DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has suggested that Najib Razak relieve himself of his duties as deputy prime minister “until all questions implicating his credibility, especially arising from the statutory declaration by private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, are investigated and cleared”.
Lim said Bala’s SD has “challenged the truth and veracity of various statements and denials by Najib in connection with the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in October 2006 – that Najib had not known or ever met Altantunya”.
He added that Najib and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi cannot allow Bala’s SD to go unchallenged as it raises grave fundamental issues as to their fitness to hold high political offices in the land.
Lim reminded us of the emotional scene at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court on 16th November 2006 when Razak’s wife Mazlinda Makhzan lost her cool and shouted at journalists:
“My husband is innocent. My husband is a good man. He supported me and protected me. Why are you writing all these stories about him. He is not out to become the Prime Minister. Why are they doing this to him?”
Mazlinda’s emotional outburst in November 2006 have now been resurrected to the very fore of public consciousness by Balasubramaniam’s statutory declaration, crying out for full clarification.
Lim said Bala’s SD are issues of urgent definite public importance for which Parliament should take immediate cognisance by having an immediate debate, unless and until the Prime Minister can act promptly to assure the Malaysian public that the government is prepared and capable of responding swiftly, credibly and responsibly to the crisis of confidence in the government precipitated by the Balasubramaniam statutory declaration.