We regret our action and we offer our sincere apology.
On September 23, we had published an unverified article that has defamed two minors and their families. We had based our article on fake news and unverified facts.
We hereby confirm that we had not verified the contents of the article, nor had we contacted the families of the minor to get any clarifications whatsoever. We had run a story that was carried by another portal that has since confirmed that the story is totally inaccurate.
We carried the news as it was sensational and we hoped to get more circulation by this exaggerated article failing to take into considerations that by doing so, we breached the laws of Malaysia generally and in particular Section 15 of the Child Act 2001 and section 233 of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.
We regret that we were not professional in our reporting. We apologise to all our readers.
We sincerely regret our mistake and we are deeply sorry for all the embarrassment, hardship, mental distress and shame we had caused to the two minors, their family and their friends. We undertake to be more vigilant in our reporting in the future. We take full responsibility for our error.
The related articles and posts have also been taken down. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to producing more quality and informative articles in the future.