‘I am very amazed that Pak Lah does not even need to conduct any investigation over RPK’s allegation before coming to conclusion that Najib and his wife are not involved.’
CH Siew: I am very amazed that Pak Lah does not even need to conduct any investigation over the allegation before coming to conclusion that Najib and his wife are not involved in this scandal. He is so quick to know that the allegation is not true and pin point the source of the problem as RPK.
I really admire his ‘improvements’ in handling the matters because it shows the effectiveness of having a parliament of multiple representations. While I applaud the improvements, I can't help but wonder how he did it?
Was there any information that he had prior to this RPK revelation? Is he trying to cover up the whole thing? How does he know Najib and Rosmah are not involved?
This revelation from a third party as such will cause more harm to Pak Lah than any benefit which I suspect is the reason for such drastic action to cover it up.
It seems that his scheme is backfiring on him. The more he denies such allegations, the more it shows that there is something fishy about the whole issue.
Vijay Kumar Murugavell: If it were me, I would make a police report and not use the attorney- general as an errand boy. The next thing I would do is sue for defamation - that would be the reaction of an innocent person wrongfully accused.
More so if the accuser has a gall to risk two years imprisonment for giving a false declaration.
Based on his (Najib’s) propensity to deny, lack of visible anger and operating from a distance while the AG and police seemingly do his bidding, I would wager that many do not see his denial as sincere.
In fact he appears cool and calculative - which reminds me of this quote: ‘Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning’. (Charles Tremper)
Ibrahim Musa K: This is a very serious matter. Who is to be believed, Pak Lah the premier or Raja Petra the blogger?
Pak Lah categorically asserts that Najib’s wife was not involved in Altantuya’s murder, yet Raja Petra vowed that she was at the scene when the killing took place.
What Pak Lah said could mean that Najib’s wife was not involved in the plot of the murder, but it did not rule out the fact that she was a bystander to the heinous crime (as in Raja Petra’s statutory declaration). This itself would have made her a pivotal witness in court.
Granted whether Raja Petra is trustworthy, the implication of his words would be far and wide if not extraordinary critical to the already chaotic national political scene. It casts an eerie dark shadow that may completely destroy the integrity of the nation’s imminent would-be premier.
Ahmad Kamal: In any case, I think Petra - if he should be detained at all as an accused - should not be detained under any preventive detention law. He should have a very good day in open court as an alleged accused or an important witness.
I hope there are enough of us out there to see that justice is done and be seen to be done.
Ko-han Wai: I must say, Raja Petra have some guts signing a statutory declaration (and paying RM4 for the endorsement too..heheh!) on new info in the Altantuya (may she rest in peace) murder case.
Our country needs more people like this. Kudos and salutations to him. However, in this case - again - it is the case of the whistle-blower getting the end of the stick/rod. Insults and threats of jail time are hurled towards Raja Petra.
And still the BN wonders why most of the public voted against them last March. Well, so much for the Whistle-blowers Act proposed by that someone (don't need to say who) in the PM's department.
The act will most probably contain a whole lot of nonsensical procedures against the whistle-blower just to keep them away.
Puzzled: If parties implicated in statutory declaration made by Raja Petra Kamarudin claim that allegations directed at them are garbage and fabricated, then they themselves should sue Raja Petra Kamaruddin for defamation.
Just giving statements to the authorities would not convinced the public on their innocence.
Dorai Dubai: Tun, You said that Kit Siang and Raja Petra’s allegations are merely political agendas. If this is true, then what is your agenda in criticising the PM? Do you have your own political agenda?
Yes, I agree with you, ‘hearsay is not an evidence’. If this is so, how did you (Tun) analyse De Anwar’s sodomy case? Did you witness it too?
Tun, you have also reacted based on some hearsay.
Garry Khoo: The ex-health minister sex video tape was also a political ploy, but it's a fact and he has proved to us that if anybody does something wrong, he or she must bear the consequences.
I think Najib should prove to us he is innocent. And I urge him to prove it as soon as possible in order not to affect Malaysia’s economy.
Pak Lah said he is innocent but that doesn't mean all the rakyat will accept this especially at this moment. The rakyat really cannot trust what he says anymore. So Yang Berhormat DPM Najib, please get yourself out from these allegations as soon as possible for Malaysia’s good.
CH Ong: When this 'devil incarnate' was deputy prime minister under Hussein Onn, there were news reports that he wanted to push back to sea those Vietnamese refugees who were already in our refugees camps and also other reports that he threatened to shoot on sight new refugee arrivals.
After the 'devil incarnate' became prime minister he somehow became 'compassionate' and did not carry out his earlier wish to shoot new refugee arrivals.
In any case only a 'devil incarnate' can even think of shooting those refugees. However there were reports that he gave instructions to push new refugee arrivals back to sea where many were to perish.
When there were still many refugees left in our camps who could not be relocated the international press then reported that the 'devil incarnate' described such refugees as 'scum'.
Yet the same 'devil incarnate' allowed so many illegal Muslim Indonesians and Muslim Filipinos to settle in Malaysia.
Judge Ian Chin certainly described this 'devil incarnate' correctly.
Ahmad Kamal: The 'devil incarnate' association is an oft-mentioned description of Dr M when he was PM during the reformasi days. You see that on the Internet and heard it on the streets during reformasi demos.
I remember that I had met senior lawyers who were so afraid of Dr M in those dark days that they opposed the Bar Council's action to hold an EGM on the grounds that the best recourse would be to just whisper to Dr M about an independent commission (for appointment of judges) as that would get his attention rather than lauding it in the public space.
People forget about the ills of patronage as opposed to transparency. That is the worst legacy for democracy and protection of rights in Malaysia.
And Ian Chin rightly observed Dr M's tactics of making others shrink in fright and do his bidding - the many skeletons he has collected to hold them ransom.
There were quickie liaisons with singing starlets with Sharia court files confiscated and Sharia judges transferred (for Muslims in Umno) and others which I am sure Malaysians have notes of and abiding time to disclose.
WitsO: He is amoral, does not understands what is the truth, is totally ego-enslaved, absolutely self-righteous and a most unfair person pretending to be fair. But why blame him alone?
It is also the Umno racist womb that nourished his propensity and messed up the consciousness and psyche of the country. When unjust elites rule, only the ‘small men’ will be advanced while the pool of good men from all race are sidelined.
Perversity gets extolled beneath the plastic surface of 'image'.
Jonathan Deadrock: Reading about this boot camp for judges really intrigues me. I remember during my first year in university, a group of us (18 and 19-year-olds) selected randomly had to attend what was called ‘Kem Bina Negara’.
It was held at an army camp in Kedah. The duration was for about a week. Besides the group activities and outdoor sports such as abseiling etc, I recall having several classroom sessions.
I must admit I do not remember every detail of what transpired in those classroom sessions but two points which remain clear in my mind are as follows:
The first was a recent statement by one of the ministers or politicians at that time calling for a review of the special privileges for Malays (the bumiputera). It was read out and our reactions were solicited.
We were then finally told that the non-Malays should never question the special rights and privileges of the Malays and should instead just work harder to achieve their goals.
The second point was brought up when we were discussing the internal and external threats to Malaysia. This was in the year 2000 and the shockwaves from the 1999 elections were still reverberating.
PKR had been recently formed and at that time had a substantially large support base. It was therefore rather ironic (or not actually) that one of the main internal threats to the security of Malaysia was ‘the emergence of new political parties’.
I think it is clear what the underlying purpose of such boot camps is. Now that this judge has brought up the matter, I wonder how many other such boot camps exist.
Meng: JJ Ray’s article is good. However, calling on the old doctor to wise up or change is next to impossible. The scary thing is that this man actually believes what he says.
As he speaks and makes denials, it seems he truly believes his innocence and he is unable to see any shor comings in the way he ran this country with his iron fist. He is unable to see that Malaysia today is freer and has more space for dissenting views and opposition.
He had little accountability and possibly, only his close comrades knew his actions and his style of governing. The truth is for whatever he has said, I have always believed that this man is a racist.