Friday, September 30

Radio stations very naughty, says Chief Minister

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud describes Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) as a ‘naughty one’ who has no respect for the truth.

Taib, who is also state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said a lot of people have heard RFS’ broadcast and were angry because they knew the radio station was spreading lies.

He, however, believed that only very few (people) were misled by the lies.

“The fact that they illegally broadcast from a foreign country shows that the broadcasters have no pure motive in what they are doing,” he said after receiving tithe on behalf of Tabung Baitulmal from Pelita Holdings Sdn Bhd and Magna Focus Sdn Bhd at Menara Pelita here yesterday.

On Radio Kenyalang, Taib believed that its establishment was prompted by the impending general election.

On possible jamming of the radio broadcast, the chief minister said the matter was best left to the relevant authority to decide.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing was reported to have said on Wednesday that he wanted Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Kenyalang to be stopped on their tracks as the ‘illegal entities’ are poisoning the minds of the rural populace, especially the Ibans, and running down the BN government.

Masing, who is also Land Development Minister, urged the authorities concerned to act against those distributing free radio sets in the rural areas as they were agents of the two radio stations.

He added that if their operations could not be halted, the relevant authorities should at least jam their transmissions so that they would become inaudible to listeners.

Masing added that Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Kenyalang must be stopped to prevent others from following suit.

“The relevant authorities must find out who the sponsors or owners of these radio stations are. We cannot allow them to continue broadcasting lies upon lies because at the end of the day, many people would think that what they say is true.

“This is bad because both radio stations are running down the BN government,” he said.