24 April 2012

Najib not testifying in Paris court reflects badly...

NONE The prime minister’s continued silence on whether he will appear in the French court for the Scorpene inquiry in Paris will reflect badly on the Malaysian government, says Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

“The reluctance of prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) to testify in a court case in Paris in the ongoing investigation into a submarine deal reflects badly on Malaysia.

“It reflects poorly on the PM, who has promised reforms and committed himself towards fighting corruption,” Gobind (
right) said in an email last night.

“As PM, it is his duty to speak up to clear all concerns affecting his government. That would be in the interests of the entire nation, particularly at international levels,” he added.

On Sunday Najib refused to comment on whether he intended to testify in the French court after the complainant Suaram listed he and Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in their witness list.

"I don't need to comment... I don't want to comment, thank you," he said curtly at a dialogue session with Chinese and Indian NGOs at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang

Suaram filed a case in 2010 against French-owned defence giant DCNS for allegedly paying illegal commissions to top Malaysian officials in the sale of two Scorpene class submarines to the Malaysian government in 2002.

The highly-anticipated inquiry
kicked off last week.

Zahid subsequently announced that he would not attend the inquiry, nor does he intend to send any ministry representative, a U-turn from his statement last May.

At that time, he had said, “They may challenge us in court. We want to be more transparent. On allegations made by them, let the court reveal the truth.” 

Putting local authorities to shame

Gobind said the fact that Malaysians had to seek justice abroad was “already bad enough” without the PM’s silence.

He said it reflected poorly on Malaysian authorities, “especially the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)”.

“It is an indication of the lack of faith Malaysians have in local investigative bodies.

“Now, with a clear platform to put things right, in open court, the PM must rise to the occasion. He must stand up for his country and resolve all questions raised over the matter,” said the DAP parliamentarian.- malaysiakini


Najib...Testify if there's nothing to hide...

asian democracy and economic development forum penang 090212 lim guan engPenang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to testify in a court case in Paris over allegations that French submarine builder DCNS had allegedly paid illegal commissions to Malaysian officials.

Lim (left) said Najib should have no problems appearing in court to assist investigations on the case if he is subpoened by French judges.

He added Najib should be willing to be a witness in the case filed by human rights NGO Suaram in 2010 over the alleged charges if “he has nothing to hide”.

The DAP secretary-general stressed that the public demanded accountability from its leaders on military spending, and answers related to the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

“If I were the PM, I would definitely answer and testify in the French court if I have nothing to hide,” Lim told reporters in Penang today.

“There is a judicial investigation going on and the French are investigating their own companies. If Malaysian officials are involved, the PM and others should offer their assistance,” he added.

Lim was talking about Najib’s response when asked to comment on the opening of the case in the Paris Tribunal Grande Instance last week.

NONEAt a press conference held after Najib’s (right) dialogue sessions with Chinese and Indian NGOs in Penang yesterday, the premier snubbed questions about the case and whether he would testify in France.

“I don’t need to comment... I don’t want to comment, thank you,” he said before ending the press conference abruptly.

Suaram has submitted Najib as a witness as he was then the defence minister involved in the procurement of the submarines when the RM7.3 billion deal was inked in 2002.

Among others, Suaram had also submitted Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as a witness. However, the defence minister has reversed his earlier decision to testify in France.

The deal - which involved the purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines by Malaysia - is allegedly linked to the gruesome murder of Altantuya by military C4 explosives in Shah Alam by two of Najib’s former bodyguards.

abdul razak baginda pc 201108 04Another of Najib’s close ally and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (left) was also charged but was later acquited without his defence being called.

French inquiry judges are looking into alleged corruption practises by DCNS which had reportedly paid millions in illegal commissions to two companies linked to Razak.

Najib has denied any involvement in the case and has sworn on the Quran that he had never known Altantuya, who was said to have been a translator for the submarines deal.

Meanwhile, Lim warned that Najib or others allegedly involved in the case may refuse to testify in court but may face arrest if they set foot in Europe.

This follows a Malaysiakini report which stated that Ahmad Zahid may face the fate of being arrested in Europe, much like former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, should he refuse to attend the French inquiry on the Scorpene submarines purchase.

“This applies to those countries in the European Union zone, not just France. One who tries to dodge testifying in court may be subpoened or arrested when he sets foot there.

“Najib and Ahmad Zahid should take the opportunity to testify and show the world there is nothing to hide, that there is no cover-up, wrongdoing or anything illegal,” added Lim.- malaysiakini

Tak hadir ke mahkamah Perancis beri kesan buruk...
 NONETindakan perdana menteri terus berdiam diri sama berhubung tanda tanya beliau akan muncul di mahkamah Perancis untuk inkuiri dalam kes pembelian Scorpene akan memberikan kesan buruk kepada kerajaan Malaysia, kata anggota parlimen DAP.

"Ia memberikan kesan buruk kepada PM, yang berjanji melakukan pembaharuan dan beriltizam ke arah melawan rasuah," kata wakil rakyat Puchong Gobind Singh Deo melalui e-mel malam tadi.

"Sebagai PM, menjadi tanggungjawabnya untuk membersihkan segala perkara yang menjejaskan kerajaannya. Ia menjadi kemahuan seluruh rakyat Malaysia, terutamanya yang berada di peringkat antarabangsa."- malaysiakini


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