FD Iskandar denies the undeniable, ignoring the main issue of lying to the PM.

 |Dec 16, 2016
F.D. Iskandar.
F.D. Iskandar.

Media Prima Berhad chairman Dato Seri FD Iskandar, issued a brief official statement on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 denying the undeniable.

In an article I wrote and posted on Dec 13 on the news portal Malaysia Outlook, I referred to the media supremo as a common liar for having misled the prime minister on Nov 28 on at least 2 important points.

The first was his utterly absurd, malicious and false claim that I had made 12 appearances in a row in the months of October and November on TV3.

It might have been cheaper by the dozen, but, in truth, I made only 3.
The second, even more amazing and preposterous, is the reckless assertion that my appearances, in this instance, on 3 occasions, had caused the TV3 audience rating to drop to such dangerously low levels that he had to run crying to the prime minister that it all had to do with me.

I must admit that I have always been outrageously immodest about my own megalomaniac tendencies, but had never really thought that my 3 appearances could bring the mighty TV3 to its knees.

External influences, I might point out to FD Iskandar, are only as strong as his own internal weaknesses.

So, please, in God’s name, don’t make me a scapegoat to hide your personality defects.

After abusing my name to tell lies and mislead the Prime Minister on Nov 28, 2016 about my 12 appearances on TV3 that I was supposed to have made in a row which caused the plunge in its ratings, in his statement of Dec 13, he tried to mislead the public by accusing me of trying to undermine what he claimed to be the close working relationships between the personnel of the different entities within the Media Prima Group.

My own information suggests otherwise, and even if I had tried, I could not possibly have made the working climate in the group any the worse than it has been since his assumption of Media Prima chairmanship.

Even as he denied the events I wrote about, he is now putting it about that my demand for a public apology from him is the cause of the collapse in the working relationships of personnel in the different entities of his media empire.

There is, I fear, no accounting for one’s power of imagination.

Iskandar has in his statement conveniently avoided responding to the key issue I raised in my article that he on Nov 28, 2016 lied and misled the Prime Minister of Malaysia by dragging my name to spin his web of lies to serve his own diabolical agenda.

Therefore, let me reiterate that my demand for a public apology from him in terms and form of words that I approve of still remains.

It is no skin off my nose if he wishes to purge the Media Prima Group of all the news editors who have a mind of their own, but it becomes my business and concern when he used my name to lie and mislead the prime minister.

I do not think I am being unreasonable to exercise my rights to protect my name under the law.

Tunku Abdul Aziz is the former Special Adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Establishment of the UN Ethics Office and former Adviser to Bank Negara Malaysia.