I wish to bring to your attention a couple of Malaysiakini news pieces that of late have placed Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in underserved bad light due to alleged accounts of in-fighting and dissensions within the party that have depended largely on unnamed so called “insider sources/ accounts.”
Two recent reports come to mind “Sabah chief throws 'tantrums' at PKR meet” (15 October 2009) which I have already clarified with a press statement; and now the latest report “PKR sec-gen denies quit rumours” (27 October 2009) which had several hours earlier appeared in a more scandalous form but has since been amended. As far as the party leadership is concerned, it has not received any resignation letter and Salehuddin Hashim remains PKR's secretary-general. But the damage has been done: another report on in-fighting and dissensions in PKR. It would be interesting if Malaysiakini could confront these “sources” and demand for a copy of the “strongly-worded letter of resignation.”
While it is not in PKR’s place nor is it desirable for a political party to influence editorial policies of an independent news organisation like Malaysiakini, I found these pieces have been far too reliant on unnamed “insider sources/ accounts” that have exaggerated or told half truths or simply lies of particular party affairs.
While I do not doubt that there are “insider sources” for whatever devious plans and motives have been leaking out such information to Malaysiakini, I would request that you take more care and consideration in basing reports on these unnamed “insider sources/ accounts”; press for them to be named if they want to be taken seriously; and to scrupulously verify from other sources who have no qualms to be named.
There now seems to be a concerted campaign to portray PKR as a party mired in deep internal trouble and I hope Malaysiakini which has been the leading new media over the last decade can exercise better journalism and avoid being manipulated towards that end.
Latheefa KoyaInformation Chief of PKR