Kalimullah Denies Involvement With 'The Malaysian Insider'
KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 (Bernama) -- Journalist-turned-businessman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan on Wednesday stressed that he had never been involved with 'The Malaysian Insider', a news portal, in any way.
"I am also not a director of Efficient E Solutions which I quit on June 21, 2006. I did not get any government contract in my life and am not a shareholder in VPI International," he said in response to allegations by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), yesterday.
JMM alleged that the backers of the news portal had defamed the government although they had profited from government contracts.
JMM's allegation was based on an inference that Efficient E-Solutions held a 20 per cent stake in VPI International, which won an imaging and data capture scanning service contract from the Inland Revenue Board.
Kalimullah said: "If JMM has evidence of wrongdoings, it should, as a responsible NGO funded by well-meaning Malaysians of high standing, hand over the evidence to the authorities, without further delay."
He also hoped that BERNAMA, as the national news agency, "of which I was once chairman, would act responsibly in future and verify such allegations before publishing them."