It’s on the 8 p.m. TV news right as I first type this.
Malaysiakini still doesn’t have it yet; the latest news is that Najib again denies links with Altantuya at 7.23pm. (They should hire me, I’d be online AAAAALLLLLLL the time to do this!)
From STAR sms updates:
Statutory declaration by PI P. Balasubramaniam is just to divert public attention from sodomy allegations against Anwar Ibrahim, says Najib
So Najib also dismisses it as a heinous lie made as ‘a very desperate attempt’ by Anwar. Though Anwar seems to be the one in control today, while Najib looks quite nervous on TV.
More info and links follow, but be sure to check the Comments at bottom of this post for personal testimonies of what people saw and heard on national television.
Via Anilnetto, a link to the NST report reveals this:
Najib counters Bala’s SD as ‘malicious lies’
DEWAN RAKYAT, July 3, 2008:
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said allegations that he knew and had met murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu made in a statutory declaration by private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, were malicious lies aimed at smearing his image. Following this latest development, Najib reiterated what he had said earlier, that he never knew the woman or had ever met her.
“I am very sure this action is a desperate move by Anwar Ibrahim to divert attention from the sodomy allegation he is facing,” he told a press conference that was attended by scores of journalists at his office in Parliament here today.
Najib said what was important now was not issues raised as a diversion but the people wanted to know whether the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor (Anwar) had committed the offence (sodomy) as alleged.
“I hope the concerned parties will investigate the matter fully and make the findings public as soon as possible.” he said.
On the statutory declaration, Najib said because it conflicted with Balasubramaniam’s testimony in court (in Altantuya’s murder trial) and the statement given by him in his police report, he would leave it to the proper authorities to investigate the matter.
“The responsible parties must be ready to face the consequences if it is found laws had been broken,” he said.
Asked whether he would be making a police report against Balasubramaniam or take legal action against him, Najib said he left it to the police to take action.
Asked if he would describe this revelation as a personal attack on him by Anwar, Najib said: “The question is why it surfaces now, after the sodomy complaint was made (against Anwar). Suddenly everyone has come under attack, the Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Musa Hassan), Attorney-General (Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail), I, why now?”.
“But we cannot get sidetracked from the issue at hand, that is whether the sodomy happened or not …this is what we want to know,” he said.
Anwar yesterday lodged a police report at the Selangor police headquarters alleging Musa and Abdul Gani had concealed facts and fabricated evidence in the case involving the physical assault on him by former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor on Sept 20 1998.
A male aide of Anwar, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, on Saturday lodged a police report at the Jalan Travers police station here alleging that he had been sodomised by the former deputy prime minister at a condominium in Bukit Damansara in the city on Thursday.
Asked why he felt that Anwar was using the case to launch this attack against him, Najib said he was not sure.
“I do not know…maybe he thinks I am behind this boy (Mohd Saiful )but the truth is there is no conspiracy. Mohd Saiful came to see me alleging that he had been sodomised by Anwar,” he said.
The private investigator made available copies of his statutory declaration to the media at a press conference held at the PKR’s head office in Petaling Jaya near here today. Anwar was present at it.
Najib said when he was first told about the sodomy matter, he was not too sure whether it was true and preferred it to handled by the police.
Meanwhile, Najib also denied that he had any sexual relationship with Altantuya nor did he conspire to cover up her murder as alleged by Balasubramaniam in his statutory
“No, absolutely not, because I have never ever met her at all,” he said, admitting that he could take legal action (against those involved) but preferred to let the authorities handle the matter.
“What is more important is action is taken against the person because there are other definitions under the law like criminal defamation and such,” he said.
Asked if he felt the AG and IGP should not involve themselves in the investigation of this case as their names are also mentioned, Najib said: “Only if it concerned their own personal position, but they are still heads of the respective enforcement organisation and they must continue with their work”
“I am very relax about it, as you can see I am still smiling, I am not worried because the truth will prevail. I believe in the system, I believe that I have not done anything wrong, I have nothing to be worried about…life goes on as usual and as far as I am concern it is business as usual,” he said.
On whether he is willing to submit himself should there be futher investigation on the case, Najib, instead, posted back a question to the reporter, asking him to give one good reason of why should he be investigated.
The police has investigated the entire Altantuya case so they know everything, he said.
At the end of the press conference, Najib also questioned Anwar’s motive to raised the issue now, adding that if Anwar is genuinely concern about the murder case, he should have brought up the issue much earlier.
In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he did not want to comment on the latest allegations.
“I do not want to comment on this. All this talk is subjudice. This case is already in court,” he said.
However, Abdullah said Najib had indicated to him that he would be seeking advice from the attorney-general on the matter.
Najib asks, “Why should I be investigated?” Susan Loone tells us why.
Meanwhile, as reported via Star sms alert and as blogged by Rocky Bru quoting the Star, Nuraina A Samad quoting Bernama, and Nur Aflah quoting Malaysiakini… How does a little aide get an audience with the second biggest shot in Malaysia to ask for help regarding the sodomy case, in his house nonetheless?
Najib, of course, already denied any links to Saiful.
If you were away on holiday and now are totally blur on what’s happening, Najib is all the while referring to Anwar’s statement saying Najib had SEX with Altantuya then had her MURDERED to shut her up.
As you can see above, Najib’s counter-allegation is that Anwar is just making this whole thing up to distract from Anwar’s own sodomy allegation controversy.
This is like the exact opposite of Theory #1 of the Seven Conspiracy Theories of the Anwar Sodomy Allegations, which says that the sodomy hoo-hah is itself concocted to divert the public away from the statutory declaration against his wife involving Altantuya!
But it fits in perfectly with Theory #2, which says that Anwar is behind the sodomy allegations against himself. Using the public sympathy momentum from the sodomy allegations, Anwar now swings it around, adds the weight of a police report alleging misconduct against him during the previous round of sodomy allegations, and launches it all right in the face of Najib and co!
Najib even wonders in front of the press and cameras ‘Why are all these attacks on me, wife, police happening at the same time’?
Conspiracies and counter-conspiracies and counter-counter conspiracies…