News Flash 2

PI: Cops left out vital info

KUALA LUMPUR: Police omitted pertinent information allegedly linking Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case, claimed private investigator P. Balasubramaniam in a statutory declaration.

Balasubramaniam declared he had informed police what Abdul Razak Baginda had purportedly told him prior to Altantuya’s murder.

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Anwar: Proof on Najib soon

KUALA LUMPUR: Evidence allegedly linking Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to murdered Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu will be released in the next few days.

“The next evidence will come in the next few days. Just be patient. This is not the end. I just want to test the nerve and commitment of the Prime Minister,” said PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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It’s a pack of lies to smear my reputation, says Najib

Najib: Statutory declaration just a diversion

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated that he had neither met nor known Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“The statutory declaration, which I consider a horrible lie, a mere fabrication with malicious intention and slanderous element is aimed at smearing my image,” he told a packed press conference held at about 7pm at his office in Parliament Building here yesterday.

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Pak Lah stays mum on allegations against Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has declined comment on the latest allegations, which were contained in a statutory declaration, against his deputy, saying that the matter now rests with the court.

He said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had however told him of the allegations but did not discuss the matter.

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PI retracts parts of declaration

KUALA LUMPUR: Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda’s private investigator P. Balasubramaniam on Friday retracted several paragraphs of his statutory declaration which he made yesterday.

Among the parts retracted are that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak introduced Razak to Mongolian murder victim Altantuya Shaariibuu and that Najib had a sexual relationship with her.

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Let’s get straight down to the truth

ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
By M. VEERA PANDIYAN

Emotions should not stand in the way of investigations into the sodomy accusation against de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim which has once again polarised the nation. 

The Four Non-Blondes have been in my head for several days now, screaming “What’s going on?” at the top of their lungs. That chorus of the hit single What’s Up? from the feisty all-girl band sums up my sentiments of the moment.

What’s going on?

Too much, actually.

We are certainly living in interesting times. Never before has the country been such a cauldron of chaos, whichever way you look at it.

Just how much of the recurring emotional assaults – shock, disbelief, outrage and exasperation – can Malaysians take before the proverbial straw snaps the camel’s back?

The latest jolt struck with a dose of deja vu.

Allegations of sodomy have again smitten a man who was until last week dubbed “Prime-Minister-in waiting”.

Nine years ago, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the undisputed Prime Minister-in-waiting too, before he was sacked by his former boss Tun (then Datuk Seri) Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse of power.

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty caused by the regional currency crisis, Anwar took on the might of his mentor’s political clout and his control of the administration to stage his Reformasi street protests, accusing the then Prime Minister of political conspiracy.

In spite of the masses moved by his charisma and fiery tirades against the Government, Anwar was arrested and beaten up by the then IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor before being charged and jailed in a highly controversial process that divided Malaysians and sapped their confidence in the police and the judiciary.

Now after having risen from the ashes and re-branded himself as the country’s bellwether for change and champion of multi-racial politics, it’s back to square one again for the de facto leader of PKR.

Last Saturday, a new party volunteer Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, filed a police report claiming Anwar had sexually violated him on several occasions.

The accuser, a university drop-out and wanna-be pilot, has since been labelled a louche guy set up to engineer Anwar’s second fall from grace.

He is engaged to the young and pretty television personality Syariza Janna, who is also a blogger. Their lives are never going to be the same again.

In a histrionic move that made headlines around the world, Anwar took refuge in the Turkish Embassy, from where he declared that his life was in danger and that he was a victim of yet another heinous political conspiracy.

He only left the embassy after securing assurances from the Government that he won’t be harmed like the last time, when he was beaten unconscious and appeared with a black eye that eventually became a symbol to rally hate against Dr Mahathir’s rule.

Like it did a decade ago, the United States warned Malaysia against any “politically motivated” probe of Anwar, stressing that there should be no charges of sodomy.

The Government responded by protesting against the superpower’s “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs and telling it to get its facts right.

The drama is still unfolding and no one knows how it will play out yet, but the battle lines have been drawn.

As of now, it looks like a huge mismatch with Anwar’s legions of supporters having already conquered cyberspace, the current court of public opinion.

Unlike the swift acceptance of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration claiming that three people, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s wife were at the scene of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder, the latest allegations against Anwar have only been met with utter disbelief, disgust and derision.

The reason? When it comes to credibility, the country’s administration, enforcement and justice systems have become so blighted that the first reaction of people is cynicism.

By now, the Government should know that the most vital element for the image of an effective government is credibility.

Once lost, it’s hard to recover.

As former US vice- president Walter Mondale once put it: “Political image is like mixing cement. When it’s wet you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there is almost nothing you can do to reshape it.”

It sure looks hard for the Government to turn the tide in its favour but it has no other choice.

To make matters worse, Anwar has made serious allegations against the IGP and the Attorney-General, accusing them of conspiracy in covering up the near-death assault on him a decade ago.

Emotions are running very high among Anwar’s supporters and detractors and that is part of the problem.

They must come to terms that we have to get to the truth of the matter. If the allegations are false, the accuser and the conspirators, if any, must be punished severely.

Similarly, if the allegations are true, however ridiculous they seem – given the ages and physical conditions of the personalities involved – the perpetrator, too, must face the rap.

With the credibility of the police being part of the problem, perhaps the Government should invite a neutral, reputable foreign agency, like Scotland Yard, for example, to participate in the probe and help restore faith in the system.

Let’s leave our emotions out in the interest and pursuit of truth and justice.

M. Veera Pandiyan, Deputy Editor, New Media, likes this quote of leadership attributed to 1960’s Black Panther Party radical Eldridge Cleaver: “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.”

Drama drama drama and more drama! I am speechless! Our country is dealing with a crisis here where the people are struggling everyday with the high prices of almost everything and yet, they decided to make dramas instead of drafting out solutions for the people. Brilliant…In the wrong sense!

The never ending story~~~~

All souces are from TheStar online

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