The MCA has never interfered in the operations of The Star Publications (M) Bhd and its subsidiary - Star Rfm Sdn Bhd which owns the 988 Mandarin radio station. The party is fully aware of the status of The Star Publications Bhd as a public listed company and its responsibilities to the shareholders.
I met disc jockey Jamaluddin Ibrahim on May 3, 2010, at the MCA headquarters after the latter requested to see me. Such meetings with journalists, whether print or electronic, is part of my duty as the party president, It is not true that I have met him five times as he has claimed.
Jamaluddin, as a Muslim, should be more responsible and not made misleading and wrongful statements, particularly in this holy month of Ramadhan.
I am given to understand that the 988 radio station has received a warning letter from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). I am informed that Jamaluddin was asked to go on leave.
The MCA is not responsible for the decision on Jamaluddin. I reiterate that the MCA will not intervene in the case and that the matter will be fully handled by the management.
I wish to reiterate the new MCA leadership would not interfere in the operations and management of The Star and the 988 radio station. Star Publications, as a listed company, has an independent management and the professional team should be left to make their operations decisions.
I also believe that the media group should not be used or abused for any individual agenda.