Will Najib Dismiss Balasubramaniam's Statutory Declaration As 'Garbage' Too?
In what must probably be the most distressing period in our history, with so much happening and most of it not good news, the bombshell dropped by the private investigator merely adds fuel to the political fire raging across the nation.
In brief, Balasubramaniam says that the police suppressed information in a statement he gave on Najib's involvement with Mongolian murder victim Altantuya Shaariibuu. In a statutory declaration he confirms that he was with Razak Baginda at the time of the latter's arrest and he was shown a text message from Najib to Baginda with the following message - “I’m seeing IGP at 11.00a.m. today … matter will be solved … be cool.”
This is indeed a highly damaging disclosure and if proven true can lead to severe political consequences directly affecting Najib and the IGP among others.
This declaration throws up a few interesting questions.
Firstly what further deadly ammunition has Anwar stockpiled to be used for headline grabbing revelations from time to time? This claim by Balasubramaniam is frankly a bolt from the blue; sudden, unexpected and devastating. Anwar's credibility has been waxing and waning of late and this turn of events has given him a major boost while at the same time temporarily taken the focus off the sodomy issue. What will be the PKR leader's next move against his government nemesises? I guess only he knows that.
Secondly how will Najib get himself out of this new mess? Every time there is an accusation, he characteristically keeps mum for a few days and then issues a denial, probably hoping that it ends there. The earlier statutory declaration on June 18th 2008 which implicated his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansur saw Najib being silent for a full week before dismissing Raja Petra's claim as 'garbage'. Just how much of this kind of political damage can Najib withstand before he either self-destructs or is finally interrogated in a transparent and fair manner?
And thirdly how will this statutory declaration play out in the current topsy-turvy world of Umno politics? Who stands to gain from Najib's increasing discomfiture? The PM? The ever ambitious Muhyiddin Yassin? Or perhaps all of them are destined to be losers, while the nation witnesses the rise of Anwar Ibrahim to the ultimate seat of executive power.