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COMMENT | Media's role to keep new regime in check
COMMENT | For the past 10 days, the eyes and ears of the majority of citizens were on the election, its aftermath, and the lead-up to the prime minister’s appointment.

However, because of the intensity of these events, many would have not noticed or may have ignored when some of the darkest days in our history were being related at the High Court where Najib Abdul Razak is on trial for four counts of abuse of power and 21 counts of money laundering involving RM2.28 billion from 1MDB.

At the outset, let me declare my interest. Tong Kooi Ong, the current chairperson of The Edge was also the executive vice chairperson of Sun Media Corporation Bhd from 2004 until 2007. I worked for The Sun from 1999 until my retirement in 2016.

Although he was not involved in day-to-day affairs, he would occasionally meet editors on editorial matters and at functions where no one talked shop.

From the witness box, Tong gave specific instances of how The Edge was threatened by those involved and associated with the world’s biggest theft of public money.

His testimony, often candid, also encompassed how...

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