The West Australian has published a clarification admitting that it had wrongly reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter had gone on a shopping spree during the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) there.
On Monday, The West Australian had claimed that Najib’s daughter spent A$60,000 (RM180,000) in high-end department store David Jones.
The paper printed a retraction in its Letters page on Thursday under the heading ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ that: “The West Australian acknowledges that this was not the case and that Mr Najib’s daughter was not in Perth at the time.”
A Portable Document Format (PDF) copy of the page was emailed to The Borneo Post by The West Australian business reporter journalist Neale Prior. This was in reply to an email from The Borneo Post seeking a clarification on the report.
The West Australian also said its policy is “to correct significant errors as quickly as possible”.
Readers are directed to contact the readers’ editor by mail at The Readers’ Editor, The West Australian, 50 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017, or sending a fax to +61 8 9482 3177, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complainants are requested to include the headline, page number and date of publication of the report in their correspondence, as well as telephone number.
On Wednesday, Najib tweeted a denial over the news report that his wife and daughter had shopped excessively during his Perth visit to attend CHOGM.
The Prime Minister, who is in Mecca to perform the haj, had replied to a question in a tweet on Wednesday saying, “Don’t believe n spread lies. My daughter was not even in Australia n my wife did not buy any jewellery.”
The Malaysian Consul-general in Perth Hamidah Ashari had written to The West Australian’s editor on Tuesday, saying her office was appalled upon reading the article ‘Delegates go shopping, sightseeing’ published in the Oct 31 issue.
She said Najib’s daughter was not part of the Prime Minister’s delegation attending CHOGM, nor was she in Perth at that time.
The false report had been circulating online, particularly on opposition sites.