May 6, 2009 – 9:16 am

Malaysian opposition leader Lim Kit Siang asks: “Will Tsu Koon, Tee Keat or any other Barisan Nasional (National Front) Minister dare to raise in Cabinet the swirling serious allegations about [prime minister] Najib’s involvement in the Altantunya C4 murder case, in particular RPK’s latest blog?” See the sidebar below for more.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin [RPK] has made more revelations about the Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu C4 murder case which calls for a response from an administration which claims to be committed to accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance.

In his latest blog, Raja Petra mentioned names, including Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, former Cabinet Minister and confidante of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak; Lt. Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin, the number two in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence; as well as other information which will add grist to the swirling serious allegations about the involvement of Najib to the Altantunya murder case.

Whether true or otherwise, and regardless of whether Raja Petra has become a fugitive from the courts, the net result of Raja Petra’s latest blog is that even more questions will be raised about the swirling, haunting and hounding allegations about Najib’s involvement in the Altantuya murder case.

This is completely unhelpful to Najib in establishing his credibility, integrity and legitimacy as the country’s Prime Minister, whether among Malaysians or the world.
These swirling serious allegations haunting and hounding Najib and his admistration concerning the Altantuya C4 murder case cannot be avoided and must be addressed frontally.

Will the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for the integrity and KPI of Ministers and Gerakan President, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, the Transport Minister and MCA Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, or any other Barisan Nasional Minister dare to raise in the Cabinet tomorrow the swirling, haunting and hounding allegations about Najib’s involvement in the Altantunya C4 murder case, in particular Raja Petra’s latest blog, so that it could be an official item of Cabinet agenda?

A special Cabinet meeting should be convened just to discuss this one issue, to consider what is the best way to deal with these swirling serious allegations which will not go away, including the proposal I had repeatedly made in Parliament for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to deal with all the allegations haunting and hounding Najib especially as he had said that he was innocent and had not done anything wrong.

Lim Kit Siang

Note: The above was posted at Raja Petra’s blog, Malaysia Today. Visit Malaysia Today for updates.

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A fresh article on May 2 by Malaysia’s famous blogger Raja Petra has relighted the controversy of whether or not Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was involved in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

An opposition leader Lim Kit Siang has called for a commission of inquiry to once and for all get to the bottom of the allegations. Two internet news portals, Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider, have reported on Raja Petra’s new allegations. Not surprisingly, the mainstream press in Malaysia and $ingapore remain unnaturally silent.

Raja Petra, or RPK as the blogger is popularly known, posted on his blog an alleged transcript of an interrogation by Special Branch officers while he was detained under the Internal Security Act last year.

He claimed that during the interrogation, he named the source of his allegations against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor - linking the Prime Minister’s wife with the murder of Mongolian model, Altantuya Shaariibuu - as Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin, who is the number two in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence.

Raja Petra said he was put in touch with Lt Kol Azmi by one of his long-standing friends - Nik Azmi Nik Daud, who is an aide to Umno veteran leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Raja Petra, who went on the lam last month after failing to turn up in court for his sedition trial, said he had sought help from a few other people to vouch for Lt Kol Azmi’s credibility, among them Pakatan Rakat’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim through his aide, Din Merican.

In his post, Raja Petra wrote: “I also asked John Pang, who also works for Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh), to check with Ku Li whether Lt Kol Azmi’s information is reliable. I told John what Lt Kol Azmi told us and asked him to inform Ku Li about it. John confirmed that Lt Kol Azmi told Ku Li the same thing and that the information is reliable.”

According to Malaysiakini, Pang, who is an aide to Razaleigh, said he did receive a phone call from Raja Petra regarding the matter.

“Yes, Raja Petra did ask me about it and I confirmed that Ku Li was aware of the story,” Pang told Malaysiakini.

He added that his boss did not dispute Raja Petra’s account pertaining to his contact with Lt Kol Azmi. Tengku Razaleigh has declined to comment apart from saying, “Read the (Raja Petra’s) blog.”

Raja Petra also claimed in his post that a former minister had approached him in an effort to persuade him to stop making allegations against Najib. He claimed the former minister also offered him money, but he declined the offer. The Malaysian Insider said it was unsuccessful despite several attempts to reach the former minister on his mobile telephone.

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