26 September 2017
Azmin gives Utusan 48 hours to apologise
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has given Utusan Malaysia 48 hours to apologise over its front page article yesterday titled “Azmin benar pesta arak” (Azmin allows beer festival).
The front page bore the kicker “Tidak hirau amaran PDRM megenai ancaman pengganas” (Ignores police warning on terrorist threat), while the page for the accompanying article bore the title “Azmin tidak kisah pesta arak di Selangor” (Azmin unperturbed by beer festival in Selangor).
His lawyer Latheefa Koya said the allegations contained in the article were false, malicious and defamatory, with the purpose of causing disrepute to her client.
In view of this, Azmin is seeking a withdrawal of the article, a front-page apology and an undertaking to not make similar allegations in the future.
“In view of the extreme seriousness of the allegations and the wide distribution of the newspaper, kindly state what sum you are prepared to pay as damages to our client for the injury done to our client’s good name and reputation and in vindication of the public’s right to fair media reporting,” said the lawyer.
25 September 2017
Utusan: Azmin bowing to DAP by opening doors to beer fest
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia has slammed Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali today for not rejecting any beer festival to be held in the state, claiming he appeared to be kowtowing to ally DAP.
Writing under the collective pseudonym of Awang Selamat, its editors said Azmin has gone overboard by supporting something that allegedly has been opposed Muslims.
“The reason given by him is quite shallow because the festival has been opposed by Muslims as it does not respect Islam as the official religion. Even though Azmin wants to give and take, do not go overboard.
“Azmin should not throw words around as he’s decision would appear that he is bowing to the demands of DAP leaders that have opposed the festival’s banning,” Awang wrote.
The editors also said Azmin should follow the police’s orders and not allow the festival to be held at all.
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has instructed his lawyers to issue a letter of demand to Malay daily Utusan Malaysia for claiming that he had approved a “beer festival” in the state.
In a statement today, the Selangor Menteri Besar’s Office said the front page report was false and designed to mislead the public.
“We challenge Utusan Malaysia to produce proof that he had said any such thing.
“The menteri besar demands an unconditional retraction, public apology and damages from Utusan Malaysia,” the statement reads.
Utusan Malaysia‘s front page headline today reads: “Azmin benar pesta arak” (Azmin allows beer festival). The accompanying sub-heading is “Tidak hirau amaran PDRM mengenai ancaman pengganas” (Ignores police warning on terrorist threat).
The first paragraph of the report states that the “PKR Selangor government” will not stop the “Better Beer Festival 2017” in the state.
The report paraphrases Azmin as purportedly stating that this move was part of the state government’s stand on respecting the rights of other ethnic groups and religions.
An accompanying report cites PAS and NGO leaders condemning Azmin.
Meanwhile, the Selangor Menteri Besar’s Office clarified that Azmin had told the press yesterday that any event that required local authority approval must meet all its conditions.
“He will not pre-empt the local authority in this regard. As menteri besar, it is his solemn duty to uphold and follow the laws, by-laws and procedures of the state.
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AZMIN BENAR PESTA ARAK Muka Hadapan, Utusan Malaysia 25/9/2017
Azmin weighs into talks of beer festival moving to Selangor
Shakira Buang Published
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state respects the rights of other races and religions to participate in beer festivals but such events must comply with local council regulations.
“The state government’s position is that as a responsible government, not only do we need to respect the rights of other races and religions but we must also guarantee and protect their rights – that is the state’s policy.
“But with any events, the organisers must comply with the regulations set out by the state government or local council,” he told journalists during the launch of the Selangor Biobay in Pulau Indah today.
Azmin was asked to respond to the possibility of the Better Beer Festival 2017 moving to Selangor after it was denied approval by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
A group of NGOs had pre-empted the possible move by submitting a memorandum to the Selangor palace on Friday, urging the state’s monarch to intervene if the Better Beer Festival 2017 were to be organised in the state.
Asked whether any application to hold the event was made at the state level, Azmin said he was unsure of this.
“I’m not sure if (the organiser applied with) the local authorities (but) it didn’t reach the state level,” he said.
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