KUALA LUMPUR - Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak advised the people not to trust reports released by Sarawak Report, saying the news portal harboured a specific motive to topple the leadership of the country.
He said the news portal aimed to spread slander to undermine the reputation of the country's leaders.
"Sarawak Report is an online paper which has only one goal - to slander our leaders.
"As such, the people cannot accept its reports outright because their motive is to topple the country''s leadership," he said to reporters at the Kembara Negaraku ''bubur lambuk'' distribution event at KL Sentral here.
Salleh was asked to comment on a report of the news portal that Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the chief prosecutor in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomy case, was paid a sum of money channelled through an account of the Prime Minister and allegedly from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Salleh said Lester Melanyi, the former editor of the portal, had admitted that 90 per cent of the news reports of Sarawak Report was false and had been manipulated.
"We are aware that some of the documents released by Sarawak Report had been