In Malaysiakini news article PI retracts stunning statutory declaration we see in it (hopefully) the culmination of a comedy of errors, which would have been enjoyably laughable if the once-serious Malaysian Statutory Declarations have not been so misused for political purposes.
I am not surprised that Malaysiakini has come up with an Andrew Ong’s article Was PI intimidated or induced? in which PKR vice-president R Sivarasa asserted that Balasubramaniam’s sudden retraction of his allegations against DPM Najib in the original Stat Dec could have been due to intimidation or inducement.
Of course we must expect Sivarasa to say so - afterall he is from the PKR. This is not to say he could not be right, but there's so much sh*t all over the series of Stat Dec's that we the public have recently been punished with, that both sides (Anwar and Najib's) are ... er ... so full of sh*t, so to speak.
However, there are a few points of clarifications worth re-visiting:
(1) In Bala's original Stat Dec, even Bala’s first lawyer Americk Singh stressed to Malaysiakini that the statutory declaration was not a statement of the truth but a statement of what he claimed was said to him by Abdul Razak and Altantuya, stating: “We’re not saying what he heard is absolute gospel, this must be distinguished. Balasubramaniam is not in the position to determine what is true or not.”
In other words, Bala’s original Stat Dec has been exactly the same as RPK’s Stat Dec a la “I was reliably informed …” - in the category of hearsay evidence - no hard facts at all.
It could well be about ‘flinging the poo’ at Najib, and by golly, if those had been the case, then Malaysia being Malaysia, they were highly successful. The PKR true believers are esctatic, and if Najib wasn't fortunately in current power as the DPM, he would have been nicely lynched long ago.
(2) Anwar Ibrahim is an ‘interested party’ in the political destruction of Najib, yet he was prominently present at the press conference with Bala to announce the latter's hearsay evidence that was inimitable against Najib.
The PKR true believers couldn't see this of course but Anwar's presence had actually tainted the ‘neutrality’ of Bala’s earlier Stat Dec, showing that it was without any doubt politically motivated.
If Anwar was not involved in such a grandstanding fashion (he just couldn't resist his campaign against Najib, to divert his own problems), I would have been more receptive to Bala’s declaration.
Strangely (or should it be?), while everyone has since been condemning Bala’s retraction of his original Stat Dec, very few in our cyber world has even made mention of, let alone questioned the possibility of Anwar’s fingers in the issue of Bala's original Stat Dec.
None are so blind as those who refuse to see.
(3) Thirdly, this pile of Bala-ish poo being flung at Najib came as a time when Anwar has been under enormous Himalayan-ish pressure to explain further his 'relationship' with Saiful Bukhari Azlan, after reports have emerged that their close association (of whatever category) extended beyond the shores of Malaysia. See Malaysiakini article Posh condo: I didn't say I never went.
I personally don’t give a stuff about 'personal relationship' or even homosexual ones, or whether a homosexual can be a good PM. And why not, when there is a damn good homosexual high court (male) judge in Australia who is respected and held by the Australian public in high affection and admiration.
BUT and a big BUT, if there have been issues like ‘assault’, ‘rape’, ‘intimidation’ in the sexual relationship, then it would be criminal rather than consensual ... and alleged crimes must be treated accordingly.
The argument of a frail old man versus a 23 old strong buck is stupid and desperate as we know that ‘rapes’ have occurred in organizations due to the perpetrator's 'organizational power or authority' rather than mere physical power.
To be fair, the trouble in the case of Anwar Ibrahim and Saiful is that no one other than these two know the truth.
Putera Umno chairperson Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, balls-bearing ADC to KJ in the infamous Mat Rempit sturmtrooper concept, has attempted to intimidate Anwar Ibrahim in a religious oath taking at Mesjid Negara. See Malaysiakini Swear on the Quran, Anwar told.
OK, he was merely seizing on Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin call for the two principal personalities in the alleged sodomising saga to swear on the Quran of their innocence.
But will a liar (and one of them is), in his actions already laden heavily with unspeakable sins, be intimidated by the Quran in one more lie?
The problem with all these Stat Decs (with no doubt more to come) against Najib, have been the political interests of and benefit to Anwar Ibrahim. So how involved has he been in their emergence?
Anwar has promised us political reforms but his only visible action thus far has been unshamefully and arrogantly his old UMNO dirty tricks business of subverting the supremacy of the ballot box for his own benefit and political promotion, through the encouragement of party defections of MPs.
If there is any consistency about Anwar Ibrahim I see him still as disruptive, divisive and dismissive of his own faults as he had ever been. I could enumerate each and every one of his ministerial draconian policies but I have already blogged on most.
He has not changed and I believe he never will, as he has by himself proven so with his current boastful action of enticing frogs - a la Sabah 1994 when then, as DPM, he was BN campaign director there.