Ramkarpal Attacks BN over Inaction in 1MDB, Altantuya, Other High-Profile Probes

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The Bukit Gelugor MP wants to know if there was a cover-up by the previous government on several high-profile cases and who BN was protecting.

An MP today asked if the previous government had covered up high-profile cases such as the 1MDB scandal, Ops Gobi, Altantuya murder and death of Teo Beng Hock.

Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) claimed that the police had failed to act over these cases.

“The issue of 1MDB, we were not allowed to raise it during the last parliamentary sitting. But the international media had raised the issue.

“The US Attorney-General had described the 1MDB issue as kleptocracy at its worst. These are the words used.

“But Pekan (former prime minister Najib Razak) has never answered them. Will he stand here and reply to the Economist magazine and Wall Steet Journal? Will he do that?” Ramkarpal asked during a debate on the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat.

He also asked about the police probe on the previous Inspector-General of Police (IGP) over his alleged link to an underworld figure.

He was referring to Ops Gopi, an anti-graft crackdown on vice and gambling centres in Melaka last year. Several police personnel were detained on suspicion of graft.

Former IGP Khalid Abu Bakar admitted that he and his family knew Gopinathan Krishnan, a suspect arrested in connection with Ops Gopi and who allegedly collected bribes from illegal business operators for the police.

“There are many instances. Who in here has not heard about corruption in the police force?” Ramkarpal said.

He also brought up the Teoh Beng Hock case, citing the September 2014 ruling.

“The Court of Appeal ruled that one or more unknown persons, including MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) officers, had caused Teoh’s death,” Ramkarpal said.

“But the attorney-general at the time took no action. Do we want to believe that Teoh purposely fell off the (MACC) building? Surely there had been foul play.”

Ramkarpal also questioned if there was a cover-up in the murder of Altantuya in 2006.

“It is the same in the Altantuya case. In all criminal and murder cases, including those I have handled, the masterminds were charged even if they had no physical involvement. They were charged for having the intent.”

Why did the prosecution fail to do that in the Altantuya case, the lawyer asked.

“Who are they (authorities) trying to protect?”

The masterminds behind the deaths of Teoh in 2009 and Altantuya in 2006 were never brought to justice. Both cases have been reopened for investigation following the recent change of government.

In response to Ramkarpal, Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) asked if Ramkarpal had breached the Standing Orders by raising the issue of Altantuya’s murder as he was also the lawyer for the case.

Ismail raised Standing Order 35(6) which stated that an MP could not raise an issue in which he had a pecuniary interest.

Ramkarpal replied that he had the right to speak on the matter as he had acted on a pro bono basis in Altantuya’s case.

Ramkarpal, whose family law firm represents the families of Teoh and Altantuya, replied that he had the right to speak on the matter as he had acted on a pro bono basis.

“I am not interested in the money. I believe justice must prevail.”