In November, 2013, online news portal The Malaysian Digest denied a blogger’s posting that it receives a monthly funding from the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD). Maybe they were not lying then.
Today 23 April 2019, the 16th witness in Najib’s SRC International trial, Onn Hafiz Ghazi, who owns shares in the online news portal operator Vital Spire Sdn Bhd, confirms receiving an RM240,000 cheque from Najib on Jan 30, 2015, to run online news portal Malaysian Digest.
23 April 2019
Najib gave RM240k to news portal M’sian Digest
4.18pm – 16th witness Onn Hafiz Ghazi, who owns shares in online news portal operator Vital Spire Sdn Bhd, confirms receiving an RM240,000 cheque from Najib on Jan 30, 2015, to run online news portal Malaysian Digest.
During examination-in-chief by Saifuddin, Hafiz says that the now-defunct portal covered international and local news regarding politics, entertainment, and sports, among others.
Saifuddin: On whose orders did you set up the portal?
Hafiz: On the orders of Najib. I met him alone at the Prime Minister’s Office at that time. I received the cheque from him. He signed the cheque in front of me.
Malaysiakini previously reported in 2013 that Malaysian Digest had denied receiving monthly allocations from the Prime Minister’s Department.
21 November 2019
Malaysian Digest denies getting gov’t funds
Online news portal The Malaysian Digest today denied a blogger’s posting that it receives a monthly funding from the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD).
The denial was made by its editor Onny Izwan Nordin in an email response today.
“We vehemently deny the utterly preposterous allegation made in the blog and will offer no further comment,” Onny said in his brief response.
Asked whether it would institute legal action against the blogger, he curtly replied, “not at this time”.
The blog Peoples Parliament in a posting three days ago questioned the 2014 Budget allocation under the ‘Facilitation’ fund that includes an allocation of RM4 billion.
It cited a source as saying that the 2014 Budget for the PMD funds various news portals to disseminate pro-BN propaganda subliminally and cited The Malaysian Digest as one of those receiving aid of RM200,000 a month.
The blog further claimed that the person-in charge of running The Malaysian Digest is Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein’s nephew, Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
The Malaysian Digest describes itself as a voice of reason in supporting various issues, truths and viewpoints and that its duty is to Malaysia and its people.