Oct 14, 2008

Najib denies allegations of abuse, says SMS was private


Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied any abuse of power in relation to the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder investigations and the government's acquisition of 12 Eurocopter helicopters.
(Malaysiakini) Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today said that there was no abuse of power on his part in his exchange of text-messages with lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah in relation to the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.

"Why do I need to comment? Nothing. There is no abuse of power. It doesn't really matter.

"The important thing is that there is no abuse of power, whatever it is, the prime minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) has said enough," he told reporters in Parliament today.

Pressed by reporters, the deputy premier did not confirm or deny if he had sent the text-messages and whether he was trying to help his close ally, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda who has been charged with abetting the murder.

"Why should it be a major concern? The important thing that is of public concern is the (allegation of abuse of power). If you read it (the messages) very carefully, there is no abuse of power. Period."

Najib was responding to a report in Malaysia Today which published the alleged exchange of SMSes between him and Muhammad Shafee over the alleged involvement of Abdul Razak in the case.

Yesterday, Abdullah said he did not believe that his deputy would abuse his power.

Earlier today, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had urged the government to probe Najib for alleged abuse of power, stating that the latest development would affect the government's credibility.

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