LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

Najib Named As No. 2 Most Corrupt On TIME Magazine Cover Is FAKE, And What The Actual Article Hides

From the bad type arrangement and inaccurate publication date, any casual observer can see that the purported magazine cover featuring Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a bad fake job but this did not stop netizens from forwarding the potentially slanderous image including opposition leaders.

This morning, an image capture of a fake magazine cover went viral on social media despite the very amatuerish attempt at faking a TIME magazine cover, helped in part by the sharing of the image by the opposition, including PKR lawmaker Sivarasa Rasiah amd former Temerloh MP Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Regina Lee, aide to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, had shared the actual magazine cover on her Twitter feed and appealed to Malaysians common sense about the incredulity of that fake cover.

"These are the actual Time Magazine covers. COME ON LAH PEOPLE," she wrote, sharing the latest actual magazine cover which features Apple CEO Tim Cook on the cover. This is verified by going to the TIME magazine subscription site which displays a similar cover.


As for earlier publications in the month, the 21 March edition of TIME Asia has no sign of Najib on the cover either.

A cursory examination of the fake cover will bring to the notice of any casual observer that it clearly is a botched job, from the messy placement of type to the inaccurate publication date imprinted above.

The print edition of TIME magazine is published every Monday and the date on the fake cover is Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

However, there is an article in online news portal that includes Malaysia in its discussion on global corruption written by Ian Brenner dated 17 March.

In the article, Malaysia is placed 2nd among 5 countries in a discussion on the link between politics and corruption scandals, which also includes Brazil, South Africa, China and Russia.

Sounds familiar, except for the exclusion of India, all the countries named besides Malaysia are members of the new monetary union BRICS. The name is an acronym of its member nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, whose economies are speculated to achieve global dominance by 2050, possibly at the expense of the United States of America. Part of the BRICS agenda is to reform global financial institutions after all.

The fact that the article compiled its ranking based on information reported in US media outlets like the much maligned Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Economist, The Atlantic, CNBC and The Washington Post gives rise to an ulterior motive for the article given the US vested interest in ensuring it maintains the lead in economic growth globally and keeping its financial system and currency in a dominant position worldwide.

This attempt at faking a TIME magazine cover isn't the first time as an article published on itself titled 'Top 10 Fake TIME Magazine Covers' highlights many famous attempts featuring fake covers using its famous masthead as if implying that making it to the cover of TIME magazine signifies a certain achievement.


- mD