Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Scorpene Witnesses About to be Summoned

Yesteray, Suaram – the original complainant who had triggered the investigation – announced that the French judiciary will be calling witnesses to a judicial inquiry over the Scorpene submarine scandal. Seven Malaysian witnesses are expected to be called, subject to the judge’s decision, starting from those “central to the negotiations” for the submarine deal such as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s close associate Abdul Razak Baginda. This process of calling and examining witnesses is expected to take two years.

When asked whether Najib, as the then defence minister, would be subpoenaed, Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel said Najib enjoys some immunity as a head of (government) because the French are not keen to strain diplomatic ties unless there are strong suspicions against him. Huh? This shouldn’t happen because nobody is above the law!

However, she added that Najib will be moved up the list of witnesses “very quickly” if he is no longer the prime minister after the next general election.

Isn’t this another compelling reason why UMNO must be defeated in GE13? Then, Najib can take the thirteen-hour flight to Paris and take the witness stand.

Last evening, I was attending the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting – my 150th Toastmasters (regular) meeting for this calendar year. It was a good meeting but I thought the evaluations were much better than the speeches. A 7.5 out of a 10.

Celtic eased into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup when Gary Hooper hit all four goals (12, 37, 58, 60) against Raith Rovers who only managed one (28).

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