Jan 21, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Lingam says it is not Ahmad Fairuz

Datuk V. K. Lingam openly denied that he was speaking to former Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz. When asked whether he was the man in the video, he said: "It looks like me, it sounds like me".

While the person that recorded the whole conversation confessed today that Lingam was not drunk when he spoke on the phone.

So the conclusion is that he was not drunk, then he must be mad?. Someone should conduct a mental test on him?.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam today denied that he was speaking to former chief justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim on the telephone in the controversial video clip.

Lingam, 57, who took the witness stand before the Royal Commission of Inquiry, said he never had Ahmad Fairuz's telephone number and neither did Ahmad Fairuz have his telephone number.

"Until today I have never spoken to Ahmad Fairuz on the phone," Lingam said when questioned by conducting officer Datuk Nordin Hassan on whom he was speaking to on the telephone in the video clip.

"It looks like me," said Lingam when asked whether he was the man having a telephone conversation in the video clip.

"You (Nordin) can ask me a hundred questions (on the same matter), I will tell you the same answer. It looks like me," he reiterated.

Asked whether he knew the person who recorded the video clip, Lingam said he did not.

Lingam Was Not Drunk When He Spoke On The Phone, Says Witness
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam was not drunk or intoxicated when he spoke on the telephone allegedly brokering the appointment of judges, the Royal Commission of Inquiry heard Monday.

Loh Gwo Burne, a 34-year-old consultant, said there were "drinks" taken but he was of the opinion that not much drinks were consumed on that evening in late December 2001 in Lingam's house in Kelana Jaya.

"I don't think that even by the end of the night, Lingam was drunk," the 12th witness said in the inquiry which entered its 6th day today.

To a question by his counsel, Alex De Silva, on whether Lingam was "staging" it, Gwo Burne said: "No, sometimes I could hear a male voice on the other side (of the telephone)" but he could not hear what the person on the other end was saying.

While in Malaysiakini :
VK Lingam, the lawyer at the centre of the grainy video clip on judicial fixing, took the stand at 12.30pm today as the 13th witness at the royal commission tasked to investigate the tape.

Lingam was recorded during a private dinner at his house seven years ago of having a telephone conversation with the then chief judge of Malaya Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim.

According to Lingam, he saw the grainy 14-minute video, which was made public last September, on the Internet when he was overseas.

He told the commission that he knew both tycoon Vincent Tan and his business partner, Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said his law firm is one of Tan's Berjaya Group panel lawyer and had also done personal legal work for the tycoon since 1991.

Lingam also said that he knew Tengku Adnan since 1990 when he was the executive director of Berjaya Group.

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