Sunday, April 17, 2011

Raja Petra’s admission ‘exposes the chief conspirator’

“We have asked the police to investigate the individuals named and to take stern action against them if the allegations are found to be true,”

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Petra Kamaruddin's admission that an attempt was made to implicate the Prime Minister and his wife in Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder has exposed the “chief conspirator,” saidDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's former aide Anuar Shaari.

Anuar, the PKR adviser's former secretary, said it was clear who actually conspired to implicate Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in the murder.

“Raja Petra has exposed the individuals associated with an Opposition leader said to be behind the conspiracy to prevent Najib from becoming the Prime Minister,” he told Bernama.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua, meanwhile, cautioned Barisan Nasional against trusting Raja Petra, saying the blogger was capable of making an about-turn in a matter of hours.

“If I were from Barisan, I wouldn't trust him,” said Chua, who claimed Raja Petra might make another about-turn in the next few days or weeks.

Another PKR vice-president, N. Surendran, shrugged off Raja Petra's explanation as “not important and carries little weight.”

He said the SD must be read and interpreted for its content, and subsequent television interviews have no bearing on either its content or veracity unless there was evidence of duress.

“This is not the case here,” he said.

In a related development, a Malay rights group lodged a police report on the matter.

Jaringan Melayu Malaysia called for an immediate investigation into the blogger's allegations.

“We have asked the police to investigate the individuals named and to take stern action against them if the allegations are found to be true,” said its deputy president Omar Salleh, after lodging the report at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday.

He said the individuals had made defamatory allegations against the Prime Minister, and it was the responsibility of the police to find out their “true agenda.”