Malaysian MP likens WSJ to gutter tabloid

KUALA LUMPUR - A Barisan Nasional lawmaker has likened the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to a gutter tabloid and accused the newspaper of sensationalising news.

Bagan Serai MP Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the people should not believe what a newspaper had written against the views of a financial rating agency.

"Do you believe the Fitch rating agency or a newspaper like WSJ? Fitch has the credibility and the expertise.

"From what I see, the WSJ accusations have no basis and the people should realise the effect of extreme perception and how it can change things," he claimed when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Barisan's Setiawangsa MP Ahmad Fauzi Zahari said Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz had said Malaysia's economic condition was not due to domestic issues.

"She also said that aggressive perception causes people to see things the way it isn't and that is what is happening now," he added.

However, PKR's Rafizi Ramli asked why the country was facing multiple economic issues when the Government was saying that the country's economy was stable.

"Is the Government not playing perception?" he asked.