Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday night swore in Masjid Jamek Guar Perahu near here that he did not know or had any connection with Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaarribuu who was murdered in 2006 in Puncak Alam, Selangor.
Najib said he was making the swearing although it was not an offical swearing made on the Quran.
“Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi (With Allah as my witness) I swear I do not know or have any connection with the Mongolian woman,” he said at the end of his speech at a ceremony to give aid of RM1.4 million at the mosque.
The aid is to repair, renovate and buy new equipment for eight mosques and 20 surau in the state constituency of Penanti.
“I do not know if others want to swear or not but I know I did no wrong. This is between me and God,” he said.
Najib also made the same swearing by repeating the same words when he visited the Barisan Nasional (BN) operations room in Guar Perahu.
Meawnhile, Mongolia’s honorary consul in Malaysia, Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Habshi who also present, said: “Datuk Seri Najib’s swearing is true and it is accepted that he has no connection with Altantuya.”
Syed Abdul Rahman said when the murder happened he was the first Malaysian who knew of it and he was also the first to go to Mongolia to go over Altantuya’s documents.
“Not one document, photograph or video involved Najib,” he said.
Syed Abdul Rahman said Parti Keadilan Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia Today webmaster Raja Petra Kamaruddin and private investigator P Balasubramaniam had created a big lie.
“I regret they feel they know more about the case. Anwar lied that he met Altantuya’s father in Mongolia. At that time I knew Anwar was coming and took her father (Dr Shaarriibuu Setev) to Russia,” he said.
“No one knows more than me and Anwar had lied with several accusations against Najib,” Syed Abdul Rahman said.
He said the reason he was present at the function was to clarify the confusion as Anwar’s actions could affect the good relations between Malaysia and Mongolia and that he had been directed by Mongolia’s Prime Minister Sanjaa Bayar to assist.
Syed Abdul Rahman said after he was appointed by the Mongolian prime minister to investigate the murder of Altantuya, he discovered that Najib had nothing to do with the case.
He said he felt responsible to clarify the matter as if he kept quiet “the people will be more confused as more lies will be made and I feel ashamed that a national leader’s name who has no connection with the case has been tarnished by Anwar and Raja Petra.”
“It is very shameful when our national leader’s name is tarnished abroad as being involved in the case and that is why I have to clarify to the public about the lies that have been made,” he said.
Anwar at each rally in campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election has been alleging Najib had links to Altantuya.
On July 3, at a news conference in Petaling Jaya chaired by Anwar, Balasubramaniam produced a statutory declaration that alleged Najib had sexual relations with Altantuya but the next day retracted it and subsequently went missing together with his family.
Raja Petra posted articles on his website alleging Najib was connected to her murder and he (Raja Petra) has since been charged in court for it.
The Altantuya murder hearing is ongoing at the Shah Alam High Court.
Najib also said Anwar’s pledge to reduce fuel prices if he became prime minister was mere empty talk.
“That is the way he conducts politics…making all kinds of claims. But today the BN government delivered on this,” he said.