Dec 20, 2006

NSTP-Utusan Should Not Merge - Mukhriz Mahathir

Time for Mukhriz to comment on the Utusan-NST merger :

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth executive committee member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said Tuesday The New Straits Times Press (NST) group should not merge with Kumpulan Utusan Malaysia as the country requires different editorial views from the two media organisations.

Mukhriz, who is also director of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO), said: "It would be more balanced if the country gets different views from these two organisations.

"Both of them play important roles in moulding public opinions and we cannot have only one opinion to be swallowed in whole by the readership," he told reporters after receiving a RM70,000 contribution for the building of a new mosque in southern Thailand.

He received the contribution from Sogo Pernas Department Store Sdn Bhd managing director Andrew Lim Tatt Keong and another RM20,000 from Nuri Cergas Sdn Bhd managing director Khusairi Wahijan.

Mukhriz said that if Malaysians believed in the "check and balance" type of reporting, then Utusan Melayu and NSTP should not merge.

On the mosque project, he said PGPO still needed to raise RM430,000 to finance the project at Saiburi, southern Thailand.

The mosque will be named Masjid Aman (Peace).

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