Singapore’s TNP: It wasn’t our intent to insult Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - The New Paper (TNP) of Singapore has voiced its regret over a front-page headline which was deemed insulting to Malaysia.

"It was not our intent. We wanted to draw our readers' attention to the threat of gun violence in Malaysia," TNP's editor Dominic Nathan said.

Last Wednesday, the tabloid published a report under the heading "Welcome To Malaysia Where ... Death Is Cheap And Staying Alive Costly."

According to a report in The Straits Times, Nathan said that what was reported had been "covered extensively in the Malaysian media."

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had voiced the Government's unhappiness on the matter, saying that it was a misleading and sensational headline.

The Singapore Foreign Ministry had also expressed displeasure with the headline.

Its director of public affairs, Teo Lay Cheng, had in a letter to the newspaper said the "sensational headline was unbecoming and irresponsible".

"Singapore newspapers should report on our neighbours in a professional and objective manner.

"TNP failed to show judgment in how it presented the story," wrote Teo.

TNP has since taken down the article from its website as well as its Facebook page.