Hornbill Unleashed

November 3, 2016

Red Shirts threaten to ‘tear down’ Malaysiakini office over Soros funding

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Red Shirts leader Datuk Jamal Yunus (left, centre) is pictured with Steven Gan (right) and editors of Malaysiakini at a café near the latter's office in Petaling Jaya November 3, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaSome 50 members of the Red Shirts movement marched to Malaysiakini’s office here today to demand an explanation over claims that the news portal received funding from US magnate George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Red Shirts leader Datuk Jamal Yunus approached the main gate of the office block here amid heavy presence of police and the Federal Reserve Unit, a riot control force, before sitting down with the three of is editors of the portal at a café to discuss the matter.Red shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and his members gather outside the Malaysiakini office in Petaling Jaya, November 3, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

At the main gate, the police, after speaking with Malaysiakini editors, only allowed 10 representatives of the group including Jamal to enter the premises.

In the meeting, Jamal demanded that Malaysiakini explain to him the allegations of receiving funding from OSF by this Saturday noon, failing which Jamal said the group will hold a mass protest and supposedly “tear down” half of the building on that day.

“Are you really going to tear down our building?” the portal’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan asked following the threat.

“I don’t know…I cannot promise anything on that day,” Jamal replied, while sipping the coffee provided.

Despite that, the portal’s Malay language desk editor Jimadie Shah Othman answered Jamal’s queries on the alleged funding by OSF.

Red shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and his members gather outside the Malaysiakini office in Petaling Jaya, November 3, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa“Our funding come from donors, subscribers, advertisements and yes, some did come from OSF…all these information are in our website,” he said.

Jamal’s group left the office about 15 minutes later and told reporters outside that he still plans hold another rally outside the office this Saturday.

“God willing, if I’m still alive, I will bring some 20,000 members from NGOs nationwide to protest here,” he claimed.

Several police reports have been lodged against electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0, urging the police to investigate the authenticity of leaked minutes purportedly from an OSF meeting that detailed its efforts to intervene in Malaysian politics through donations.

The document also reportedly said Malaysiakini’s video arm KiniTV had also received funding from the Malaysia Programme.

Malaysiakini said that the grant was used to produce the Realiti Sarawak and Sekilas Bumi Kenyalang programmes and that it only constituted a small portion of its revenue.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah also said the organisation has not received any money from OSF since mid-2011 onwards.

Source : A. RUBAN@The Malay Mail Online



  1. These Melayu ‘pride’ of the nation reduced to shame of the nation. This disgusting display of poor human value was more to boost the depleted image of PDRM which have suffered greatly under a UMNO marble polisher chief. Malaysia is one big stage promoting Ketuanan Najib’s Clowns.

    MO1 and umno is determined to close Malaysiakini down. This is the clearest warning from MO1. These thugs are the only ones licensed by the umno government to go around threatening people with impunity. Imagine what will happen if any other people were to assemble like that in from of an umno linked place. Will the IGP remain silent?

    Comment by Mustafi — November 5, 2016 @ 6:46 PM | Reply

  2. Strange that countries that support public freedom are no longer welcome here. On the contrary, country that have poor freedom records are warmly welcome.

    Soon it will welcome all citizens from the ‘pendatang’ country and demands the ‘hantu putih’ (white ghosts) to go back to their countries. Such is the irony of life.

    Comment by Aifa — November 5, 2016 @ 8:18 AM | Reply

  3. BONGKAR: mesyuarat sepenuhnya antara Jamal dan Malaysiakini

    Comment by Aifa — November 4, 2016 @ 8:20 AM | Reply

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