Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 March, 1995, 12:00am

On 13 February 1994 the Sunday Morning Post published an article entitled 'Damning Evidence of Britain's Dirty Deals' containing certain statements and insinuations about Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the former Minister of Finance of Malaysia, and suggesting a relationship with George Tan by refering to a letter purportedly written by George Tan to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah offering 25 million shares in Carrian.

We unreservedly apologise for any suggestion or insinuation of a relationship between Tengu Razaleigh Hamzah and George Tan. The letter on which the article was based has been consistently denounced by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as a forgery. We accept this to be the position; it was unfair and improper for our article to relay on the letter. We accept that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is innocent of any allegation of corruption.

If any reader may have drawn the impression from our article that is was intended to suggest that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was connected whether directly or indirectly with the death of Jalil Ibrahim, such is regretted, as this was not intended. We had no intention of casting any doubt upon Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's innocence in this matter.

We regret any embarrassment and distress caused to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. We have paid Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's legal costs in full and we have agreed to publish this apology at our own expense in both Hong Kong and in Malaysia.

Ann Quon, Editor Richard Trevelyan South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd.