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T’ganu MB demands apology from Malay-language daily

KUALA TERENGGANU, 9 Sept 2009: Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said has given a local daily one week to apologise to him concerning a report that he claimed to be slanderous.

He said if the newspaper failed to do so, he would take legal action for publishing the report on 4 Sept.

“It (the report) clearly slandered me,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state exco meeting here today.

Expressing his regret over the article titled Muhyiddin mahu selesai kemelut BN Terengganu, Ahmad said the report failed to publish the actual matter on the function attended by more than 5,000 people from Hulu Terengganu, and instead looked at it purely from the political aspect.

Ahmad, reading from a five-page statement, said he had all this while refrained from making political comments, so as to avoid negative perception on his relationship with the administration and the political situation.

On a report carried by the news portal The Malaysian Insider that he had declined an offer to become a federal minister to enable him to setp down from his post as Terengganu menteri besar, Ahmad denied that he had ever received such an offer.

He said the news was slanderous and was a mere speculation by irresponsible groups.

Asked whether he would take legal action against the news portal, Ahmad said he would look at the article first before taking any action. — Bernama

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