Zaobao’s Chief Editor lashed out at Low Thia Kiang for his ‘baseless’ attacks on the media
Posted by temasektimes on May 28, 2012
In a press conference called after the result of the Hougang by-election was announced, Mr Low attacked the media for being used as a ‘tool’ to smear the Workers Party:
“It saddens me to see mainstream media used as a tool. Independent media is a cornerstone of 1st world Parliament… I don’t understand why people are harping on WP “problems, malfunctions”. All calculated to discredit WP.”
He also criticized a particular paper without mentioning names for publishing the news without verifying the identity of ‘Secret Squirrel.’
Lianhe Zaobao was the first SPH paper to expose a WP CEC meeting minutes leaked by a WP CEC member using the moniker of ‘Secret Squirrel’ which documented clearly that WP MP-elect for Hougang Png Eng Huat was in the ballot for the NCMP position contrary to his assertion that he was not interested in it.
In a lengthy editorial published in Lianhe Zaobao today, Mr Wu said that being a RESPECTED media professional, he needs to point out seriously that they do not accept Mr Low’s baseless accusation.
Mr Wu explained that after receiving the anonymous tip-off, Zaobao’s reporters tried ways and means to contact WP leaders to verify the story, but nobody has replied by press time after which it went ahead to publish the article as based on ‘experience’, they are pretty sure the CEC minutes were not forged.
The attacks on Png Eng Huat’s integrity appear to have little impact as he romped home with an impressive victory by garnering 62.09% of the votes.