Berjaya lawyer lodges police report against publications in Forest City issue

Berjaya lawyer lodges police report against publications in Forest City issue

KUALA LUMPUR: In a follow-up to its media statement on April 26, Berjaya Corporation Bhd said its lawyer has lodged a police report against Bloomberg LP and The Edge Singapore about their alleged publication of false news regarding the Forest City project in Johor.

“We lodged the reports on April 26 itself, so the police can commence investigations on the matter, specifically to ascertain the purported ‘unnamed source’ who disseminated completely untrue and false statements.”

In its statement issued late last night, Berjaya Corporation said it represented Berjaya Group founder and adviser Tan Sri Vincent Tan.

It referred to the articles published on April 25 — “Malaysia In Talks With Tycoons On Casino To Revive $100 Billion Forest City” published by Bloomberg LP, and “Malaysia Mulls Casino At Forest City” in The Edge Singapore.

The company reiterated that Tan had not participated in any discussions with any parties, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Genting Group chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay or any representatives of His Majesty the King of Malaysia Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar or His Majesty himself.

The statement refuted all inaccurate claims presented in the articles.

“We strongly believe that the publications and/or republications of the articles, which contained completely false and untrue statements, were made with malicious intent.

“They are aimed at causing political upheaval, undermining the public trust and distorting the public’s perception of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim and Anwar,“ the statement said.

It said such “malicious publications” are further aggravated by the fact that neither news agency had made any attempt to verify or confirm the veracity and accuracy of the statements in the articles before publishing them, especially when they were attributed to an “unnamed source”.

Expressing confidence that the police will do the necessary to investigate this matter, it encouraged any publication to be more tactful before making allegations without prior verification.

In its earlier statement on April 26, Tan denied that he discussed with Anwar about opening a casino to revive the US$100 billion (RM476 billion) Forest City project in Johor.

Referring to the two articles, Berjaya Corporation said: “They have misrepresented our supposed involvement in discussions with Anwar regarding the Forest City project and wish to make it clear that Tan has not participated in any such discussions”.

It called on the two publications to take appropriate action to clarify and remove the misleading content from the articles across all platforms, and cease further dissemination of the inaccurate information.

Berjaya Corporation is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and is a diversified consumer group with four core business segments – retail (food & non-food), hospitality, property and services.

Its business interests under the segments include among others, consumer marketing, financial services, hotels and resorts, recreation, gaming, environmental services, motor trading and distribution, telecommunications, IT and investment holding.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *