Malaysiakini reports today that Musa has again asserted that Najib is not in any way connected to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Musa’s factual basis for this insistence?
This excerpt from Malaysiakini tells his story.
“Musa said he briefed then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the police’s intention to arrest Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of Najib, in connection with the case.
‘Pak Lah (Abdullah) told me to inform Najib (who was then deputy prime minister) and I told him there was no need to do so,” he told a press conference.
However, upon the insistence of Abdullah, Musa met Najib and briefed him on the matter.
Musa said when he informed Najib, he replied: “Do your job”.
Maybe Musa is cluless or has completely forgotten the following.
On the morning that Abdul Razak Baginda was arrested in connection with the Altantuya murder, he received the following sms from Najib :
“I am seeing IGP at 11am today. matter will be solved. be cool.”
The fact of this sms was disclosed by private investigator Balasubramaniam in his first statutory declaration in July 2008 and has never been denied by either Razak Baginda or Najib.
For the sake of completeness, I should mention that on the morning of 16th November, 2006, when Razak Baginda was due to be charged in connection with the murder of Altantuya, Najib sent the following sms to lawyer Mohd Shafee Abdullah :
“Pls do not say anything to the press today. i will explain later. RB will have to face a tentative charge but all is not lost”
On 31st October, 2008, Razak Baginda, without being called to enter his defence, was acquitted of the charge, referred to by Dato Seri Najib as “tentative”, of abetting in the murder of Altantuya. At the time, lead prosecutor DPP Tun Majid Tun Hamzah intimated that the acquittal might be appealed, saying, “We will consider appealing the decision. The battle is not over yet”.
14 days later, the same DPP confirmed that the acquittal would not be appealed.
Do your job?
The question is, what was the then IGP’s job scope?
Uncover or cover up?