Media veteran urges police probe into alleged defamation against Sarawak Premier, immediate removal of articles

Rajah (right) and Lyna outside the Kuching central police station last night after lodging a police report against a Malayan content creator on June 11, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 12: A veteran media practitioner, Rajah Murugaiah, has urged police to investigate a Malayan content creator for allegedly defaming the Sarawak Premier in two articles and demanded the immediate removal of the said articles from the news aggregator website and all public domains.

Rajah had filed a police report against the content creator at the Kuching central police station last night (June 11), accompanied by social worker Lyna Doll.


The articles in question are titled ‘Opinion: A challenge to you, Abang Jo, if you are as great as you think you are’ (published on June 10, 2024) and ‘When will Abang Jo’s luck run out?’ (May 24, 2024).

Rajah, a columnist for the New Sarawak Tribune, further insisted on a public clarification to counteract the misinformation spread by the articles, emphasising that these articles not only tarnish the reputation of Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg but also pose a significant threat to public order and the stability of governance in Sarawak.

“These articles unjustly smear the reputation and image of Sarawak’s leader, containing malicious and unfounded allegations intended to undermine his leadership and achievements.

“The author made numerous unsubstantiated claims regarding the Premier’s abilities, attributing his successes solely to luck and denying his skills and efforts. Such commentaries are designed to degrade and humiliate the Premier publicly,” he said in a statement today.

“These harmful misinformation is propagating false views about the Premier and the political stability in Sarawak with the intention of creating distrust and unrest among the public, potentially stirring division in the existing good ties between Putrajaya and the Sarawak government.

“It could incite public discontent by undermining the trust and confidence that the people of Sarawak have in their leaders,” he added.

Given the gravity of the situation and the potential harm these defamatory articles could cause, Rajah urged the police to conduct a thorough investigation into the writer and the defamatory claims.

He called for legal action against the writer for defamation and spreading false information.

“I trust that the police will act swiftly and decisively to address this matter and uphold the integrity and dignity of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and the region of Sarawak,” he concluded. — DayakDaily