Sat Oct 19th, 2002

FEER apologises for incorrect bombing link to Malaysia

The Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) today apologised for incorrectly identifying Malaysia as a country where bombings linked to Jemaah Islamiah (JI) have taken place.
The magazine had reported in its online edition, "www.feer.com", that there had been "a series of bombings in Malaysia and Indonesia over the last two years" by terrorist groups linked to the al-Qaeda.
In the article, entitled "Weak Link in the Anti-Terror Chain", the FEER claimed that interrogation of Iraqi-born al-Qaeda operative Omar Al Faruq cemented suspicions among US intelligence agencies about the extent of the relationship between Osama bin Laden's network and the JI.
It also said that the JI is believed by Asian and Western intelligence agencies to have been "behind a series of bombings in Malaysia and Indonesia over the last two years."
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had criticised the FEER over its report, pointing out that there had been no such incident of bombings in the country as claimed by the FEER.
In a one-paragragh apology posted on its website, the FEER said: "We incorrectly identified Malaysia as a country where bombings linked to Jemaah Islamiah have taken place. We regret the error."
The magazine's print version, which has yet to be released in Malaysia, will also carry the correction and apology in its following week's edition, according to FEER officials contacted by national news agency Bernama.
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