Al Jazeera owes Malaysians an apology – Ismail Sabri

by BERNAMA/ pic credit: aljazeera.com

AL JAZEERA should apologise to the people of Malaysia for carrying an inaccurate documentary on the way Malaysia managed undocumented migrant workers in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said it was unethical of the journalist concerned to produce the documentary, which he described as misleading and baseless.

“As an international media organisation, Al Jazeera should stop its action (of screening the documentary) and apologise to the people of Malaysia,” he told a news conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) here today.

The 20-minute documentary, titled “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”, alleged that Malaysia discriminated against illegal immigrants when it took steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Ismail Sabri said Al Jazeera had also lied by claiming that children of illegal immigrants had been treated cruelly, including being taken to the Immigration Detention Depots (DTI) in handcuffs.