Kit Siang: Najib, answer Bala’s claims

The prime minister should stop trying to ignore allegations of his involvement in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu, said veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang today.

This is especially after the reappearance of private investigator P Balasubramaniam and Malaysiakini‘s interview with his lawyer, Americk Singh Sidhu, which linked the premier to the murder.

Lim said, in a statement, that the prime minister’s denial would “gravely impair the credibility, integrity and legitimacy of (his) office and the key national institutions in Malaysia”.

It is also imperative for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to respond, if he really wants to “tell the Malaysian story”, as mentioned during his recent visit to New York, added Lim.

He was referring to Najib’s remarks in New York that Malaysia’s message of reforms and transformation must be told to foreign investors if Malaysia is to avoid being overshadowed by countries like China.

Lim, who is also Ipoh Timur MP, added that the prime minister’s tendency to ignore “damaging disclosures” only further undermines the nation’s competitiveness.

“Najib should allow the true Malaysian story to be told to Malaysians first or (its) credibility to global investors…would come under a great discount,” he said.

If the prime minister does not practice full-disclosure, he added, the global investors will continue to take “true Malaysian story” with “more than a pinch of salt”.

Drop in global competitiveness

Malaysia has in the past three months slipped in competitiveness rankings, dropping three spots in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2009-2010 and two places in World Bank’s Doing Business 2010: Reforming Through Difficult Times.

The worst, Lim said, was the Transparency International’s corruption perception index 2009, which ranked Malaysia at 56th place from last year’s 47, making the slide the worst in 15 years.

Such poor performance, he said, was evidence that global investors were “privy to the true Malaysian story” even if the prime minister continues to avoid the matter.

Private eye Balasubramaniam had recently said that he was whisked out of the country by people close to Najib after forcing him to recant his statutory declaration which had implicated the premier and his wife to Altantuya’s death.

He said that he was offered RM5 million by a go-between who was allegedly close to Rosmah. He also said that he had met with Najib’s younger brother on the day before his second statutory declaration which absolved Najib and Rosmah was released.

Balasubramaniam’s lawyer Americk Singh told Malaysiakini that he had no reason to disbelieve Balasubramaniam as he had seen all the evidence. Mkini

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