The Edge Media group owner Tong Kooi Ong today denied being involved in any political conspiracy following publication of a front page report in The New Straits Times entitled 'Rewcastle-Brown: I will celebrate when Najib is Done'
Tong noted that his and publisher cum chief executive officer Ho Kay Tat's names were 'implicated in this elaborate conspiracy to topple a democratically-elected prime minister.'
“We wish to reiterate that The Edge Media Group and ourselves were and are not involved in any political conspiracy, nor did we have any political agenda when we published articles on the problems at 1MDB.
“We have been publishing numerous articles on 1MDB since 2013 when it became apparent it was facing financial difficulties.
“As a business media, our interest in 1MDB was purely to uncover what happened at 1MDB and the various financial and business dealings it undertook since its inception in 2009,” Tong ( photo ) said in a statement also signed by Ho.
The two said anyone who had read the The Edge Financial Daily and The Egde Financial weekly exposes would know they have never linked Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak or the government in general to the problems at 1MDB.
“We had never given 1MDB a political spin in any of our articles.”
“We pursued only corporate governance issues and held the management, the board of directors and the various third parties which have had dealings with 1MDB accountable for what had happened, which should be the case with any corporate entity,” they said.
They refuted suggestions made by the NST or any other media, that they were part of a political conspiracy and had tampered evidence related to 1MDB.
“We will take legal action against those who continue to make these unfounded allegations against us and The Edge Media Group,” they added.
The NST , an Umno-linked daily, today reported the private correspondence between Rewcastle-Brown ( photo ), several opposition members and the man who allegedly leaked documents on 1MDB, Xavier Justo, as evidence of a conspiracy to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Rewcastle-Brown admitted that while she did connect Swiss national Xavier Justo to The Edge, she did not collect any payment for it.
“When he offered me money to help him in his quest to find a buyer for his information I refused to accept it or indeed any payment whatsoever,” said Rewcastle-Brown.