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Najib Eurocopter Deal And Altantuya SMS

The attacks over the Internet on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continue to mount.

Eurocopter EC 725 CougarJust days after allegations surfaced on jailed blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s website Malaysia Today over alleged interference in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder investigations, more claims have surfaced on the same website over allegedly shady defence deals.

In the latest posting entitled “Eurocopter”, a letter purportedly from Datuk Zahar Hashim, the chairman of Mentari Services Sdn Bhd, the local representatives for a Russian helicopter company, alleges irregularities in the recent award to Eurocopter for the supply of 12 new aircraft to replace the ageing Nuri fleet of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

The issue was highlighted in two letters dated Oct 7 and Oct 9 addressed to former defence minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also deputy prime minister and finance minister.

The letter claims the award was given to Eurocopter even though it was the most expensive of all the companies which submitted tenders. Eurocopter’s bid, it is claimed, is said to be more than RM1.4 billion over that of the lowest bidder.

The letter also claims no proper evaluation was conducted by the Defence Ministry.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by a mid-ranking officer in the ministry just two days before Najib switched portfolios and moved from the Defence Ministry to the Finance Ministry last month.

It was announced last month that Eurocopter had been awarded the contract to replace the RMAF fleet with 12 new Cougar EC 725 at a cost of RM2.317 billion.

The writer of the letter posted on Malaysia Today claimed his company represents Kelowna Flightcraft Limited of Canada, which offered the RMAF the Kazan MI-172 KF at a cost of RM898 million for 12 aircraft.

The letter alleged only documentary evaluation was made before the LOI was awarded to Eurocopter.

MalaysiaKini reported that Mentari Services Sdn Bhd chairperson Capt (rtd) Zahar Hashim has confirmed that he had penned a five-page letter last week questioning the alleged discrepancies in the government’s tender process for the procurement of a new fleet of helicopters for the armed forces.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will discuss the controversy surrounding the tender process for the procurement of new helicopters for the armed forces at its next meeting. But its chairperson Azmi Khalid tells reporters not to jump the gun when asked if the deputy premier would be called to attend the meeting.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he will meet with Defence Ministry secretary-general Abu Bakar Abdullah to seek clarification on the helicopter deal which has run into controversy and explain the matter to the public soon.

Malaysia Today also carried a report last Saturday detailing what it alleged was an exchange of text messages between Najib and Datuk Shafee Abdullah, the prominent lawyer who represented Abdul Razak Baginda before he was charged with abetting two police officers in the murder of the Mongolian model Altantuya.

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak 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 as reported by MalaysiaKini.

These SMSes — if true — have raised some questions over the handling of the case and suggest that Najib took a strong interest in the investigation from the beginning.

The SMS exchange, which went on from Nov 8 to Dec 2, 2006, has become great fodder for the opposition, especially since Najib is a cusp away from becoming the president of Umno and the prime minister of Malaysia.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has called for a probe on Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for allegedly abusing his power in relation to the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case and Eurocopter deal.

Anwar and the opposition have been trying to link Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor with the murder since it happened in October 2006.

Najib has furiously denied any involvement with the case, and has even sworn in a mosque that he did not know the woman.

Their nemesis has been Raja Petra. He published many reports and commentaries alleging a cover-up in the investigation of the murder. He was detained under the Internal Security Act for allegedly publishing articles which were blasphemous.

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  1. no imageFez (Check me out!) on October 16th, 2008

    I don’t know whether Najib had abused his power in the SMS allegations or not. But it’s obvious by his admittance he has something to do with the murder and the dead girl. He has implicated himself and he still don’t know it. What a fool.

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  4. Saiful Mohd Abdul Aziz on March 17th, 2009

    It’s pretty obvious these so-called leaders of Malaysia are just “Pure Liars”, especially the deputy premier and his “bought-wife” for the price of what was said to be rm4mil..
    From what i do read concerning Malaysian politics, these “toddlers” in politics just watch the CNN, BBC or rather go online to get other “Great Leaders” ideas of how a good economy is being developed and maintained..
    the main problem now is, Malaysia’s population consists of a higher percentage of “Uneducated Illiterates” who just follow what their leaders say, no matter how “Stupid” the so-called leaders are.. they are just “blind humans” being led by a bunch of “one-eyed crack-heads..”
    As long as the Malaysians remain this way (illiteracy), which i definitely believe will always be, their crack-head leaders will forever tramp on their heads, EXCEPT they all wake up now and fight for what is theirs, i hope..
    That’s just the simple summary about Malaysia (the copy-cat nation) and her politics..

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