By now, multi-millionaire Tong Kooi Ong, must have heard that his financial newspaper, The Edge, has been described as the publication that is supportive of the Opposition.
That is the sentiment of the powers at Putrajaya and it is no surprise that he and his publication has become the target of Umno bloggers and pro-MCA bloggers in the Mandarin cyberworld.
The leaders of Umno and MCA are outraged at the fictitious reports filed by the publication. Either the reporters are being fed unsubstantiated information by the opposition or they are simply made up by their reporters.
In one report, the news had no byline or the name of the reporter, which has raised suspicion of the nature of the report.
The report said that Umno would take over the MCA’s transport post in the Cabinet. Well, at least, they believe that BN will form the next federal government. They got this one right, at least.
Tong is said to be spending his time mostly in Canada, so many may give him the benefit of doubt as to whether he is aware or care two hoots about the daily operations of the newspaper but he better be aware that the complaints against The Edge are piling up on the desk of the PM.
He is now perceived as unfriendly to the BN and his history of being a crony of Anwar Ibrahim has not helped. In fact, he was Anwar’s super crony and long believed to be holding the wealth of the sodomite.
It was Anwar who helped Tong gained control of the PhileoAllied Bank and he later built the blocks of offices called Phileo Damansara. A block is said to be given to Anwar and for a while, the PKR headquarters was located there.
Tong is also accused of supporting Nasaruddin Jalil, the former political secretary of Anwar, who had to flee Malaysia by banking in monthly expenses of over RM20,000.
He also packaged the MRCB deal for another Anwar crony Ahmad Nazri Abdullah and at the height of his link with Anwar, he threatened Tan Sri Munir Majid, then Securities Commission chief with impunitunity.
Tong even arrogantly refused to join the Malaysian Stockbrokers Association because he had direct access to Anwar.
Now, we are seeing the signs of Tong attacking Putrajaya with suspicious and fictional stories in The Edge, aimed at discrediting Umno and MCA.
BN bloggers are also watching closely the editors of The Edge said to be closed to Anwar and supportive of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, its editors have openly condemned the PM and the BN at their meetings, according to insiders.
Some of their colleagues are in fact now running Selangor Times, the voice of the Selangor state government.