Ma office protests Malaysian daily describing him as ex-leader

The office of former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressed dissatisfaction Monday about a Malaysian newspaper referring to him as “former leader of Taiwan” instead of “former president.”

The Sin Chew Daily carried an exclusive interview with Ma, describing him as “former president of Taiwan,” but its online edition calls him “former leader of Taiwan.”

The media’s web edition violates the basic journalistic tenet of “reporting based on facts,” said Ma’s office in a statement. “This is regrettable,” it said.

It urged the Malaysian media to stay away from politics and do its job as bona fide media by respecting the fact that Ma is a former president.

The Sin Chew Daily claims to be the biggest-circulation Chinese-language newspaper in Southeast Asia — “the largest Chinese language media outside of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”

Ma was scheduled to depart for Malaysia Tuesday, returning to Taiwan Nov. 18. During his stay, he will make two public speeches — on the future of the Chinese world and on the economic relations between Taiwan and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — according to his office.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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