When I posted Just Three Questions for WSJ yesterday, I knew who the author was but I did not know him personally. I could have done a Malaysiakini and identitied (or, rather, exposed) him but I did not.
Two reasons why I didn't:1. I did not get his OK for me to attribute the piece to him2. He wrote the piece on his FB, which he shared only with "Friends"
I was not even an FB "friend" of the author. Someone had sent me his piece knowing that it would interest me immensely. But knowing the author was the head of a bank, I doubted very much he would have consented to anyone attributing the article to him.
So I decided to do the next best thing: post the article but at the same time protect the identity of the author. That's how I came to attributing my posting yesterday to a legally-trained Malaysian currently heading a banking/finance institution [and therefore, unfortunately, must remain anonymous].
Malaysiakini, however, later exposed Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, CEO of CIMB Islamic, as the author of the article. I doubt if Badlisyah had consented to it, or was even informed by Malaysiakini that it was going to do so.
What Malaysiakini did was unethical. Malicious even.
I feel sorry for Badlisyah because he did not ask for any of this. Like many Malaysians, I think he wanted to know if there was any truth behind the WSJ's fantastic documents used to claim that billions had been deposited into bank accounts belonging to the Malaysian Prime Minister. And he shared what he discovered with his FB friends in the hope that it would help shed some light on the issue.
I can't help but feel responsible for his current predicament. If I had not published his article in the first place, perhaps his analysis - right or wrong - would have remained peacefully obscure until now, safe within the walls of his private Facebook timeline.
Nazir Razak said there would be an internal inquiry into the matter. I wish Badlisyah all the best.