Friday January 18, 2013
Radio Free Sarawak gets earful from Taib
By RUSSELL TING
KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday criticised Radio Free Sarawak (RFS), saying that it had “no pure motives” in their broadcasts.
“The fact that it airs unlawful broadcasts from a foreign country shows that it has no pure motives, doing the things that it does,” he added.
He said RFS had no respect for the truth, and a lot of people who have heard their broadcasts were angry with its lies.
“But there are a few who have been misled as well,” he told reporters when asked to comment on a call by PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing for RFS and another private radio station Radio Kenyalang (RK) to be stopped in their tracks.
Masing claimed that both “illegal entities” were poisoning the minds of the rural populace, especially the Ibans, and running down the government.
Asked on what he thought about Masing’s suggestion that the transmissions be jammed, Taib said he would leave it to the relevant authorities to decide.
According to the RFS’s website, the station broadcasts daily on shortwave frequency 15420 kHz between 6pm and 8pm local time or online through their web portal.
RFS, which claims to be an independent radio station, is renowned for promoting anti-government propaganda to Sarawakians while criticising state leaders in its daily broadcast.
Earlier, Taib received business tithes on behalf of Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak from Pelita Holdings Sdn Bhd (RM300,000) and Magna Focus Sdn Bhd (RM100,000).
He also received wakaf dividends from Medan Hamidah on behalf of Masjid Demak Baru (RM60,000) and Peryatim Kuching (RM60,000).