Monday, April 6, 2015

Who's Lying?

The Altantuya murder case continues to stay in the news – even after the Federal Court’s verdict on January 13, 2015. It simply refuses to be permanently buried and forgotten.
Former PM Mahathir Mohamad raised the said issue last Tuesday – when he asked PM Najib Razak to come clean on the matter of Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder and especially Sirul Azhar Umar’s claim that he was “under orders” to eliminate her. Sirul (left) and his colleague, former chief inspector, Azilah Hadri had been convicted of her murder.
Najib, of course, zipped his lips. But he got his company of toadies to respond.

On Friday, one gallantly stepped forward. The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar (above photo) refuted Mahathir’s statement that Sirul’s claim was not probed. Khalid said Malaysian police had gone to Australia to meet Sirul (who is now a fugitive) and concluded that there was no need for further investigations.
A day after, Sirul told news portal Malaysiakini that Khalid lied.
On the same day, too, Khalid responded by insisting he was telling the truth and said he had no reason to mislead the public and the nation over the matter. He said Sirul was a desperate man resorting to desperate measures to save his life. (I don’t know about you but Khalid sounds even more desperate to want Malaysians to believe him!)
Counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represented Sirul during the trial, joined in the interchange when he said Malaysian and Australian lawyers have advised Sirul against speaking to anyone pending the outcome of his extradition case. If this is so, how is it possible for Malaysian police to have interviewed Sirul?
PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar, too, was adamant that the IGP had lied. Mahfuz said Khalid's lie brings shame to the entire police force and could even tarnish the ties between Malaysia and Australia.
So, who's lying?
On Satuday morning, I was on Level 21 of the Amoda Building in KL’s Jalan Imbi to deliver a speech at the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting. My speech was titled “Stand Up and Laugh” – a “Speaking After Dinner” speech from The Entertaining Speaker manual. A good speech if I may say so myself and I was evaluated by Ramdas Nayar.
Anyway, I was voted Best Speaker and Best Evaluator. (BTW, I had also evaluated Ann Wong’s CC speech). There were twenty-seven of us present, including four guests. Yup, it was a good meeting and I am giving it a score of an 8 over 10.

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