Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) has demanded that Hasanah Ab Hamid, the former head of Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department, explain her letter to the CIA.
Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji said Hasanah has committed a serious offence by inviting the outside party to delve into the country’s internal matter.
“Her action could affect the sovereignty of the country. What kind of help would the CIA offer if it was willing to help? If the help materialised, eventually we would have to bow to them,” Arshad said at a press conference in the Patriot office in Subang Jaya today.
Earlier, Patriot lodged a police report against Hasanah at Subang Jaya District police headquarters.
Patriot also questioned Hasanah’s loyalty to the country by writing such letter and asked whether she was under the instruction of a certain party.
“Did she receive instruction from a certain party? Did she get an incentive for writing the letter? Or was she threatened to write the letter?
“And what did she mean when she mentioned that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is anti-West and anti-Semitic? Why was it necessary that she tarnishes Mahathir’s image in such way?
“She has to answer all of these,” Arshad said, adding that the accusations could affect the international business community.
The letter sent by the Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department five days before GE14 appealed for US support for Najib’s administration even if Barisan Nasional wins with a simple majority or a single seat.
The letter was reportedly signed by Hasanah, who was then the division’s director-general.
The letter also praised Najib’s nine-year tenure, painting Najib as a progressive leader and a staunch supporter of the US, while describing Mahathir as “anti-West”.
Najib denied knowing about the letter, saying: “I am surprised. I did not even know of its existence. Not all letters have to go through me.”
Patriot also asked the authorities to investigate the letter.
“We view this seriously as such an act is detrimental to parliamentary democracy. It is also sabotage,” Patriot’s public relations director Captain (R) Wong Ah Peng said.
Wong said involving a foreign power’s intelligence in Malaysian affairs is tantamount to treason.
Patriot lashed out at police for the failure to launch an investigation into the letter, calling the inaction “unacceptable” and shocking.
“I am baffled and I am shocked that until today, no action has been taken by the police to investigate or to take action.
“If they are not interested, then I should become the IGP,” Arshad.
He also refuted claims that police can only begin investigations after a report is lodged.
“As this is a serious matter, the police do not need an official report to start probing. They can already do their own investigation.”
Earlier report: Jul 21, Outcry over the Shocking Letter Seeking CIA Backing for Najib