Malaysiakini - 07.07.2010
DAP's Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa is to file a motion on allegations that the premier's wife Rosmah Mansor had, through a businessman, financed private investigator P Balasubramaniam's stay and expenses in London.
The motion was submitted to the Dewan Rakyat speaker's office today, and could be formally tabled tomorrow for debate.
It reads that lawyer Americk Sidhu, acting for Balasubramaniam, had issued a statement through the blog Malaysia Today on June 30, stating that all expenses to support the private investigator while in London were paid by carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan on Rosmah's directive.
The report was also carried in Malaysiakini.
Balasubramaniam (above) was one of the witnesses in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial.
He is being sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to assist in its investigations into allegations that he was paid to retract his first statutory declaration. However he has sought refuge overseas.
The motion also wants the allegations by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin in his article entitled 'Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell' to be debated.
The article alleges Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had a relationship with Altantuya and that the Mongolian had knowledge of dubious deals and this led to her murder. He has denied any involvement.
Murder a hot topic in the international media
Er says the murder is being discussed extensively by the international media. This has affected Malaysia's good standing.
In addition he claims Rosmah's name has been mentioned as being behind Balasubramaniam's allegation and this could create a bad image of the country.
Hence, he wants these issues to be debated and to verify the claims in order to maintain the nation's integrity.
When met at the Parliament lobby later, Er did not want to speculate whether the speaker's office would shoot down his motion.
He said this is a very important issue which should be debated in Parliament.
"I urge the government to clear the air as international media have highlighted the issue. We don't want the people to speculate."
And while the Altantuya murder trial has concluded, a civil suit filed by her father, Shaariibuu Setev, against the Malaysian government is proceeding.