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Monday, May 18, 2015

Najib’s question regarding Altantuya is relevant


Salleh Said Keruak




Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak posed a very relevant question yesterday when he asked why only now does Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad raise the matter of the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu? Why did he remain silent for the last eight years and not speak up earlier?

The manner in which Dr Mahathir raised this matter is to insinuate that there are still many unanswered questions behind the murder that need to be answered and that if they were then this would implicate Najib in the murder.

This was the ‘picture’ that Dr Mahathir was trying to paint and is a very mischievous move aimed at creating doubts against the Prime Minister.

The photograph showing the Prime Minister in Paris with Altantuya has now been proven to be a fake. Even the person who fabricated that photograph has admitted that it was doctored and meant more as a joke.

Suaram then lodged a complaint with the French authorities and the French court ordered the French police to launch an investigation. Many witnesses were summoned to Paris for their testimony to be recorded.

The French police then compiled a report that ran into hundreds of pages and submitted it to the court. One of the crucial points in that report was that Altantuya never entered France at any time and neither had Najib during that crucial period.

The French submarine supplier then confirmed that it conducted all its business in Malaysia and not in France. Furthermore, all its officers spoke excellent English, as do their Malaysian counterparts, so there was no reason for a translator as had been alleged.

Anyway, the business had been conducted and concluded long before the period when Altantuya was supposed to have come onto the scene. Hence the story that she was the translator in the negotiations is a myth that has been proven false by the French police.

These are facts that probably Dr Mahathir is not aware of because his comments are based on what the opposition is saying. And the French police report to the court has proven all these stories to be false.

If Dr Mahathir wants to criticise the Prime Minister that is certainly his prerogative but his criticism has to be responsible and based on facts and not myths that have since all been proven false.

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