Ahmad Slammed For Evading Responsibility
PENANG/BUTTERWORTH: The Penang & Seberang Perai journalists associations
issued their statements on Friday reprimanding UMNO Bukit Bendera divisional
chairman Ahmad Ismail.
The Penang Press Club slammed Ahmad for neglecting the professionalism of
journalists, and pushing the responsibility to the media after committing
the mistakes while not admitting that he had been wrong. It said such an
attitude was very immoral.
The club felt regretful over Ahmad Ismail’s action of openly condemning the
The Penang Press Club also hoped that politicians would respect the
professionalism of journalists, adding that if the politicians were certain
that the media had made any false report, they could attempt to resolve the
issue through legal means, not open condemnation.
The press club also urged the police to call the witnesses who were present
when Ahmad Ismail made the controversial speech, and complete the
investigations as soon as possible.
The Seberang Perai Press Association, meanwhile, condemned Ahmad Ismail for
accusing the media of making false reports and for his refusal to apologise,
calling such an attitude of evading responsibility and ascribing the blame
to the reporters as utterly disgusting.
The association said in a statement that if DPM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,
who was present when Ahmad Ismail delivered the speech, had later apologised
to the Chinese community, while PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had also
urged him to apologise, it could not understand why he refused to do so.
The association said UMNO Penang even openly supported him, attesting to
their arrogance and failure to care for the feelings of other races.
The association said it was extremely disappointed with the attitude of
Ahmad Ismail, who remained recalcitrant and refused to apologise even after
both PM and DPM had advised him to do so, and subsequently pushed the
responsibility to the media.
The statement said journalists covering the event had recorded everything
Ahamd Ismail said in his speech, and had subsequently reported the truth,
adding that the reporters would not intentionally misqoute him.
The Seberang Jaya Press Association made it clear that it would not tolerate
the act of the UMNO leader who had said something wrong and was not
courageous enough to admit his responsibility but instead ascribed the blame
to the media, adding that such a detestable and backward attitude must not
be allowed to exist.
If necessary, the association said it would throw its full support behind
the reporters who have reported the truth on this pendatang issue.