mysinchew.com has carried a report citing an obscure website malaysiafreenews.com, which apparently accused Malaysiakini of breaching journalistic ethics. Malaysiakini had carried a critical report on timber tycoon Tiong Hiew King under the title “Campaign to strip timber tycoon’s knighthood”.
Tiong, the founder of logging group Rimbunan Hijau, had reportedly received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
The biligingual malaysiafreenews.com portal does not indicate who its owners are in its “About MFN” section.
Sin Chew, however, is part of Media Chinese International Limited, of which Tiong is the chairman. Media Chinese International was formed following the merger of Ming Pao Enterprise Corporation Limited, Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad and Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad. The group publishes five dailies.
It’s an upside-down world we live in: people who log forests receive titles.
The Penan lose their forests and are not even recognised. (10,000 Penan don’t have ICs. See Borneo Post report here.)