Public sees Najib as guilty in Scorpene deal, says Pakatan

By Clara Chooi
July 23, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the move to deport French lawyer William Bourdon last night has only confirmed his guilt in the eyes of the public.

They told the prime minister that chasing Bourdon out of Malaysia would not absolve him of blame but, instead, would resurrect the ghost of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaaribuu.

Altantuya, who was killed in 2006 and blown up with C4 explosives, has been linked to the government’s controversial RM7 billion Scorpene submarines purchase from French defence company DCNS which is now under probe in France. The purchase was made while Najib headed the Defence Ministry.

Bourdon, who is handling the case in France, was held by immigration officers yesterday morning upon landing at the KLIA in Sepang from Penang where he had briefed an audience on the progress of the probe.

“This strange move would only fuel public suspicion that something is terribly amiss in the Scorpene case… which, of course, is linked to Altantuya’s case.

“Instead of coming clean, he (Najib) is trying to cover up the matter. Everyone knows that Bourdon will be in the country to explain the progress of the case, that he is trying to prise open the layers of secrets surrounding the Scorpene deal, which is related to the murder case,” said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.

Lim pointed out that Malaysians were already aware of the RM540 million in commission for the submarine deal paid to Perimeker Sdn Bhd, a company run by Abdul Razak Baginda, and are now demanding answers if the sum was paid as “corruption money”.

Abdul Razak, who was tried for abetting in Altantuya’s murder but was later acquitted, was said to be Najib’s close aide when the deal was made in 2002.

“Najib has committed himself to fighting corruption so this RM540 million must be subject to a public audit. Was it justifiable? How was it spent? All these details must be scrutinised via an independent public inquiry so that Malaysians will know whether it was a genuine above-board deal,” said Lim.

He castigated the prime minister for failing to address the matter and said that the government should not wait to be exposed in a foreign country but should initiate its own proceedings.

“The French prosecution is trying to decide if there is a case to go to trial but why wait? Najib has the responsibility to answer to Malaysians. Establish a commission and give the full details of the procurement,” said Lim.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar agreed with Lim that Bourdon’s deportation last night would return soon to haunt the Najib administration.

She however warned that any information revealed in the French courts would eventually reach Malaysia and could not be swept under the carpet.

“They (Najib administration) prefer to sweet dirt under the carpet… deport possible whistleblowers and gag such exposes through their control over the mainstream media. The fact that information is globally obtainable stops them dead in their tracks,” she told The Malaysian Insider via SMS today.

The Lembah Pantai MP pointed out that if it were to be proven that DCNS had paid kickbacks to Malaysian officials for the Scorpene deal, they would be compelled to pay compensation.

“Sadly, Malaysia under Najib rejects this clear mechanism to hold the government accountable to transparent procurement practices,” she said.

  1. #1 by cskok8 on Saturday, 23 July 2011 - 6:17 pm

    It is clear as daylight to anybody with some brain that this is a kickback. To say that it is paid by the French company is pure nonsense. Ultimately it has to be built into the purchase price of the submarines.

  2. #2 by Loh on Saturday, 23 July 2011 - 6:44 pm

    ///KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the move to deport French lawyer William Bourdon last night has only confirmed his guilt in the eyes of the public.///

    Now we know what he has performed for national interest having cut short his holidays. Why is expelling William Bourdon which would call for international attention be of national interest to Malaysia? Is it because it will be widely reported in France, and that Malaysia gets free press coverage? But what would they talk about, the way Malaysia treasures the Scorpene submarines by keeping it idle off Sabah coast?

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 23 July 2011 - 10:03 pm

    Malaysia waits with bated breath for what Bourdon would soon reveal in the French courts.

    I guess najib will simply say that French courts may be like french caps, full of pinholes!

    Well, Najib, french cap or not, you can be sure nobody, not even MACC will be able to throw Bourdon from the Eiffel Tower or C4 his body and throw it into the River Seine.

    You see civilised people don’t blow bodies or throw bodies or stab bodies. Civilised people learn to accept vistories and defeats as part of the normal course of life.

    By the way, Ambiga has got an honorary doctorate from University of Exeter. Do you think Ibrahim Ali and Utusan malaysia deserves a doctorate each from UiTM?

  4. #4 by negarawan on Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 1:04 am

    Anyone has a link to the video of Bordon’s talk?

  5. #5 by negarawan on Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 7:41 am

    Here’s a video link for Bourdon’s talk
    These issues must be translated to Bahasa and explained to especially the rural folks. The fact that Malaysia is continuing to slide down the Transparency International ranking of corruption from #32 to #56 from mahathir’s era clearly indicates the massive damage that UMNO has and continues to cause to Malaysia, and also clearly shows that MACC is completely ineffective due to it being used as a political instrument by UMNO. All right thinking Malaysians irregardless of race and religion must bring the UMNO government down or risk seeing Malaysia going down the path of total destruction and joining the ranks of countries like Somalia.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 8:59 am

    You can warn Najib as much as you want.
    Anyone against him will be dealt with.
    He does not care that William Bourdon is an employee to speak out what he found out.
    Najib said…the truths is the truths..published in Star today..accusing PR politicians spreading lies.
    I guess French investigator is a liar too.
    Najib’s actions have advanced to the stage…he is going to jail all traitors or deport them.
    Our country is worst than Burma.

  7. #7 by dcasey on Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 11:58 am

    Looks like Najib is not only going to be French capped but French fried as well…..LOL

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