The statutory declarations (SDs) of private investigator Balasubramaniam, when compared to other stories on Najib and Altantuyaa Shariibuu, carry too many contradictions, inconsistencies and implausibility.
Who introduced Altantuyaa Shariibuu to whom? Was it Razak Baginda to Najib Razak, or Najib Razak to Razak Baginda?
Who was Altantuyaa’s lover? Razak Baginda or Najib?
Never mind that there are currently two men sentenced to death for her murder (they won’t do because the principal target of Gerakan Anti Najib or G.A.N hasn’t been among those sentenced to death) who murdered Altantuyaa Shariibuu?
[Ignore those two found guilty and already sentenced to the gallows] Was it Najib or** Rosmah or Razak Baginda*?
* just a rhetorical question - in this, Razak Baginda is fortunate because the G.A.N target is Najib, thus Razak Baginda is just in the bloody way.
** well I wish the G.A.N people could bloody make up their mind whether it's Najib or Rosmah. Kaytee is utterly confused. But what is not confusing is either Najib or Rosmah as the guilty party will mean the sorry end of Najib's political position. This is known as the 'shotgun' effect - kalau ta'boleh hentam Najib, hentam Rosmah pun jadi wakakaka.
In my post The Paradox of Balasubramanian Perumal I wrote:
I recall that when Bala made that initial Stat Dec, he was challenged on why he had signed the police statement about the Altantuyaa murder but which did not contain details that implicated Najib, yet had since come out with such a earth-shaking revelation about the DPM (in the initial Stat Dec, albeit in hearsay fashion).
Bala confessed that he had signed the police statement under duress.
In the Malaysiakini report he said he had given information on Najib to the police when they took his statement but was surprised that all mention of Najib were removed from the police statement. He claimed that he reluctantly signed that statement under duress.
Balasubramaniam explained he was held in the police lock-up twice during the investigation into the murder - the first time for five days, the second, seven days.
He lamented: “If you have experience in the cell, you will definitely sign the statement. I wanted to go out, I have three children.”
Surely all of us can sympathize with that – I wouldn’t dare dream of boasting to be a brave hero, more so for a man like Bala who has responsibility towards a family comprising 3 children.
But then …
Indeed but then … he subsequently, strangely and bravely came up with that Stat Dec damning Najib.
Noticeable at the press conference in the prominent seat was of course Anwar Ibrahim, nemesis of Najib.
I find it utterly strange and inconsistent that for a family man who was scared of the police because of his responsibility towards his 3 children (and we can understand this), he suddenly became ‘brave’ enough to verbally slaughter the DPM of the nation (this change of his attitude we still cannot come to grips with).
So … what has caused Balasubramaniam to change his mind?
Was it his conscience?
Was it the inspiring redoubtable magnificent Anwar Ibrahim?
… for more, read my post The Paradox of Balasubramanian Perumal.
In another earlier post Saiful sodomized? Bala sodomized! I asked:
Then, high drama (we all know about it by now) Bala did a go-starn (reverse) as Malaysiakini reported in PI retracts stunning statutory declaration after he was last known to have reported to a police station on the advice of his lawyer Americk Singh, when the police wanted to query him on the Stat Dec.
So, unaccompanied as Anwar himself definitely would NOT have been if the ‘world's greatest’ were to report to a police station, what would this former police corporal, alone by himself, have encountered?
After Anwar’s triumphant press conference where he presided in majestic moralizing mood as Bala first announced to a stunned Malaysian media the alleged dirt on Anwar’s Nemesis, Najib, I find Anwar's complete apathy and tidak-apa (couldn't care less) attitude towards Bala’s post press conference protection amazing (or should I be?).
He was advised by his lawyer to report to the police station, as summoned, but unaccompanied by his own lawyer. Equally amazing!
Indeed, where was his lawyer? Why didn’t he accompany Bala to the police station? How could Bala, who looked like the type down and out financially, afford the service of a lawyer? Was it pro bono?
Now we read in RPK’s Malaysia-Today that contrary to the MKINI report PI retracts stunning statutory declaration Bala did not report to the police station but instead went to Rawang with one ASP Suresh to meet one Deepak where he was offered RM5 million by the latter to withdraw his 1st SD.
So here’s a man who confessed he was so scared of the police lockup that he, under duress, signed a police statement on the Altantuyaa’s murder with no mention of Najib Razak at all (we must be sympathetic with his concerns as afterall he’s a dad with 3 kids to feed and look after), …
… BUT who subsequently decided to be another courageous RPK and make a SD of earth-shaking proportion against the man who was going to be (then) the next most powerful political leader of Malaysia …
… and here he was , in Rawang with ASP Suresh burning some copper wires … huh?
… and presumably as he would have us believed him, he was again under duress (AGAIN for fear of his family's safety, this time under mafioso threat) and thus withdrew his 1st SD by way of a 2nd SD.
It’s just too full of contradictions (from being fearful to utterly courageous back to being fearful; going to police station without a lawyer as if he didn’t know what a police station in Malaysia for a man who just made a damning SD against the DPM means?).
What would be more plausible?
We need to ask ourselves three questions:
(1) Who would be damaged by the SD?
(2) Which SD (1st or 2nd) would be the far more damaging?
(3) What’s in it for Balasubramaniam – in other words what scenario would best benefit a father of 3 kids, fearful of the police lockup and for his family, to motivate him to make such a damning report against a powerful man?
Would it be a pre-planned package of 2 prepared SDs, the 2nd to be released after the inevitable visit to the police station but PLEASE without a lawyer (“No, Mr Americk Singh, I don’t need you, it’s OK, just a fish head curry with an old buddy”)?
And YES he did retract the 1st SD which meant he must have been paid … but by whom???
Quite frankly, despite MKINI reporting that Balasubramaniam rang them up to claim he had been back in Malaysia a few times to sort out family matters, I doubt that he made those calls within Malaysia.
The YouTube clip that RPL put up on his blog claimed he, a man who confessed he was so scared of the police lockup, made his latest ‘revelation’ in front of 3 prominent but unnamed Malaysian lawyers? And only after he had withdrew the first SD and made his far-more damaging 2nd SD.
To much man man lai lah.