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Lim Kit Siang wasted no time in pouncing on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s rebuttal to alleged abuse of power.
The DAP Parliamentary leader today scoffed at the deputy prime minister’s defence that the SMS exchange with lawyer Datuk Shafee Abdullah over the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder investigation was “a private matter”.from a most unhlikely source, I have been reliably informed…..straight from the Steppes of Inner Mongolia comes this conversation. I was also reliably informed that this was sent to Malaysia Today as a sequel to the letter sent by Altantuya’s father. Read on
The following text message correspondence is between YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Dato’ Shafee Abdullah, a Malaysian lawyer who initially represented Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda who is on trial for abeting the murder of Mongolian national, Altantuya Shaariibuu.
While it does not answer lingering questions about Najib’s alleged past relations with Altantuya, the text messages show clearly Najib’s active intereference in the case very early on. The messages highlight Najib’s willingness to speak with both members of the Attorney General’s Chambers and Inspector General of Police about the case, something that suggests an abuse of executive power.
What is particularly revealing and troubling is that the counsel, Shafee, keeps asking Najib for details indicating some political intervention that may have influenced the case. This observation is strengthened by Najib’s message to Shafee on 16 November 2006: “Pls do not say anything to the press today. i will explain later. RB will have to face a tentative charge but all is not lost.” This message raises a lot of questions about Najib’s role in this case. Why did he mention “tentative” charge and that “all is not lost” for RB (Razak Baginda)? How would Najib know this before Razak was charged? Is there already a deal in place that will see Razak aquitted? These are important questions which will have ramifications not just on this case but far beyond.
The text messages were transmitted between Najib’s personal mobile phone. Those who seek the truth should challenge Najib and Shafee to deny that this correspondence took place between them. Perhaps a record of the messages still resides in the server of the relevant telecommunications company. In one SMS, Najib allegedly tells the lawyer that Razak — his advisor — “will face a tentative charge but all is not lost”.
“He did not deny the exchange took place. What about the case of P. Balasubramaniam? Does he deny that he had contact with the Inspector-General of Police?” Lim said while debating the 2009 Budget.
Balasubramaniam had made a statutory declaration that Abdul Razak received an SMS from Najib stating that the IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan would “take care” of the Altantuya case.
However, a second SD surfaced in which Balasubramaniam disavowed the first SD, claiming he was made to sign the SD under duress.
Dubbing the finance minister as the “de facto prime minister” in reference to Najib being designated as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s successor after Umno party polls in March, the Ipoh Timur MP echoed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call for Najib to be investigated.
“We do not want just personal belief,” he said, referring to Abdullah’s defence of Najib in stating that his deputy is a “good person”.
“He must be cleared by a Royal Commission Inquiry so that we can be proud to have a 100% clean prime minister. Or otherwise,” Lim said.
Lim also told the Dewan Rakyat that the IGP and attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should resign over abuses of power.
Citing an unnamed source, he claimed that an investigation by solicitor-general Idrus Harun in July had found that the AG had fabricated evidence against Anwar in the “black-eye” incident 10 years ago.
“How can we have a criminal as an AG?” he exclaimed.
Anwar had also filed a police report in July claiming abuse of power by Abdul Gani — then a senior deputy public prosecutor — and Musa’s role in the scandal surrounding the former deputy prime minister’s black-eye.
The truth is buried somewhere. Those who know what truly happened hope that the truth has been buried deep with Altantuya. But the funny thing is, the truth always finds its way into the hands of those who fight for justice – sometimes in the most mysterious circumstances……
WHYMUST HE GET HIS ADC INVOLVED? WHERE IS BALA?HIS SD STATE THE SAME