Abdul Razak: I know, okay? I know!Posted: November 21, 2008
After Razak Baginda read his press statement, there was a 48-minute press-conference. The Nut Graph has some excerpts of it HERE.
Are you saying that Balasubramaniam’s statutory declarations were lies?
As you know, the whole issue of the two statutory declarations by Bala, (are) now under police investigation. I have given (my) full cooperation to the police. I have been interviewed by the police after my release. What I’ve said today to all of you is what I told the police, that Datuk Najib never met the deceased.
How do you know?
How do I know? (Pause) I know, okay? I know!
Have you contacted Datuk Seri Najib?
Well, that was the first question asked. I’ve not met him, I’ve not seen him, I’ve not spoken to him, I’ve not SMSed him…anything else…I’ve not emailed him, I’ve not…that’s it. I’ve not been in touch with him at all.
Are you planning to be in touch with him?
(Chuckles) Well, let me put it this way. I’ve got my immediate plans and that’s my immediate concern.
Where did you meet Altantuya?
I don’t really want to go there. I’ve already said that there was a death. It doesn’t make a difference where I met her. All I wanted to say in my statement is that Datuk Seri Najib never met the woman. So I think you can say that from there, whoever said whatever, they’re all lies.
When you were in court, there was a lot of public opinion…
When you say public opinion, I really wonder who you have in mind. So many people, when you talk about people’s power. Just look at Thailand, the people is against the government or in the Philippines, you see people are in the streets, 100,000, 500,000. The media blow it out of proportion but hang on, is that democracy? If you’re talking about 500 people going out in the streets as opposed to a population of 100 million, is that reflective of democracy?
If I have money and I pay everyone RM10 and get 100,000 people out in the streets and protest against the government, is that people power? Is that public opinion? That’s not public opinion, that’s just manipulation. So if you say public opinion, you talk about it as if it is a coherent consensus. I don’t think it’s a consensus. So I don’t want to pander to the so-called public opinion and I’d like to ask you, who is the public opinion? Can a blogger reflect a public opinion? I mean if that’s the case, I can have a public opinion. I can run you down and I’ll say this is a public opinion.
So I think I’m being very sceptical and as Malaysian society develops, we should question rather than accept. If we descend to a level where, a taxi driver for instance, someone who doesn’t know the facts, writes and that becomes public opinion, then I feel sorry for society because the society has descended to such a low level. Let’s not talk about Malaysia, let’s talk about the knowledge society, the thinking public but what’s missing at the moment is, just one individual or two individuals can form an opinion and that becomes public. Come on, give me a break.
If anything at all, I’d agree with him on ONE count, and that is that we should question rather than accept. No doubt this case is shrouded in a whole lot of mystery and unanswered questions. We don’t know what is what, what is right and what is not. What we know is, there are too many questions and open ends for this case to be just ‘over’.
There are a couple of things that I don’t understand from reading this excerpt of his conference. Like when he said there are immediate plans and immediate concerns when asked about his plans to meet up with Najib. What does he mean by that? It HAS been quite a while since his release, so it’s also quite curious why they have had NO contact whatsoever, considering that they were close enough for Najib to arrange for his lawyer, assuming that the SMSes between Najib and Shafee were real (Najib did not deny the authenticity).
And I’m also not too sure why Abdul Razak found the need to make a press statement mainly to say that Najib never met Altantuya. As Abdul Razak said:
All I wanted to say in my statement is that Datuk Seri Najib never met the woman.
His ‘knowing’ that Najib never met Altantuya is not exactly very convincing too, now is it?
But the thing for me is this. I don’t know anything more than what a normal person would know from just reading blogs and news articles online. So I don’t know if Najib or Rosmah ever met Altantuya, or if Bala is really missing or just on holiday, or if Razak Baginda is telling the truth.
My main concern is that there was a heinous crime. A woman’s body was bombed into bits with C4 explosives. Someone HAS to be responsible for murdering her the way he/she/they did. And this someone who is responsible is obviously someone who has hardly any conscience or compassion, or love for life and humankind. And to think that this person(s) is Malaysian just saddens me to bits.
If the two police officers who are currently still under trial are the ones responsible, it would be the best of all scenarios, if there ever can be a ‘best’ scenario. Because at the very least, the killers are caught. But what if they are not the guilty ones? Or what if they are not the ONLY guilty ones? This thought scares me even more. Because that would mean that a cold-blooded murderer is still out and free.
Will there ever be closure? For Altantuya’s family, and for Malaysians?