The tale of men, women, and explosivesPosted: July 3, 2008
Enough to make one good drama series, I would say.
Unfortunately, all this is very true. And it’s not good.
Bala’s SD has not lent credence to RPK’s previous SD, claiming that he had been reliably informed of Rosmah’s presence at the time of Altantuya’s “explosion”. Nor has it lent credence to all the speculations and allegations about Najib being behind the Altantuya murder case.
But the SD revealed today, has done one thing for me. It has made me disbelieve the system even more. Because for me, the SD is about the exact same thing that Anwar’s police report from few days ago was about. It was about the suppression of information. About the incredibly shady ways and conduct of the police force, the investigations and prosecution of a particular case.
If anything, both the AG and the IGP are in for more trouble than they can handle. They cannot be let off the hook that easily.
As for Najib, since his name was mentioned in the SD, and in no uncertain ways, his name is now “legally” pinned to the Altantuya case. Previously, everything was “talk”, or “rumour”. But now, it is in black and white, although also based on hearsay. Bala has not said anything about witnessing Altantuya and Najib together, but he can stand witness that he has been told FIRSTHAND. This, is stronger that RPK’s SD, because he was reliably informed by unknown sources.
Lim Kit Siang has made a suggestion, which I feel would be wise to follow. Najib would do good in “taking leave” from his DPM post. His future as a politician is not the only thing that is at stake now. Not anymore. His main worry should now no longer be “whether he can become the next PM”, but whether he can even still hold a position in UMNO, and whether he can even save his skin on this one.
On his blog, he has quoted something that the wife of Razak Baginda had said back in 2006:
“My husband is innocent. My husband is a good man. He supported me and protected me. Why are you writing all these stories about him. He is not out to become the Prime Minister. Why are they doing this to him?”
Susan also has something to say about this.
Abdullah Badawi has to take a stand on this, and quickly. For his own good, he has to be the one to suspend Najib from his post, and call for immediate investigations.
But for everything the SD does, it does not say that Najib was involved in the murder of Altantuya. Other than the last SMS sent to Razak by Najib that said “I’m seeing IGP at 11.00a.m today…matter will be solved…be cool”, nothing else implicates that Najib had anything to do with Altantuya’s murder. In fact, the SMS probably just says something about Najib “buying” the IGP, implying perhaps, abuse of power and corruption.
It does say this, loud and clear. It says that NAJIB IS A LIAR.
To be told by two different people at two seperate times, of the same thing gives credit to what is being said. Both Altantuya and Razak Baginda have confided in Bala about their meeting with Najib in Singapore and Paris. Both at different times. Both independently. And it is more believable that they did not “spin it up” to cover Bala’s eyes, because Razak was desperately trying to avoid Altantuya at all costs.
Najib has denied knowing Altantuya at all. Haven’t met her, haven’t seen her, and haven’t even heard of her prior to her murder.
Will he deny it again?
And not only is Najib a liar, it seems like almost everyone involved in the investigations and prosecution of this case are also liars.
Bala explained that whilst in remand and under questioning, one Salehuddin had taken down his 73-page statement.
Who is this Salehuddin? I don’t know. But the name does ring a bell. Because there was also one Salehuddin who was originally on the prosecution team. And this prosecution team was switched at zero hour. Meaning this one Salehuddin was no more to be involved in the prosecution.
Are these two Salehuddins one and the same? Again, I don’t know. But, I think it highly probable.
And if these two Salehuddins are one and the same, then would it not mean that the current prosecution team is one that was “handpicked” by certain parties?
The system has, in my mind, gone to the dogs. (And there seems to be one particular dog who has created some anger in some people [myself included] over his racial slur, a slur which seems consistent with this other remark made by someone fit to be an UMNO woman)
It’s not only about the men (Najib, Anwar, Pak Lah, RPK, Aziz Buyong, Bala, Musa Hassan, Abdul Gani Patail), the women (Altantuya, Rosmah, “Amy”, Norhayati) and the explosives (C4, of course) anymore.
It’s not just about them. It’s about us. It’s about how we understand the situation at hand. It’s about how we, as a society, will handle this issue. It’s about how we react.
It doesn’t matter if you support BN, or UMNO, or PAS, or Pakatan Rakyat, or just Anwar. It doesn’t matter, because this is a fall for us all. Yes, it has made Najib look bad, it has made the government look bad. But in the same breadth, it has made Malaysia look bad.
It is about Malaysia, about us as Malaysians. It is about how we take this fall, and how we will stand back up again. It’s about where we go from here.