The Edge chairman and CEO refute political conspiracy allegations


PETALING JAYA - The Edge chairman and CEO have refuted claims that they were part of a political conspiracy and that they tampered with evidence related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

"We will take legal action against those who continue to make these unfounded allegations against us and The Edge Media Group," said The Edge chairman Tong Kooi Ong and publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat.

Both Tong and Ho said that The Edge had no political agenda when they 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," said the two men in a joint statement on Monday.

"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."

They highlighted that they had never linked the Prime Minister or the Government in general to the problems at 1MDB.

"We had never given 1MDB a political spin in any of our articles," they said.

"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."

The statement by The Edge was in response to a New Straits Times article published on Monday on an alleged conspiracy to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that supposedly involve several politicians and the editor of the Sarawak Report.

In the publication's front page blurb, The Edge was named as being "implicated in this elaborate conspiracy to topple a democratically-elected prime minister".