Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan says news and information published by The Edge Media group cannot be trusted following the three-month suspension of two of its publications, beginning July 27.
“If The Edge can cheat a known sleek criminal like (Xavier Andre Justo), I won’t be surprised if they could cheat ordinary Malaysians just as well.
“At the moment, given what has been revealed so far, we cannot take what The Edge is saying at face value,” he wrote on his official Facebook page today.
The Kota Belud MP said that the a news organisation had played with the information that they obtained for ulterior intentions and political purposes.
“What an honourable news organisation should have done was to publish the stolen information and immediately declare how they got the information.
“Unfortunately The Edge did not do so. They misled Malaysians into thinking they obtained the information honourably from a reliable source.
“They milked the story for a few months for political purposes while hoping no one would know who Justo was,” he said.
His response came after The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily have been slapped with a three-month suspension by the Home Ministry, effective July 27.
According to an article published on The Edge Markets website this afternoon, if publications were not halted for three months, it may result in the withdrawal of their publishing permits.
In the letter from the ministry, it said that the two publications’ reporting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.