Najib Razak has dismissed Lim Kit Siang’s claim that several high-profile cases, including three murders, were not investigated.
He pointed out that Teoh Beng Hock’s case was tried at the High Court, before it went to the Court of Appeal. A Royal Commission of Inquiry into his death was also established.
Najib said, the trials for the murders of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu and AmBank founder Hussain Najadi were in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court for several years.
The trial of seven people accused of murdering deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Anthony Kevin Morais has also been going on since 2017, he said.
“Who says these cases were not investigated?” Najib asked on Facebook.
On Saturday (Oct 6), Lim said in a statement that “travesties of justice” had been committed during Najib’s administration as the high-profile cases were not probed.
The DAP supremo also wondered why Najib did not re-open investigations into these mysterious deaths when he had the power to do so.
“Could it be that ‘justice’ did not matter when he was the Prime Minister while it matters when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the Prime Minister?” Lim wrote.
But Najib said the problem with Lim and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was that they would reject any court decision and finding during the Barisan Nasional’s administration and claimed that they were unfair.
However, Najib pointed out, both Lim and the PH government no longer have an excuse.
“All the investigation papers, the power of the government agencies to probe these deaths as well as the courts are under PH now.
“There is no reason for them not to conduct a special investigation as Kit Siang wants unless of course, they want to use this issue to defame me.”
Earlier, Najib had challenged Lim to urge Dr Mahathir to reopen investigations on the high profile deaths.
He said this in response to Lim’s statement expressing surprise that Najib had agreed with him that high-profile murder cases of Altantuya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais and Hussain Najadi should be reopened for special inquiries to be formed.
“I want to ask Kit Siang frankly: I know I have nothing to do with all these victims, so I agree with you that special investigations should be conducted.
“Do you still want special investigations to be opened as you have urged Pakatan Harapan two days ago? Would you persuade the prime minister to do this immediately?” Najib asked in a Facebook post.
He said it had been a decade since he was accused by PH of being involved in the murders of Altantuya, Morais and Najadi.
“Hence, it is time for justice for me and for the victims’ families. We must give space to all Malaysians, who have accused me and slandered me, to be remorseful for the accusations they have thrown at me.
“I welcome Kit Siang’s assertion for the cases to be reopened and for a special investigation team to be set up.
“I urge the prime minister to support this proposal by Kit Siang and I,” he said in a Facebook post on Oct 6.
“It must be remembered that slander is a bigger sin than murder.
“This is why I want all accusations of murder against me to be probed and concluded so that we can know who was really at fault,” he said.
A source close to Najib said the former prime minister wants all the cases investigated conclusively, according to FMT.
“Yes, he wants all these investigated conclusively. There is no excuse for authorities not to act as they have all the investigation papers and access to all witnesses.
“Najib said there are three human lives involved and he wants people to know the truth. He cannot stand to be linked or implicated in any way over three humans who died tragically and wants the slander and propaganda against him to end once and for all,” the source said.
The source added that if the PH government does not reply to these calls, “he may even get his aide to make a police report over these three murders and pressure the police to act”.