H'NG HUNG YONG, executive director cum editor-in-chief of the Su=
n Media Corporation Sdn Bhd, resigned yesterday.
Three others have=
been suspended with immediate effect by The Sun newspaper which today fr=
ont-paged an apology to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and=
his deputy, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, over the paper's front pag=
e report two days ago.
The Sun also retracted its Dec 25 report he=
adlined, Plot To Kill PM, in which it quoted sources as saying that polic=
e had uncovered a plot by several local politicians to assassinate the Pr=
ime Minister and his deputy "in a month or two." The report had alleged t=
hat the assassination was to be carried out by a hired gun nicknamed "Raj=
a Commando." Late last night, The Malay Mail learnt that H'ng announced h=
is resignation at an editors' meeting at The Sun's office in Section 51, =
Petaling Jaya, yesterday evening.
Sources said its chief news edit=
or Robert Ho, Kuala Lumpur-based reporter R. Manirajan and Penang-based p=
hotographer Anita Md Nasir were suspended indefinitely with "immediate ef=
fect." A source said the decision to suspend the trio was made after a bo=
ard of directors meeting yesterday.
H'ng could not be reached for =
comment while Ho, reached on his mobile phone last night, said he had no =
comment on the matter.
It was learnt that H'ng had, yesterday even=
ing, also sent out e-mails to the company's staff to thank them for their=
support during his tenure there.
He had also asked that they give=
the same support to Frankie Teh, an accountant with Berjaya Corporation,=
who will take over his executive director post.
The source said n=
o decision has been made on the editor-in-chief post.
ion to resign, and the trio's suspension, came just hours after Ho and Th=
e Sun's editor, Andy Ng, were asked to explain the Dec 25 report to the H=
ome Ministry's publication control division secretary Mohd Abdul Halim Mu=
hammad at the Ministry in Putrajaya earlier in the morning.
raits Times quoted Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Aseh Che Ma=
t as confirming this.
In the absence of H'ng and Ho, Ng would assu=
me editorial control.