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?
From the Malaysian Insider:
Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda said today that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had never met his Mongolian lover Altantuya Shaariibuu who was brutally murdered two years ago.
He pleaded for the “lies about Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife” to stop.
At a press conference today, he said: “I know Najib and his wife had never met the deceased, Altantuya.”
At today’s press conference, Abdul Razak said that those who have slandered the Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor can “never produce authentic evidence because there is none.”
He said that there was no linkage between the deceased and the submarine deal, which has been the subject of widespread speculation as the motive for the murder of Altantuya.
He said the deal was inked in June 2002 but he had only met the deceased in late 2004.
“I fail to see the connection. These are vicious lies,” he said.
When pressed on who the liars were, he acknowledged that they were bloggers without naming any specific individuals.
Malaysiakini has more of the same HERE. (login required)
I can’t say I’m surprised with this latest turn of events. I’m mighty interested to see the response from blogosphere though, now that Abdul Razak has come straight out to say that everything has been a ‘lie’.
I wonder if Abdul Razak knows anything else other than Najib and Rosmah not being involved. Just wondering, not insinuating anything. 😉
ADDED: Heads-up from anakpakross. The transript for Abdul Razak Baginda’s press conference can be found on the Malaysian Insider HERE.
Yesterday, Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted. The court ruled that the prosecution did not have a prima facie case against Razak Baginda. No case. He was originally accused of abetting the murder of Altantuya.
How long has it been since this case first appeared in court? And after such a long time, the prosecution failed to prove even a prima facie?
The other two, however, have to call defence. The other two are the ones who are accused of actually murdering Altantuya.
I have a few questions though. With Razak Baginda relieved of his charge, but the other two still needing to call defence, we lost a primary factor in the entire case – a motive.
What motive would these policemen have in wanting to murder Altantuya? What spurred them to do so?
At first, it was charged that Razak Baginda gave the orders for the murder, since it was Razak Baginda who had the motive, and the two policemen didn’t know Altantuya.
But now, with Razak Baginda no longer involved in the case, as decided by court yesterday, why did the policemen kill Altantuya?
If we are to go along with the initial story that the policemen killed Altantuya because they were ordered to do so, we have a hole to fill up now. With Razak Baginda out free, who, then, ordered the killing?
Today, when my dad came home from work, his first words to me were:
Ah, Michelle. What is happening to Malaysia now? They really have to start doing something useful. All this sodomy allegation, Altantuya murder allegation. FIrst Bala goes missing, then now the doctor also missing..
Now some people are comparing Malaysia to Myanmar, and even to Zimbabwe! How can the government just let this be?
Do they not care that Malaysia’s image is now down in the dumps?
If the police have enough evidence against Anwar, then just charge him-lah! Enough of dilly-dally. Malaysia cannot afford to continue with this. Whether it is a government conspiracy, or a sandiwara by Anwar, it is the same. Enough means enough. Got evidence, charge. No evidence, then say no evidence!
It was more like his monologue, rather than a conversation, because I never once had a chance to input. He is obviously not happy with the state of affairs that is Malaysia. I bet most of us are not happy too, and it doesn’t even matter which side we’re on.
I guess in a way, it’s not about being meluat or not. It’s just that almost everything has been blown out of proportion, and somehow we have lost sight of what it is that is most important.
I’m not so “illusionised” as to believe that this case is going to be solved in a matter of days. Anwar’s case has grown much too big, and with more and more grey areas mushrooming, it’s starting to look more like a case of X-Files than anything else.
I don’t necessarily like this, but Anwar’s case, I believe, is an important part of where we’re headed. Because there is simply too much at stake, and almost all members of the civil society have their attention on this case, be they for or against Anwar. If Anwar is charged, and subsequently convicted, our direction would be considerably different compared to if the police have no case, and Anwar continues with his political advance.
Malaysia has been dragged through mud. Whatever the outcome of the investigations, and other cases like the Altantuya case (which has international links), we have an uphill task of cleaning Malaysia of the mud and dirt she is being exposed to now.
As I write this, it is now 6pm Malaysian time.
I first found out about the medical report on Saiful which stated that he was never sodomised, on Malaysia-Today this morning, at 4:56am Malaysian time. It has been a 13 hour gap between then and now.
Malaysiakini reported this at approx 1:01pm today. It has been a 5 hour gap since then till now.
Malaysiakini had their news updated at 4:50pm. It has been about an hour’s gap since then till now.
Malaysian Insider had a news article on it at about 4pm. Two hours between then and now.
TheSun has an article updated 5:32pm. Half an hour from then till now.
The Star: nadda
My question is: why?
Malaysiakini has already authenticated the medical report:
A senior Pusrawi official told malaysiakini this morning that the hospital had launched an internal investigation on how Saiful’s medical report was leaked, which is widely considered as a major infringement of patient privacy.
When malaysiakini showed him a copy of the report, he refused to return it saying, “It’s our document.”
Taken from Din Merican’s blog HERE.
What are they afraid of, the people from The Star and NST and Bernama?
Not even Wong Chun Wai’s personal blog carries any such news item.
Have the papers not learnt anything? Don’t they know that speed is something that they cannot lose out on when reporting on items like this?
This is very similar to the time when Balasubramaniam first came out with the first SD, linking Najib to Altantuya. None of the mainstream news portals reported on the issue, until the evening when Najib came out to deny all allegations.
The Star, NST and Bernama all reported on Najib denying the allegations, without reporting on the allegations prior to Najib’s press conference.
Am I to assume that they are not going to report on this at all until and unless Saiful makes a statement? Or until and unless any government official comes out to say that the medical report was fabricated? Or until and unless the IGP comes out to say that he knows nothing of it?
Must there be a denial of sorts from the government before this issue gets reported in the mainstream media?
I hope not. But it’s not looking good for them.
UPDATE: 6:15pm, NST has an article. Go HERE.
According to the report, the police say that whatever is being circulated on the Internet is yet another attempt to sabotage the investigations.
I guess it is true. Mainstream news portals need someone from the government to deny it before they can report on it.
And nor is this looking good for the police and the government.
I have been aptly reminded by several comments left around blogosphere, about something I once wrote when Bala came out with the first SD.
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.
I have to admit, amidst all the cacophony, I have forgotten the most elementary part of the issue. It’s not only about vindicating Anwar. It’s not only about Saiful being un-sodomised.
It’s about how rotten the system has become. It’s about how we could have let it become the way it is. It’s about what we say, what we do, and where we stand from here on.
RPK ended his article with this:
Civil society movements, NGOs and the Malaysian Bar Council must not remain silent.
WE, the rakyat of Malaysia are the civil society. We cannot afford to remain silent anymore.
Lim Teck Ghee, Director of Centre for Policy Initiatives has this to say:
Further attempts at one sided or politically biased and manipulative handling of the case will cause the nation even more grievous damage than what has already been inflicted.
Taken also from Din Merican’s blog HERE.
Comments from Haris’ blog HERE:
This goes beyond Anwar. I think it is what we do as a nation that will matter. What we demand how far we want to go is what matters now. Telling the truth and standing for it at a time of universal deceit is what makes partiot get counted. We will have to demand the best of our nation and it is now. Keeping silent or standing aside is being part of the crimes being commited against our motherland. – Abdul
How are we going to trust our system ever again. I think we all have to stand p and be counted. Inaction rather than opposition is the country’s worst enemy. – arianna
This is beyond me. My reaction to this so far has been: What has Malaysia come to?
Are we being led by leaders who don’t lead? Are we being duped by reporters who don’t report? Are we being silenced by fear and paranoia? Are we being robbed by unfair policies? Are we being stepped on by rubbish politicians? Are we being spat at on the face by the very persons we voted into office?
Are we going to keep silent about all this? Are we going to say “I’ve had enough of this,” and simply turn our cheek? Are we going to slowly kill ourselves by thinking it has nothing to do with us?
Haris had this to say in reply to a comment:
Let this fight for equality reach to the highest heavens, I am up to the task, God-willing.
Question is, are you?
I am too.