Sin Chew editor denies property-for-media-support claims
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — The executive editor-in-chief of top-selling newspaper, Sin Chew Daily, filed a police report today to protect his reputation over claims he received property as a reward in return for his support of former minister, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, in a fractious MCA power-struggle over a decade ago.
Kuik Cheng Kang came under heavy fire on Facebook and blogs following widespread allegations that the houses were gifts from property tycoon Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng, as instructed by Ka Ting, for media support during a party election in 2001.
The newspaper man said he had two terrace homes in Puchong, Selangor but denied they were gifts.
Kuik said he bought one as far back as 1995 and asked, “How can it be that I got the house after the MCA fight?”
The senior editor of the country’s best-selling Chinese-language daily told reporters the allegations had first surfaced in a 2009 article during the MCA presidential tussle between Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, but added that they only made the rounds of the vernacular online community at the time.
He said he had initially ignored the allegations but decided to take action after they appeared in English recently.
An article titled “Sin Chew Publishing Group — The Whore Story” was published in Raja Petra Kamarudin’s controversial blog site, Malaysia Today.
Kuik said he lodged a complaint with the police because the article had defamed both him and the newspaper.
He said Lee, of IOI Group, has also denied the claims.
The IOI Group is Puchong’s biggest housing developer.
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Thursday February 23, 2012
Sin Chew chief lodges report over RPK’s blog posting
PETALING JAYA: Sin Chew Daily executive editor-in-chief Kuik Cheng Kang has lodged a police report against blogger-in-exile Raja Petra Kamaruddin over allegations that he received two houses for helping a politician during a party crisis.
Kuik lodged the report at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters at 11am, stating that the allegations posted on several social networking websites were false.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi confirmed receiving the report yesterday.
According to a posting on the blog Malaysia Today titled “Sin Chew Publishing Group – The Whore Story”, Raja Petra claimed that Kuik was given two houses, a bungalow and a semi-D house in Puchong by Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, courtesy of IOI Bhd’s Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng.
Raja Petra also alleged that the Sin Chew group had an agenda to topple former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.