‘Sue or we stage mock funeral for Altantuya’
A PKR leader has challenged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to sue all the international media groups that linked him to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu or face a mammoth nationwide mock funeral procession for the slain Mongolian national.
In issuing the ultimatum at a public forum in Penang last night, PKR supreme council member Badrul Hisham set nomination day for the Penanti by-election (May 23) as the dateline for Najib to file his suits against the media groups across the globe.
“If he has nothing to do with the murder, Najib should immediately sue those international newspapers, some 19 of them, that linked him to the gruesome killing,” he said.
Badrul, the PKR Rembau division chief, told this to some 1,000 people in a hard-hitting speech during the forum held at a municipal wet market complex in Bayan Baru.
If Najib failed to meet the dateline, Badrul, commonly known as “Chegu Bard”, warned that he will lead a mammoth convoy of cars and trucks carrying a coffin of Altantuya’s effigy from Rembau to Penanti during the by-election campaign.
PKR national election machinery director and Manchang parliamentarian Saifuddin Nasution, local assemblypersons Abdul Malik Kassim (Batu Maung), Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak) and V Raventhiran (Batu Uban) also spoke at the forum organised by PKR Bayan Baru division’s Youth wing.
‘Remote controlled by Dr M’
Meanwhile, an enveloped package, containing translated copies of foreign newspaper reports on the Altantuya murder, and a book and a video compact disc on an alleged assault crime committed by Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Zahid Hamidi enjoyed brisk sales at the forum.
Within minutes after Badrul introduced the RM10 package, which had Altantuya’s photograph on the cover, some 1,000 envelopes were sold like hot cakes.
The package is set for brisk sales during the Penanti by-election campaign period.
Badrul said he could not help but take a swipe at Najib over the Altantuya episode for it involved the image, reputation and pride of the country’s prime minister.
“When the prime minister is implicated in such a crime, the country is at risk of being controlled by the foreign powers. We risk international condemnation,” said Badrul.
In his speech, Saifuddin called on the government to explain the reasons behind the lack of congratulatory messages from governments around the world for Najib’s appointment as the country’s sixth prime minister.
“Is it because of the (Altantuya’s) articles that appeared in 19 international newspapers?” he asked.
He said although Najib was against Umno contesting the Penanti by-election, the party would eventually field a candidate because “the prime minister is just a puppet of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.”
Since Mahathir wanted Umno to challenge PKR in Penanti, he said Najib would follow orders because “the former premier is the remote controller of the current premier.”
“Najib does not have the backbone to stand up against his old master. This is dangerous because it would revive Mahathirism and send Malaysia back to the dark ages,” he said.
Athi Veeranggan, Mkini