Kalimullah's June 11 legacy.
Extracted, from court documents filed recently by Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan in his on-going suit against lawyer-author Matthias Chang:“It was incorrect as I subsequently found out. And this issue was subsequently clarified in the New Straits Times.”The NSTP former Group Editor-in-Chief and now Deputy Chairman/Editorial Adviser made this admission in response to an Interrogatory filed by the Defendant asking Kalimullah whether what he wrote in the June 11, 2006 article in the Sunday Times about the meeting between the Prime Minister and Dr Mahathir in
was correct. Japan
[Please read the "incorrect" article, Sunday Column: And who, really, is demonising whom?]
READERS of this blog would remember that I have written quite a few times about the June 11 article. This article disturbed me as Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan's version of the events in Tokyo would make readers think of Dr Mahathir as ungrateful, vindictive and power-crazy. That is why I demanded time and again that Kalimullah corrected the "passages of untruth" - or lies, for short - in the article and apologised to Dr M and NST readers.
Till today, despite the repeated demands I made on this blog (which Kalimullah obviously read and probably still reads), neither the writer nor the newspaper has published an apology. I checked again with Dr Mahathir's aides and they do not agree that this issue has subsequently been clarified in the NST.
I hope with Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan's admission in the above-mentioned court documents, this long-standing issue can be clarified once and for all by/in the NST, and an apology profferred to Dr Mahathir and all readers of the newspaper.