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Rakaman video Persatuan Wanita Mongolia minta jibby 47% selesai isu Altantuya…

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on June 8, 2013 by ckchew

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Rakaman video pendedahan Rafizi Ramli tentang syarikat ketua wanita umno flip flop yang gagal menyerahkan penyata kewangan kepada SSM akan tetapi diberi kontrak lumayan oleh jibby Altantuya…

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on January 5, 2013 by ckchew

Rakaman video Isu Altantuya di Parlimen: bn tutup kes Bala tapi dunia kata sebaliknya dalam Wikileak

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on December 17, 2010 by ckchew

In the circumstances, PKR and by extension Pakatan Rakyat must be grateful for small mercies.

There is a silver lining to the clouds that overhang the opposition coalition as a result of the US diplomatic cables exposed by WikiLeaks, a cache of which yields the ‘conclusion’ of assorted intelligence agencies that Anwar Ibrahim was involved in sodomy.

Aside from the sleuthing of the French lawyer Joseph Breham, the issue of the suspected role of Prime Minister Najib Razak in the cover-up of the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder has bobbed like cork in a sea of implication and exoneration.

Following the failure of efforts by lawyers advising private eye P Balasubramaniam to get him charged for perjury by the MACC over contradictory affidavits, it appears that only the pursuit of Breham of the actual story behind the purchase of Scorpene submarines by Malaysia, in which Altantuya was reputedly a go-between, would unearth details that could be ultimately incriminatory to Najib.

But Breham’s chase, though promising, has to contend with the windings of a serpentine French bureaucracy which will take its time to arrive at a conclusion.

Time enough for Malaysian quarries to slough off tainted skins and make a Houdini-like escape?

In the era of the WikiLeaks exposure, such getaways are no longer easy to bring off.

Muddy manipulation

Of course the one-eyed jacks, led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the mainstream media, are exclusively focused on what the leaked cables tell of some spy agencies’ conclusions about Sodomy II.

Such single-frame focus is also no longer wise in the Internet age.

Hence the leaked cables’ disclosure of what some diplomats thought of Najib’s predicament with regard to Altantuya’s murder has catapulted into public reckoning an issue that has waxed and waned like the tides.

Don’t put it past the scope of Mahathir’s machinations that he is actually concentrating on what the cables say about Anwar in order to invite counter-fire on what the leaks tell of Najib’s situation.

That way this adept at the art of muddy manipulation gets to gain his double objective: baulking the Anwar-led Pakatan even as he stymies Najib and opens the way for Muhyiddin Yassin.

In such a scenario, Pakatan cannot be said to be the loser.

Muhyiddin, an avatar of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, is easier to beat than vacillating reformer Najib.

TERENCE NETTO/Mkini

Ghost of Altantuya & Bala return’s: Private eye Bala’s reply handed to MACC

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on July 22, 2010 by ckchew

Private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s reply to a list of questions to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been submitted today, in the form of a statutory declaration.

Americk Singh Sidhu , who arrived at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya this afternoon, said they will also be consulting the MACC on whether the information can be divulged to the public.

This was necessary as the questions, that were sent to Balasubramaniam in London two weeks ago, were marked as secrets.

“As you can see, it (answers) has been all notarised in London by a notary public, but let’s see what happens first,” he said, showing a thick volume of documents.

‘Pleasantly surprised’ by cooperation

After the meeting, Americk said they were “pleasantly surprised” by the MACC’s cooperation in the case.

He said the investigating officers, led by Abdul Rahman Bachok, had given an assurance that the commission is working towards completing their investigations as soon as possible.

“We had a very pleasant meeting inside, we gave them all the documents and they acknowledged receipt, and they seem quite keen to ensure that the investigations are completed as fast as possible.

“All of us were quite pleasantly surprised with the cooperation that appears to be forthcoming from the MACC, so let’s hope something is done,” said Americk.

The SD contained answers to a total of 52 questions from the MACC, plus additional information on the various alleged payments made to Bala.

Americk however did not specify what alleged payments his client was referring to.

He said it took Bala three days in London to finish answering all 52 questions.

“We were told that they were done with the other witnesses and Bala was the last witness… So hopefully something will come out of it now.”

Americk noted however that while there is no obvious restriction to release Bala’s answers publicly, they see no reason to reveal the contents of his SD “at this moment”.

“I think it is best to let the MACC conclude the investigations.”

He said they do not expect to be recalled, though he did not discount the possibility that the MACC may want to seek further clarification after going through Bala’s answers.

Answers ‘not intended to be admissible’

Americk stressed that Bala’s latest SD is not intended to be admissible in court, but to help in the commission’s investigations.

He added that they will not jump the gun by assuming that this case will be taken to court.

“We are assuming too much at the moment. First of all they have to make a decision, whether or not there will be a prosecution.

“And if so, who to prosecute? Unless we get to that stage first, it is a secondary issue, who they call as witnesses,” said Americk.

When asked if Bala would come back to Malaysia, Americk said he is more than willing, provided his safety is guaranteed.

“Basically his family and he are protected, so that he doesn’t receive future threats,” he said when asked to elaborate.

“That’s understandable. He’s very apprehensive about being here at the moment and that’s why he’s in India.”

Break-in ‘unusual’

Meanwhile, senior counsel Manjeet Singh Dhillon said police made a sweep of his house and recovered fingerprints while investigating the recent break-in at his house.

He commended the job by the police forensics team who also found a cigarette and DNA evidence.

Manjeet, who returned from London where he was advising Bala on the MACC’s initial plan to interview him there, said he would not make any assumptions that the break-in was linked to his involvement in Bala’s case.

He however, noted that the timing was ‘unusual’.

“When I went to Singapore, they threw a Molotov cocktail. When I went to London, my house was broken into.

“So when you put all these things together, it’s unusual,” he said.

Joseph Sipalan/Mkini

Bala reveals what he told the French

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on July 15, 2010 by ckchew

Controversial private eye P Balasubramaniam said that he was quizzed for three hours on Monday by French prosecutor M Ryckewaert at the Centrale de la Police Judiciare in Paris.

This was followed by a two-hour meeting the day after with a team of French lawyers led by Joseph Breham, who were hired by human rights group Suaram to bring up the case in the French courts.

According to Balasubramaniam, he told the French what he knew regarding the alleged Paris meeting between Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda – who had hired the private investigator to keep an eye on Altantuya before she was murdered in 2006.

He was also asked on the payments made by Razak Baginda to Altantuya and the purchase of an apartment in Mongolia by the political analyst for his ex-lover.

Balasubramaniam also explained the role played by Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, his brother, Nazim Abdul Razak and businessman Deepak Jaikishan in getting him to change his statutory declaration, which led to his self-imposed exile in India.

The private investigator also gave information on the two Special Action Forces personnel – chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar – who last year were convicted of killing Altantuya.

Balasubramian was also questioned on the alleged French individuals involved in the multi-billion ringgit submarine deal and the details given by Altantuya of payments made by the French to Perimekar Sdn Bhd, the company owned by Abdul Razak’s wife Mazlinda Mahmood.

Two Malaysian names cropped up during the questioning – Major Rahim and Abdul Rahim Saad. However, no details were revealed on who they were and what role they played in the scandal.

The Parisians are investigation whether commissions have been paid in the RM3.7 billion deal between the Malaysian government and French-based defence company DCNS, which is illegal under the French law.

Bala’s press statement

Below is the statement released by Balasubramaniam on what he told the French investigators.

He was quizzed by them alone as the private eye’s lawyer, Manjeet Singh Dhillon, was not allowed to accompany him.

Place of interview: Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciare DNIF, Nanterre, Paris. Interviewed by M Ryckewaert assisted by an English interpreter and another officer. Interview conducted in French through the English interpreter.

Observation: The French investigator appeared to be very familiar with the events in
Malaysia relating to the Altantuya murder. The interview however centred on the Scorpene submarine deal and the alleged commission paid in connection with that.

The following were the areas covered in the interview.

1) My background [including date and place of birth] and my occupation from the time I was with the Malaysian police to time when I became a private investigator in 1998.

2) The validity of my PI (private investigator) licence.

3) The whole story as to how I was recruited to do a job for Razak Baginda and my interview before the job done by Dhirren Norendra, a lawyer practicing in Kuala Lumpur. I was questioned about the scope of my assignment, the target and objectives of my assignment.

4) The background to the Altantuya murder. I briefed them on the events leading up to and after the murder and also told them to read my first SD (statutory declaration) and the Singapore interview. Also the identity of the two police officers convicted of the murder, who they worked for as well as the identity of the various other people identified as being about when Altantunya disappeared and their link to Razak Baginda and/or the PM (prime minister).

5) Razak Baginda’s relationship with our present PM, the information and events narrated to me by Razak Baginda including the SMS sent by the PM to Razak Baginda at the point of his arrest for the murder of Altantuya.

6) The Malaysian company, Perimekar, its ownership, and link to Razak Baginda and his wife. Also nature of business undertaken by Perimeker. I told them of the presence of army equipment in Razak Baginda’s office. Information concerning Razak Baginda and his present whereabouts.

7) Financial payments by Razak Baginda to Altantuya, including the three US$5,000 payments by Baginda to Altantuya, which included a penalty of US$1,000 because of late banking in. Also the purchase by Razak Baginda of an apartment in Mongolia for Altantuya. Also the background to US$500,000 payment demanded by Altantuya, how it arose, its link to the Scorpene submarine deal, Altanunya’s involvement in the negotiations, and admission and confirmation by Razak Baginda that he should have paid Altantuya the money.

8) How Rosmah Mansor teamed up with Deepak to exile me from Malaysia, the threats to my family after I signed the first SD as well as the involvement of the PM’s brother in the events that led to the second SD and my being smuggled out of Malaysia and asked to stay away till Najib Razak became PM.

9) I was asked to retrace the events in Rawang coffee house where Deepak, Dinesh and ASP Suresh were present.

10) The length and time I have in exile.

11) Details concerning Altantuya’s cousin, Ammy, who had knowledge of the Paris dinner where the PM and Razak Baginda were present with Altantuya.

12) The identity of the French individuals involved in the Scorpene deal.

13) My knowledge of any payments by the French to Perimekar and information given to me by Altantuya that her US$500,000 was because of the successful deal concerning the Scorpene submarine transaction.

14) The identity, background and involvement of two Malaysians identified as Major Rahim and Abdul Rahim Saad.

15) Altantuya’s family background.

16) My links with Suaram, if any.

17) The need for justice to be served for the Altantuya murder and the truth to be told concerning the Scorpene deal.

I signed the statement that the French officer recorded.

Balasubramaniam also said that he met with Breham, the French lawyer acting for Suaram, on July 13 at 10 am at his office at Cabinet Bourdon-Voituriez-Burget, 156 Rue e Rivoli, Paris.

Hafiz Yatim/Mkini

Ghost of Mongolian model continues to haunt Malaysian government: Shaariibuu’s ghost will get justice in Paris rather than Kuala Lumpur

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on July 8, 2010 by ckchew

By Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

The ghost of murdered Mongolian model and translator Altantuya Shaariibuu refuses to lie quiet.

For the Malaysian government of prime minister Najib Tun Razak a line appeared to have been drawn under the sordid and politically explosive affair when two of his bodyguards from his days as defence minister were convicted last year of the young woman’s murder in the jungle outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006.

But in the last few weeks two events have revived simmering questions about the connection of the murder to a $1.2 billion contract to buy two French Scorpene-class diesel submarines ordered while Najib was defence minister.

Najib’s friend and adviser on defence matters, Abdul Razak Baginda, whose wife’s company was paid a questionable $150 million over the submarine contract, had recently brought a love affair with Shaariibuu to an acrimonious end when she was abducted and murdered.

During the months’ long trial of the two police bodyguards every effort was made to ensure prime minister Najib’s name didn’t figure in evidence.

And in a move that astonished legal experts, the judge early on in the trial exonerated Baginda of any responsibility. He promptly fled to Britain where he remains.

The stage management of the trial convinced Malaysian human rights groups that it would be pointless to try to resolve the Shaariibuu case in the senior courts in Kuala Lumpur.

One of those Malaysian human rights groups, Suaram, has therefore pressed for a judicial inquiry in France, where there are a number of investigations underway of the notorious willingness of state-owned defence companies to pay bribes or other inducements in order to gain arms contracts.

In this case Parisian prosecutors started inquiries in March focusing on the $150 million paid to a Malaysian company called Perimekar, which was set up just before Najib signed in 2002 the deal to buy the two Scorpene submarines from the French state-owned shipbuilder DCN.

Perimekar was ostensibly hired to provide “coordination and support services” for the contract, but no evidence has been produced to show the company had the skills for such tasks or ever attempted to perform them.

Perimekar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a company called KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd., whose principal shareholder is lawyer Mazalinda Baginda, the wife of prime minister Najib’s friend and adviser Razak Baginda.

Shaariibuu, 28 at the time of her death, had learned French when she was a model in Paris and there is evidence she acted as translator for her paramour Baginda during his negotiations with DCN over the submarines on behalf of Najib and the Malaysian government.

Malaysian authorities have responded to the move by French prosecutors to investigate DCN and particularly its submarine-manufacturing subsidiary Armaris, for possible corruption and paying kickbacks by insisting nothing is wrong.

A spokesman for prime minister Najib said recently the French prosecutors have the right to investigate, “but for us, there is no case to answer.” He added that the deal was entirely free of corruption.

Exactly why Shaariibuu was murdered by Najib’s bodyguards has never been entirely resolved, despite the long trial and 45 witnesses.

By some accounts, after Baginda jilted her, the young woman and a friend launched several noisy demonstrations outside Baginda’s house.

Baginda reportedly went to Najib’s chief of staff, Musa Safri, and asked for help in keeping the young woman away from his home.

As a result, the two police bodyguards, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, abducted Shaariibuu during one of her demonstrations, took her to the jungle outside the capital and shot her.

But they then used military C4 explosives to blow up the body in an apparent attempt to foil identification, though this act has, of course, led to speculation that Shaariibuu was pregnant.

But in a letter written by Shaariibuu and discovered after her death -a letter never produced in evidence -she indicated she was trying to blackmail Baginda for $500,000 to keep quiet about the details of the $150 million paid to his wife’s company, Perimekar.

There have also been suggestions that Shaariibuu knew details of the many other arms purchases made in the military equipment buildup overseen by Najib while he was defence minister from 2002 to 2008.

These deals include the purchase of Sukhoi supersonic fighter jet aircraft from Russia and of a small fleet of coastal defence vessels.

As well as Malaysian human rights organizations, Shaariibuu’s parents have been adamant that there has been no real justice for their murdered daughter.

With the stage-managed criminal trial now done, Shaariibuu’s father and mother have tried to bring a civil suit seeking compensation for her death against Baginda and the two convicted policemen.

In a strange move, Malaysia’s High Court in March ordered the family to make a security deposit of the equivalent of $20,000 for the case to be heard by the Court of Appeal and potentially to continue to the Federal Court.

The family was distraught, saying it could not raise such a sum.

But last week The Mongolian government announced it will put up the security bond demanded by the Malaysian court so the case can be heard, though at this point it seems more likely that Shaariibuu’s ghost will get justice in Paris rather than Kuala Lumpur.

Deepak, Rosmah ‘sponsored’ my London trip, quips Bala: U are trapped!, Are u happy now, zahrain gemuk? Nak buat boss besar happy, tapi kena penumbuk kat muka sendiri

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on July 1, 2010 by ckchew

Private investigator P Balasubramaniam said the money used to pay for his trip to London for the aborted meeting with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) came from carpet businessman Deepak Jaikishan and the premier’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Balasubramaniam’s lawyer, Americk Singh Sidhu, said he had been instructed by his client to respond to independent Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohamed Hashim’s press conference in Parliament yesterday.

Zahrain had yesterday demanded MACC to investigate the individual involved in sponsoring Balasubramaniam’s flight and stay in London.

In a cheeky response, Americk said that Balasubramaniam fully supports Zahrain’s suggestion.

“This is for the simple reason the money he is using to pay for his trip to London and his hotel accommodation there is derived from the funds he has received from Deepak at the behest of Rosmah, who ultimately and unwittingly is the sponsor,” said the lawyer in a statement.

As such, MACC should investigate the duo.

Bala went missing after retracting his first statutory declaration (SD) in July 2008.

Then he alleged the involvement of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s younger brother, Nazim, and Deepak in enticing him to retract the SD.

MACC’s sudden reversal

Balasubramaniam’s first SD states that it was Najib who had introduced Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu to his confidante and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

Balasubramaniam, who was due to leave for London today from an undisclosed location, was to be interviewed by MACC on Monday to facilitate its investigations on Nazim and Deepak’s role.

However, MACC deputy commissioner Mohd Sukri Abdull, in a dramatic about-turn, announced yesterday it would abort the trip but would instead send a set of questions to Balasubramaniam’s lawyer for the answers to be replied in an affidavit.

Americk has since lambasted the MACC for its contradictory stand and for not being serious in conducting the interview.

Mkini