Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on
PM and DPM - time to have new advisers after another round of savage but
avoidable battering to their credibility with delayed denials
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, have finally broken their silence on
blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s statutory declaration with the
“mind-boggling” accusation that Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor
was among three individuals who were also present when Mongolian
national Altantuya Shaariibuu was murdered on Oct 19, 2006.
Raja Petra also alleged that the Prime Minister “has received a written
report from the Military Intelligence” confirming his allegations and
this report was subsequently handed over to his son-in-law Khairy
Jamaluddin for safekeeping".
Raja Petra also claimed that "one of the Rulers has been briefed about
this matter” and “is fully aware” of the allegations.
Abdullah and Najib should have broken their silence and made their
denials five days ago when Raja Petra’s allegations in his statutory
declaration dated 18th June 2008 first surfaced on the Internet,
reported by Malaysiakini and picked up by the blogs.
This was why I had issued a media statement four days ago on Saturday
calling for public responses from Abdullah, Najib and Rosmah to Raja
Petra’s statutory declaration, warning that “the credibility and
legitimacy of the Abdullah premiership and government will suffer a
mortal blow if Abdullah, Najib and Rosmah remain silent on Raja Petra’s
This was also why I had given notice to Parliament on Sunday to invoke
Standing Order 18 to seek an emergency debate on Raja Petra’s
allegations to safeguard the credibility and legitimacy of the
Although my Standing Order 18 motion was rejected by the Speaker
yesterday on the ground of sub judice with the ongoing Altantuya murder
trials – quite irrelevant to the intent of my application - the Prime
Minister spoke up yesterday followed by Najib today.
If Abdullah and Najib had instantly responded to Raja Petra’s
“mind-boggling” allegations five days ago, there would have been no need
for me to invoke Standing Order 18 for an emergency debate of a matter
of urgent, definite public importance and the reputation, credibility
and legitimacy of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister would
have been saved from another round of savage and haemorrhaging battering
in the court of public opinion not only in the country but also
It is time that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have new
advisers as both are not being well-served by their present coterie of
political advisers – whether stationed in the Putrajaya fourth storey or
In his response yesterday, Abdullah dismissed Raja Petra's allegations
that he had seen a military intelligence report on the murder that
backed the allegations.
The Prime Minister said: "No, I can't remember receiving anything. He
can say anything but I have not seen it."
As Abdullah’s statement gives room for doubt as to whether the Prime
Minister’s memory could be faulty, it has made it imperative for Khairy
to respond, as Raja Petra alleged that the written report from the
Military Intelligence to the Prime Minister “was subsequently handed
over to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin for safekeeping".
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor