Businessperson Deepak Jaikishan has denied knowledge of PKR directorof strategy Rafizi Ramli’s allegations earlier today that he had purchased custom jewellery for the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor.

“I put it on record - I have never given it (the documents) to him. I have not given it to an intermediary to give it to him. That much I can promise you,” he told a press conference today.

The carpet trader also denied having ever seen the documents disclosed by Rafizi today, nor that he has any contact with him.

NONEHowever, he declined to comment if Rafizi's (right) allegations were factual, citing legal advice.

He said his lawyers would take “a day or two” to reply to Rafizi before continuing with his own exposés, and blamed Rafizi for derailing his plans to launch his book today.

“We want to see all the documents that he is talking about. We do not know what the documents are because he has (only) put one document there, and we want to see everything,” he said.

Responding to Rafizi’s challenge to explain the allegations, Deepak instead urged Rafizi’s party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to disclose the source and authenticity of the documents, and the latter’s intention of exposing them without his permission.

“The opposition leader should come forward. If he is really prime minister-material, he must have the courage. Don’t stand behind proxies (Rafizi), come forward.

“We will discuss this face-to-face, with or without the media,” he said.

No support from politicians

NONEIn addition, he expressed disappointment at politicians across the political divide for failing to support him, especially Anwar (left) for denying meeting him.

He claims that he had met with many senior government and opposition politicians, but all left him to fend for himself in his exposés.

“Everyone wants me to come forward and expose, but they hide behind other people. If you want to expose the truth, you must come forward... I have met them and they supported me.

“Today when the temperature has gone up to 200 degrees, everyone says, ‘Oh, there is 200 degrees heat, and a 350kph typhoon coming towards Deepak, stay away,’” he said, adding that he now has to rely on sleeping pills to fall asleep.

He said he was able to obtain legal representation for a hearing on Nov 29 because of the support, but is now alone again.

During the hearing at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, he was represented by PKR leaders N Surendran and R Sivarasa.

“I need some form of assurance. I need some form of consistency in which things are managed and exposed. Like today’s exposé by Rafizi, I honestly don’t know what he is talking about,” he said, while stressing that he is not interested in political mudslinging.-malaysiakini