3 Aug 2011

CNBC Dumps FBC Media ! Exclusive

CNBC Dumps FBC Media ! Exclusive

CNBC's flagship World Business show, made by FBC Media, has been axed!

The global news broadcaster CNBC has axed its flagship business show World Business, following an  exclusive expose earlier this week by Sarawak Report.[see previous story]

 We revealed how BN politicians, including the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Abdullah Badawi and Taib Mahmud have been paying the production company, the UK-based FBC Media, millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money to buy them positive publicity on the show.

Allowing slots to be purchased in this way, deceiving millions of viewers who thought they were watching impartial programming, is a serious breach of broadcasting laws, for which broadcasters such as CNBC’s parent company, the American broadcasting giant NBC, would be held ultimately responsible.

Last night the company’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Charlotte Westgate, made this statement to Sarawak Report confirming the decision to withdraw the show:

“In light of serious questions raised last week, CNBC immediately initiated an examination of FBC and its business practices and has withdrawn the programme ‘World Business’ indefinitely.” 

 

This illegal video promoting Taib on CNBC's World Business programme cost RM 800,000 !

 

Further questions to answer

The BBC, who also carry programmes by FBC Media have yet to respond to our enquiries, however it is believed they too have launched an immediate enquiry into the activities of FBC Media.  CNN has also carried a number of suspect shows made by FBC, including a number of interviews with Najib by the company’s President John Defterios.

Meanwhile, there remain many questions that the broadcasters still need to answer.  According to broadcasting laws it is the broadcast company that is held ultimately responsible by the licencing authorities for the content of their programmes, so how could they have allowed the corruption of one of their top shows by Malaysia’s BN politicians to carry on for so long?

Our key questions are these:

Did CNBC not notice how Malaysia was being constantly featured, showing nothing but praise for the BN government, despite widespread concerns about the country’s corruption?

Did CNBC not examine FBC Media’s business model, available on their website, which plainly shows how the production company doubled up as a PR company flogging slots on their shows to top dollar clients?

And, our most important question of all, can CNBC please make public the arrangement under which they commissioned the World Business programme from FBC Media ?  Evidence from FBC’s previous Annual Reports indicates that CNBC was getting the show for free and leaving it to FBC to raise their income and profits from “sponsorship”! 

 

FBC's Annual Report from 2005 explains the remodelling of World Business as a free programme for CNBC, financed by sponsorship!

If this evidence from FBC Media’s Annual Report, registered at the time World Business was commissioned by CNBC, is true it would make the broadcaster itself deeply complicit in the corruption of the show.

Malaysia’s corruption has infected the world’s media 

 

Najib featured on the programme numerous times, as did his wife Rosmah, promoting herself as 'First Lady'

Sarawak Report will shortly be releasing further material from its extensive investigations into the corruption of the international media by Malaysia’s BN politicians. 

Meanwhile, we leave Malaysian taxpayers with this final question.  Why was their public money being used to fund this illegal activity of buying puff-pieces on global TV news programmes ?

Najib, Taib and all the BN politicians who were purchasing slots on shows were doing so to shore up their own political positions and counter critics.  Public money should not be spent on dirty party politics at the very least this money should have been coming out of BN’s own pockets!

We are talking about a recorded RM57.68 million paid out by the Prime Minister’s office to FBC Media in 2008-2009 and a further RM42 million recorded for further global strategic media campaigns last year.  On top of this Taib Mahmud had contracted FBC Media for a further RM15 million a year. 

To cap it all it turns out that the money has been wasted on a flop.  All this corrupt activity has been easily exposed and can now only backfire on BN and Malaysia providing terrible PR and exposing the country to the world for the corrupt practices that its ruling party are willing to indulge in.

Malaysia’s million dollar Global Strategic Communications Campaign has been a disaster, but the taxpayer will be lucky to ever see one ringgit back from FBC Media of all the money spent by BN on their behalf. 

Chairman of FBC Media made a fortune out the Malaysian taxpayer from interviewing and promoting Najib Razak. What good has it done?

  • Wetsemenet

    'Malaysia’s corruption has infected the world’s media.' – CB

    when this is the case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch.

    Scapegoating, aren't we?

    Just like in your previous report, 'Samling at "Epicenter" of Sub-prime Crash!' (http://www.sarawakreport.org/2010/09/samling-at-epicentre-of-sub-prime-crash/) – note the sensational exclamation mark,

    when this is the case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractional-reserve_b

    Sarawak Report should dump Sarawak Report. Simple.

    • najibrazak

      If Taib paid you more than RM1 for this comment he was cheated!

      • Wetsemenet

        Nope. I can safely say that I'm not paid a single sen/cent/schilling/dime/penny. Just looking out for dimwits who won't be able to look deeper into things.

        • Taib

          You shut up. Don't deepen misunderstanding of the world.

    • Chester

      in the college where I studied, wikipedia is not accepted as source of reference for academic work be it assignments to lecturer or published dissertations. Perhaps different universities have different standards. The reason being any Tom, Dick and Harry can log-in to wikipedia and edit the information there. Wikipedia may be a good starting point to find more reliable sources but in itself it is not credible.

      Do you have any other sources to call Sarawak Report to dump Sarawak Report?

      • Wetsemenet

        I'm glad you went to college. Here are two more reliable sources:

        For media:

        Wall Street Journal attacks News Corp. critics.' (http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-wall-street-journal-news-corp.html)

        For fractional reserve:

        'Seigniorage.' (http://moneyterms.co.uk/seigniorage/)

        I'm sure your college-level education can decipher these data. Just don't ask to be spoonfed all the time. That marks the difference between a graduate and an analytical mind (college graduate or otherwise).

        Key word: Lobbies.

      • http://n/a Watch Dog

        Chester..which college are you studying? Is it Malaysian College/ If so,I am sorry to say that the lecturers are so naive and ask them to go back to university.

        I want you to make your thesis or dissertation on the following"

        CORRUPTION…The Art Of Corruption in Sarawak and I give you tip

        1. JPJ..Jabatan Pengakukutan Jalan..Here in Kuching those JPJ staff from 11th mile will patrol to the site..earth extraction and will stop the lorry and they will key in to their computer the registration of the lorry and if the registration number does NOT appear,they will say all sort of excuses and summon RM300.00 but if the number appears..they will let it go,WHY?

        Because the said lorry pays RM250.00 per month and cash is collected. So imagine how many lorries are there in and around Kuching.They targetted earth filling contractor,quarries and sands.If the lorries pass two boundaries they will have to pay another JPJ like Serian.

        Imagine JPJ staff total income is say 1,000 lorries

        RM250.00 X 1,000 lorries= RM250,000.00 per month and divide among the staff. This is TRUE and real.This is just JPJ and how about others…you know who???

        Please bro,make your thesis on the art of corruption in the civil service.Plenty of materials and you can get your doctorate..need any assistance and guidance..all will help you

        Another one "PIK".Payment In Kind???

        May GOD bless you brother.

        • Taib Mahmud

          I sponsor you school fees! Come to my office if you get the entry ticket.

        • jingo

          Watch Dog, i believe your story..

          its the same thing happening here in Peninsula Malaysia too. Everyone here JPJ…Jabatan Penyambun Jalan..(Road Robbers Department)..

          Pray to be safe on the road in malaysia..

      • peaker

        You must have been a graduate in the year when Wikipedia was an infant but now time has changed and its has matured with credible quality of manuscripts. Would you be able to point out any inaccuracy in their workmanship. Malaysia back in 1957 was very much undeveloped and government was clean so do not use it as a yard stick to measure its quality.

        Truth hurts RIGHT?

    • aborium

      So you're the nit-picker who tries hard to (i) relate two unconnected events and does a lousy job at making sense of the connections (ii)side-step the real issues at hand by plugging holes – any hole would do – to steer away readers' attention by creating doubts in readers' mind, yet offering no plausible counter explanation and (iii) make snipe remarks in the hope that generalities would run over the specifics of the case.

      You're a hoodlum nit-picking anything for a fight. Wrong number.

      • Wetsemenet

        Sounds like you're talking about Sarawak Report in a nutshell. You took the words from right out of my mouth.

        • aborium

          Sounds like you're stuck inside a nutshell, you nutty nit-picker!

      • Wetsemenet

        In other words, I'm making connections where the connection has been deliberately left off. Think about it. In fact, you seem smart enough to make you own connections, but I think you're still a little fuzzy about all these new things you're learning. Take your time.

      • Wetsemenet

        In other words, I'm making connections where the connection has been deliberately left off. Think about it. In fact, you seem smart enough to make your own connections, but I think you're still a little fuzzy about all these new things you're learning. Take your time.

      • Ramsey

        The word you wanted is SNIDE not snipe. Or did your school teach you otherwise?

        • Wetsemenet

          :)

  • Magellan

    What a scam! Unimaginable how a corrupt government like BN can spend the millions of taxpayer money on such media reporting, all in the name of wanting to stay in power. Basically, they have been using our taxpayer's money for their political gains, a whole lot of propaganda to just stay relevant. I think SUARAM should perhaps engage a lawyer and sue CNBC, BBC or any other broadcasters for helping to spread such propaganda. Is it not ethical to have received money from Malaysian warlords to speak good things about them? Reporters should report the truth and not be bought into creating stories. Will the EC do something about this election propaganda? Or do they feel that nothing is wrong here? "Another propaganda project by the government of Barisan Nasional."

  • Wetsemenet

    How about this bunk?

    'Malaysian Money – £3 BILLION YACHT!'

    (http://www.sarawakreport.org/2011/07/malaysian-money-3-billion-yacht/#comment-42284) – again, note the exclamation mark,

    when this is the case: http://www.mby.com/news/529278/3-billion-golden-s….

    It's a whole dumpster full of trash in here that's taken as truths.

    'Pope calling the Catholic black.' – Borat.

    • Him

      "Hey look! They made mistakes! We shouldn't listen to them!"

      Give me a break. If you don't agree with the point, counter it. Don't attack the messenger, makes you look petty.

      • Wetsemenet

        I can say the same thing about you lot.

        In any case, a messenger's job is purely to relay news and messages.

        'Meanwhile, there remain many questions that the broadcasters still need to answer. According to broadcasting laws it is the broadcast company that is held ultimately responsible by the licencing authorities for the content of their programmes, so how could they have allowed the corruption of one of their top shows by Malaysia’s BN politicians to carry on for so long?' – CB

        Does the above line sound like something within a messenger's purview?

        Let me put it in another way:

        Say a postman delivers a letter to you one morning. As he hands it to you, he starts suggesting ways in which you should fix the problems listed in the letter's contents. Not only that, he starts making value judgments on the persons and events written in it, before you even made any rational conclusions about any of the contents.

        Would you not feel even a little bit suspicious?

        Petty? I think not.

        • aborium

          I think your pettiness has overwhelmed you to extent that you can't think straight and makes a mockery out of an analogy.

        • Wetsemenet

          If you can't discern something as simple as this, too bad for you.

      • master

        Could be that the luxury yacht story could have been intentionally planted in UK newspapers with the help of FBC media as a red herring to distract attention from the "RM 24 million diamond ring for Rosmah" story that was hogging the media spotlight. Later when the story was exposed as false, the credibility of the diamond ring story could also be questioned.

    • royduncan

      Funny how someone parading on in depth and correct news and fact can be stripped naked to show his/her fallacy and stupidity at times. Have you even investigated the whereabouts of the boat, or even Googled the pimp master of it, Stuart Hughes? Here, have a look see, there is a RM14 billion boat around.
      http://stuarthughes.com/newdawn/product_info.php?…

      stop trolling and get a life.

      • Wetsemenet

        Just click on the link and read the article, it's easy. Fine, if you're too slothful even for that, let me give you the juicy bits:

        Mario Borselli, sales manager at Baia said:

        '"We will write him a letter asking him to take them down, but we are not thinking to go legal. It's such a stupid story it's not worth it."

        The story about the golden-hulled, diamond-encrusted Baia 100 broke five days ago, and since then has been reported all over the world.

        The buyer was said to be an "anonymous Malaysian businessman", but as MBY pointed out in our previous story, this was one of the tale's biggest holes.

        "I can't believe people would believe someone would be so stupid to commission this boat," Mario from Baia Yachts added.

        Despite more calls to Stuart Hughes, the company that claimed responsibility for customising the motor yacht, they remained unavailable for comment this morning.'

    • Blunt Speaker

      This wetsemenet is a wet blanket. He is either a crony or relative of those corrupt BN goons from the tone he is defending his political masters. He will vehemently deny he is receiving a single cent for his bitter remarks but undoubtedly he is reaping in those dirty millions like a leech helping itself to free easy blood. Repent, oh greedy and arrogant people, time is running out!

      • Wetsemenet

        If it helps you sleep at night.

        • WTF

          Well you seem to be sleeping well with your corrupted thoughts and nonsensically clear conscience with the facts jumping like the proverbial sheep over the fence.

      • http://n/a Watch Dog

        Blunt Speaker..You are right,ignore this TM's clown.Their pea brain barking here and there.

        Maybe he is having a free overseas holiday too.IGNORE this clown..yes he cannot think straight..where are you going to bark again TM's crony??

  • miri

    Indeed we didn't have to wait long to see results ! SR is now pointing fingers at CNBC, CNN and the BBC complicit in the corruption of the shows. Much more will be revealed.

    Three cheers to SR.

  • Alvin

    Well done Sarawak Report! Keep up the good work.

  • najibrazak

    We can and will ignore Parliament, as usual on this scam. But if a criminal report is lodged it will me more difficult and expensive to bury it.

  • Wetsemenet

    Just out of curiosity, would Sarawak Report publish the whole set of questions and allegations that they sent to CNBC? It'd only be fair in the name of free flow of information and journalistic integrity.

    • aborium

      I suggest that SR ignores the request from Wetsemenet in the name of sanity. Keep nit-pickers at bay and let him work hard at picking the small pieces for the sake of a journalistic clean-up.

      • Wetsemenet

        Nitpicking if you will, is better than hypocrisy. Tell me what holes YOU'RE trying to plug?

        • aborium

          You're the hole digger, and we think you're so good at it that you don't need any professional help. Go dig up your own hole but should you happen to bury yourself, call the emergency line.

        • Wetsemenet

          I really don't understand why you are so worked up. Furthermore when it seems like I'm a minority voice on this whole site.

          Okay, fine…I'll give you the simple connection I previously refused to give you. The connection is, that they are written by the same people.

          The boat story, the sub-prime story, and now this media story blaming the Malaysian government for all the ills of the international media is a little bit rich considering her questions are actually referring to standard practices in the industry as a whole. The last line of this article confirms that: 'Wall Street Journal attacks News Corp. critics' (http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-wall-street-journal-news-corp.html).
          She pretends to get her bloomers in a knot precisely now just to make noise and divert the media crisis to HER cause.

          This is precisely the reason I asked that Sarawak Report to provide the whole question series. Preferably verified by CNBC as whole and true.

          My requests are actually in line with keeping up journalistic integrity. It's unfortunate that I should be attacked for that.

          Thanks, fools.

      • http://n/a Watch Dog

        aborium..you are right.Please ignore this clown..ha ha ha heh heh heh heh ah ha ha ha

        • Jack

          Wetsemenet a BN cybertrooper? Just like man sepat and sam singh on FMT? It really looks like it. Too much of 'defending the indefensible'.

    • toucan

      Journalistic integrity is surely the high point for SR, but I suppose they may be holding back just to avoid implicating side show insignificant cronies such as yourself and go for the big fish. Is that why you are being so defensive here ?

  • Socrates

    Obviously wetsemenet works for the BN govt and is doing his level best (which is rather pathetic) to belittle Sarawak Report's efforts in finding out corruption in the BN Govt., illegally using taxpayers' money without accountability, and unprofessionalism in FBC, CNBC, BBC news networks, and bringing it to the attention of the world.

    We should not dignify any of his nefarious remarks by paying any attention to him at all. He should only deserve total scorn and ostracism for his dastardly efforts to assist this dicktatorial regime, known as the BN govt.

    • Wetsemenet

      So, let's say you run the country one day. Will you apply this rule everytime someone says something that doesn't sit well with you? You will never know the beginning of nefariousness if you keep on looking at it only from the end bit.

      • Wild Hog Hunter

        WetCement, My question to you is, why are so mad with SR, when you know so well that its only accessible to less than 10 % of Sarawak voters, surely not going to change the government overnight?

        Since your favorite reference is Wikipedia, how does it define KLEPTOCRAT? Isn't that its shares a 110 % resemblance with that of 'your godly' thief minister? If so, how on earth do you expect the masses to accept such a poor soul as our leader?

  • Time Lender

    Prov 28:6 ​​​​​​​​Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity ​​​​​​​than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. ​​​

  • Realistic

    Why are you defending the BN govt so much,Wetsemenet?

    I guess you must be blind to all the corruptions that this govt has committed….or are you one of them who benefited from their politics of patronising? From the sound of it, I guess you are…

    • Wetsemenet

      I'm against the propagation of further lies to propagate interests that are in fact a part of a vicious cycle. If you really care about the country, work hard to improve it from within, starting from the self. This is no joke. Relying on cartoon characters like those behind Sarawak Report and all it stands for means repeating an insidiously vicious cycle.

    • http://n/a Watch Dog

      Realistic..I agree with you and If Westsement cares about Sarawak..then tell your corrupted master NOT to MONOPOLISED Sarawak..

      TM has marginalised Melanau Christian..as there is none i n ADUN..all are Melanau Muslim including the Chinese convert. TM's politic are:

      1.Politics abuse of power

      2.One man decision.

      3.One family business..land grab passed to sister and son,etc

      4.One crony..all to his crony..relatives,gangsterism..

      5.MOST of ALL..One race..MELANAU.!!

      WE DO NOT LIKE YOU..MONOPOLY!!!

  • Tin Koo Song

    Whatever, SR keep up the good work and expose more. Strip BN (Bullshit & Nonsense) naked…. Those in BN keep acting and talking using their DICKHEAD not using their upper head where their brain is located…..

  • apaijugah

    Thank you once again Sarawak Report for doing such an excellent detective job. We Sarawakians await more exposes from you. You can celebrate with us when the BN government is toppled.

  • miri

    Gentlemen, please ignore this joker. How can anybody take this joker seriously who called himself wet semen ?

    • http://n/a Watch Dog

      miri..Because TM's crony has the Cement Monopoly in Sarawak..wet cement..QC..CMS..to sum up," Another TM pea

      brain moron".

    • Wetsemenet

      It's pidgin for 'Wait a minute.' Only dirty minds like yours work like that.

      • miri

        I am not preparing to trade insults with you, whatever you like to call yourself. You sound like one of those Americans full of righteousness and arrogance lecturing what we should do and not do. To you its a game, but to us its a matter of survival. Had it not been for Sarawak Report we were still in the dark. Bits by bits,we now all know what our corrupted leaders up to. It is time that we wipe the slate CLEAN and build a consensus society, free of curruption, responsible to our envirinment, taking care of the sick, poor and old, and above all be proud to be called a Malaysian.

        • Wetsemenet

          'You sound like one of those Americans [British?] full of righteousness and arrogance lecturing what we should do and not do. To you its a game, but to us its a matter of survival.' – Hey, just read the articles…you just hit the nail on its head. Thanks.

          'Had it not been for Sarawak Report we were still in the dark.' – Out of the pan, into the fire. You're still in the dark, my friend.

  • aborium

    All said and done, SR has done what others have failed to do: to bring out the skeletons in the Cabinet, piece by piece, and you need not be in forensics to know the 'skull and bones' are of local origin, unearthed in Sarawak, and exported to the rest of the world as sawn timber and wood chips.

    Without SR exposes, we would still be far off from knowing the forest from the trees cause bribery and corruption are embedded deep in the heart of darkness. It can't allow the light of day to expose its true self, 'cause if it does it gets primary burns!

    Still, the burns from Hell are much worse than one can ever imagine!

    • Wetsemenet

      The hardcore fans of this blog is sure of a type. Certainly some of you are educated, most of you are not. But almost all are narrow-minded enough to attack dissenters. I'm not a public figure unlike CB and Jaban. Just like the politicians they like to denounce, they are answerable to the public.

      What I want to know is, why are you people vehemently defending these people against my comments? The only way I can become a threat if you read my comments and saw reason in them. Well, at least I know better.

      Go on, remain miserable. You have the perfect formula here.

      • westerner

        You absolutely sound like an arrogant SOB … one of those chest-thumping American Tea Party idiots! But your sentiments are respected, notwithstanding all the rightist philosophies you have been spewing.

        And, Malaysia is all but a lost cause. Nefarious corruption has been meshed with everyday life to the point of no return. Live with it!

      • http://n/a RAJA MANGGENG

        Wetsemenet..so you are always wet…ha aha I don't side anyone..SR,PJJ or CB..I am for a good and clean government. I also do NOT like the master's office boy like you barking here and there. I am only educated up to Sarawak junior certificate but I do no what is good and bad..I read and read as your corrupted master never cares about educating poor people like us from rural areas.

        You are being fed and sent overseas on tax payers money but sad to say that when your master says it is black when in actual fact it is red, you too says.."it's black"..another apple polishers and ball carrier.You are part and parcel of being a thief with your master and government of the day as you want to call it.I do NOT trust government servants..bloody corrupt..customs,JPJ..etc,etc,etc..

        • westerner

          Good and clean gov't? Don't kid yourself! You do sound like someone with a very simplistic mind, you are colour-coded and will sit back and wait the chips to fall where they may. Needless to say, there are many like you.

          I have no connection to your country in any way, shape or form, but I do digest plenty of material in all the media and will stand by what I said … that your gov't is corrupt, racist and dictatorial.

      • theBorneon

        Dear friend,

        This is a "free country" so to speak. You have your rights and we have ours. Yes maybe you have a point or three here but the real issue is corruption. Can you deny nepotism in Sarawak? Out of curiosity were any of the major contracts awarded base on open tender? What about the scan copies of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)? Stating the ownership of critical stakes in those companies given multi million contracts? How about those recently held by the sons and daughter overseas?

        • Wetsemenet

          Would you agree with me if I said that we do uphold the legal assumption of 'innocent until proven guilty'? On principle alone, you should not jump to conclusions too soon. Simple as that. Until the law courts decide either way, who are we to say?

          Any of you trained judges here? If yes, where is the deliberation?

          Separate the facts from speculation. Don't confuse yourselves.

  • LEGOSAN

    People who doesn't love Sarawak or Malaysia should just step aside. :-)

    • Ryn

      Your kind of love is a psychopatic-love. Love but must love with honest inteligence. If your love object has some wrongs, CORRECT the mistakes – then only your love object can flourish healthily. Shalom

  • walladah

    To wet cement:

    If you really care about the country, work hard to improve it from within, starting from the self. JOIN PSM TO HELP THE DOWNTRODDEN. A LOT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO WIPE OUT CRONYISM, CORRUPTION This is no joke.

    • Wetsemenet

      Joker lah you.

  • pangau libau

    WET SEMEN, "how much have you bag from those bastard who use our blood money to may for your write up" again note the exclamation mark. hope u r not swimming up to the wrong hole. the ass.

  • Res Ipsa Loquitur

    This Wetsemenet is from FBC. He's paid to insult people and make distracting comments so his boss' dirt gets diluted in the resulting rush. So far he has said nothing of relevance. Just ignore him.

    • Ryn

      I follow Bloomberg – I find that Haslinda Amin, Rashid Salamat being really a good representation of good business news presentators.

      No-Bloomberg don't pay me. I pay Bloomberg to gets their crews business inputs.

  • Res Ipsa Loquitur

    Guys, it's very simple to get around this FBC paid shit stirrer Wetsemenet. Clearly, he's not Malaysian, so let's all post in BM!

  • XXX

    I can guess what happened with the golden boat.

    This Stuart Hughes, he sends out shitty press releases like this all the time promoting his own work. For someone fooling around with such a lot of gold, he is too stingy to employ proper PR people to sort out his crap.

    Suddenly he announced this golden boat out of nowhere, sure kena F nicely from the fella who commissioned the Golden Boat in the first place. The client will F Stuart Hughes nicely asking who gave permission to announce this thing?

    That is why Stuart Hughes now quiet. Stupid gwailo put foot in mouth oredi.

    This was not the first incident. Previously some expensive phone in a solid marble box was announced commissioned by some Aussie businessman. Also this Stuart Hughes simply announce the commission and kena F from the client.

    How I know this fella is an ass? He sends out spam inviting media people to open Stuart Hughes branches around the world. Aiyah, we media fellas got money wont be working in media in the first place lah.

  • Titan Sarawak

    Wikipedia is a non profit organization. They pick up pieces of information here and there. It is just a matter of time they will make correction to their database. They need to be inform that the information they took were fabricated. It is a respectable organization after all.

    • Wetsemenet

      No. Wikipedia is free to be edited by anybody with an internet access. Let's assume that whenever I link to Wikipedia, I alter it to make the contents agree with my point to deceive you all. For how long? For example, I linked an entry on Rupert Murdoch. Do you think for once that his people would allow some 'unauthorized' editing to stay on for more than a few hours? Maybe even minutes?

      His publicist would definitely be sent packing if he lets his guards down. Not after what's happened recently.

      So, why would I be embarking on such a pointless exercise in the first place? Besides, it's unethical. Unlike Sarawak Report who shamelessly edited in their biased version of things on various Sarawak-related Wikipedia entries just to lend itself credibility (on top of all the links to affiliated-but-claimed-to-be-impartial websites).

      Wake up guys, there's no such thing as unbiased reporting in this day and age. This just means that everyone will have to use a little bit more of their brain cells instead of relying wholesale on the conclusion of your 'trusted reporters'.

      Lois Lane is dead. In her place is Peter Parker.

  • James Wong

    Great job, Clare.

  • Res Ipsa Loquitur

    Gosh, when Najib went to US and was interviewed by John Defterios on CNN, I was puzzled why he asked such lame questions and even more stunned by Najib's portly answers. I am absolutely appalled to find out that Defterios is not even from CNN and the whole thing was scripted and sold to me as responsible journalism. CNN you have enormous answering to to.

  • Res Ipsa Loquitur

    What happened to Wetsemenet? Must be different time zone for this FBC paid shit stirrer. Or maybe Najib needs to pay him a few more million RM to continue his "work".

  • mike

    cnbc has dumped fbc media, now that is the truth.

    poor wetsemenet, you lose, big time.

    by the way, wetsemenet, please direct your questions to cnbc will ya? no need to show off yourself in here.

    thanks sarawak report!

    • Wetsemenet

      You head must be hurting after all that thinking.

  • mike

    hahahaha…if you can get cnbc to reinstate fbc media back, then kudos to you

    • Wetsemenet

      Here's where you completely miss the point.

      You see, it's inconsequential whether it not FBC goes bankrupt even. The Malaysian government can and will simply switch agencies. Governments around the world hire PR companies to brush up their images in the international media. How do you think Britain and America managed to look better than they do all this while?

      And then we have the lobbyists. They all operate in similar manner. Name me a media company that has no association with a pro-Israel lobby one way or another. I'm sure there iare one or two somewhere, but fact is they're too obscure to notice.

      If we have access to the full list of questionnaire (and why not, since we are ALL sick and tired of partial and piecemeal information?), then and only then can we get to the bottom of the question of whether the axing of FBC by CNBC was actually directly because of allegedly rampant corruption on the Malaysian government's part, or simply due to business arrangements between FBC and CNBC, regardless of who FBC's clients are. The timing or her operation that follows immediately in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal is definitely not coincidental.

      'Did CNBC not examine FBC Media’s business model, available on their website, which plainly shows how the production company doubled up as a PR company flogging slots on their shows to top dollar clients?' – CB

      CB's second 'key question' is telling in that it sounds as if the document is littered with more of these type of veiled threats which has nothing to do with whether or not the Malaysian government is their client in the first place.

      So, where is the full and notarized version of the questionnaire? The burden of proof, my friends is on Sarawak Report, if only to protect its questionable integrity.

      Thank you.

      Geddit? It's all a game, guys. Don't be tools.

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  • ody2009

    I don't generally leave comments but this Wetsemenet is something else. He has a way of getting under your skin by arguing and shouting about nothing and everything and in the end diverting the main argument he has raised in he's first comment. Which in my opinion, was not even articulated properly for readers to have a clear understanding of the points he is trying to put across in the first place.

    If you review some of he's comments, perhaps he throws in phrases or understanding of certain concepts but it does not really address or build on the argument that he is trying to put across in he's initial argument. And he goes on about nothing and everything at the same time.

    He is probably some jobless attention seeker just getting his kicks by instigating the readers for something that doesn't really concern him anyway.

    • Wetsemenet

      Digest this:

      Here’s where you completely miss the point.

      You see, it’s inconsequential whether it not FBC goes bankrupt even. The Malaysian government can and will simply switch agencies. Governments around the world hire PR companies to brush up their images in the international media. How do you think Britain and America managed to look better than they do all this while?

      And then we have the lobbyists. They all operate in similar manner. Name me a media company that has no association with a pro-Israel lobby one way or another. I’m sure there are one or two somewhere, but fact is they’re too obscure to notice.

      If we have access to the full list of questionnaire (and why not, since we are ALL sick and tired of partial and piecemeal information?), then and only then can we get to the bottom of the question of whether the axing of FBC by CNBC was actually directly because of allegedly rampant corruption on the Malaysian government’s part, or simply due to business arrangements between FBC and CNBC, regardless of who FBC’s clients are. The timing or her operation that follows immediately in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal is definitely not coincidental.

      ‘Did CNBC not examine FBC Media’s business model, available on their website, which plainly shows how the production company doubled up as a PR company flogging slots on their shows to top dollar clients?’ – CB

      CB’s second ‘key question’ is telling in that it sounds as if the document is littered with more of these type of veiled threats which has nothing to do with whether or not the Malaysian government is their client in the first place.

      So, where is the full and notarized version of the questionnaire? The burden of proof, my friends is on Sarawak Report, if only to protect its questionable integrity.

      Thank you.

      Geddit? It’s all a game, guys. Don’t be tools.

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  • D'evil

    This confirmed my belief that Malaysia corruption is world class. It is so good that it touched BBC, CNBC, CNN etc. well done. There is still something Malaysia is good at.

  • mike

    well, he can't save fbc media from the axe, right?

    let see if he can talk his way through cnbc

    this is just the usual damage control but done lamely

    he should spend more time lobbying cnbc to bring back fbc media

    • Wetsemenet

      Here again:

      Here’s where you completely miss the point.

      You see, it’s inconsequential whether it not FBC goes bankrupt even. The Malaysian government can and will simply switch agencies. Governments around the world hire PR companies to brush up their images in the international media. How do you think Britain and America managed to look better than they do all this while?

      And then we have the lobbyists. They all operate in similar manner. Name me a media company that has no association with a pro-Israel lobby one way or another. I’m sure there are one or two somewhere, but fact is they’re too obscure to notice.

      If we have access to the full list of questionnaire (and why not, since we are ALL sick and tired of partial and piecemeal information?), then and only then can we get to the bottom of the question of whether the axing of FBC by CNBC was actually directly because of allegedly rampant corruption on the Malaysian government’s part, or simply due to business arrangements between FBC and CNBC, regardless of who FBC’s clients are. The timing or her operation that follows immediately in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal is definitely not coincidental.

      ‘Did CNBC not examine FBC Media’s business model, available on their website, which plainly shows how the production company doubled up as a PR company flogging slots on their shows to top dollar clients?’ – CB

      CB’s second ‘key question’ is telling in that it sounds as if the document is littered with more of these type of veiled threats which has nothing to do with whether or not the Malaysian government is their client in the first place.

      So, where is the full and notarized version of the questionnaire? The burden of proof, my friends is on Sarawak Report, if only to protect its questionable integrity.

      Thank you.

      Geddit? It’s all a game, guys. Don’t be tools.

  • Marjorie Chow

    Clearly this person (or group) Wetsemenet is out to rebut whatever Sarawak Report reports. If you people out there supports SR, please do yourselves a favour and just ignore his/their comments. Nothing you say will make him/them see the "light".

    • mike

      Wetsemenet could not accept that because of SR, fbc media was axed by cnbc.

      he was really entertaining, though.

      in fact, there was nothing at all that Wetsemenet could do about it!

      his 'peter parker' could not save fbc media from the axe and that frustfrates him very much – so he turned his attention to others

      • http://n/a RAJA MANGGENG

        mike…what is his name bro? Peter Parker or peter FUCKER..no.1

        Defender of his thief master.

        Let us make CORRUPTION a crime against HUMANITY and mandatory death penalty by Firing Squad..this is to deter other rulers in future.

        Never mind Mr Peter Fucker vents his anger on us..but May GID bless him bro.

        • http://n/a RAJA MANGGENG

          Typo error " GOD instead if GID.Am sorry.

  • sook

    Wetsemenet I don't really understand why you are upset. CNBC and BBC have already launch an investigation. If SR is wrong, I'm sure they will defend their actions.

  • Quigonbond

    Reading this fairly long debate between Wetsemenet and the rest of the commentators, my impression is that it may well be true that some of the reports such as the gold yacht may have been an exaggeration or totally untrue (I haven't the time to read them yet).

    In my mind, Sarawak Report has done much good weeding out thus far hidden corruption of Taib Mahmud administration. They should be applauded and encouraged to keep up their good work. At the same time, they need to improve on the integrity of their information gathering process, and perhaps clarify if some of their reports have been effectively repudiated.

    It may be asking too much because they're effectively run by volunteers. But that's the price to pay for reforming this country.

    Perhaps all of us could play our part, and Wetsemenet can help too, given his analytical abilities. However, if Wetsemenet has an axe to grind against Sarawak Report, or if he is truly a BN man/woman, then that's just too bad.

    • mike

      obviously cnbc does not listen to him, anywa

    • Wetsemenet

      I agree wit you. I have an axe to grind against misinformation. Given that we can all agree that mainstream media is full of self-interested croo, I'm out to ensure that new media, especially those claiming to champion the rights of the downtrodden. For sure, an emotional subject such as this can always divert from questions of integrity and trustworthiness expected even of 'investigative blogs' such as these.

      Bottom line is, whichever side of the political divide w stand on, we must be aware not be hoodwinked by interested parties simply because they claim to be fighting for your cause.

      Thanks, friend.

      • Wetsemenet

        Sorry about the typos:

        I agree with you. I have an axe to grind against misinformation. Given that we can all agree that mainstream media is full of self-interested crooks, I’m out to ensure that new media, especially those claiming to champion the rights of the downtrodden are not. For sure, an emotional subject such as this can always divert from questions of integrity and trustworthiness expected even of ‘investigative blogs’ such as these.

        Bottom line is, whichever side of the political divide we stand on, we must be aware not be hoodwinked by interested parties simply because they claim to be fighting for your cause.

        Thanks, friend.

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  • mike

    bottom line is, CNBC DUMPS FBC MEDIA

    if it is misinformation, the above would not have happened – at all

    can you do anything about it? i think not.

  • Hans Tan

    CNBC owes the people of Malaysia and all who tunes in to produce a clear and true picture of what the truth is that is going on in Malaysia without fear and favour.

  • mike

    sarawak report 1 – 0 fbc media

  • http://n/a Watch Dog

    MoCS..RED SATURDAY..for TRUE Democracy. Let us all wear RED SHIRT..UBAH LAH!!!

  • Satelite Watch

    Wetsemenet….you to much talk cock.You think your proffesional counselling telling the world. I 100% definitely you have 2 mask devil & angel. You keep bluffing in this comments like old man just exactly like george chan hong nam.Next election rakyat know how to decided.Time to change kickoff govt.corrupted and dirty.Govt helpless and hopeless until civillians suffer with taxpayers,to rise scavangers,grabland,use gang rule until polis involve one of them,buy vote,try to change law rule,use bomoh when election campaignand ect.

    Wetsemenet…shut-up and get loz….

    • http://n/a Watch Dog

      Satelite Watch..Bro,please don't waste your time with brain dead

      moron.wetsemenet….TM's paid crony..

      Ignore this foreign leech (sucker)..

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