Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he has never known or met murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, despite all the wild allegations made against him.Najib said as a responsible citizen, he would again reiteratd that he had never known or even met this woman before. And that he prays the court will continue to seek justice and uphold the law without any interference.
Najib was replying to points raised by MPs in parliament during the debate on the Royal Address in Parliament. He also thank God for giving him the strength to stave off all wild allegations, accusations and lies thrown at him when trying to link the murder case to him just for the sole purpose of trying to smear his reputation to the maximum.
Several opposition MPs, debating the motion of thanks to the King, had linked Najib to the late model. The allegations triggered heated exchanges between government backbenchers and the opposition. Najib's response on the Altantuya case came at the tail-end of his hour-long speech, which was largely delivered without interference from questioning MPs.
For the submarines, he said the contract valued at STG1.084 billion (RM5.5 billion) included the actual acquisition price of STG969.15 million and co-ordination and support services worth STG114.96 million.
"The claims that RM350 million was paid to Perimekar Sdn Bhd as commission are not true read more here. "No commission was paid. The RM350 million was the value of the work done by Perimekar Sdn Bhd as the project services provider (read more here)," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Ind-Pasir Mas).
Najib told the House that the agreement to acquire the Scorpene submarines was signed on June 5, 2002 between the Malaysian government, DCNS from France and Navantia of Spain. DCNS, a French government-owned company, and Navantia were engaged as the submarine providers while Perimekar Sdn Bhd came on board as project services provider.
Najib said the purchase of the Sukhoi jets was made directly through the Rosoboronexport company, which was owned by the Russian government. He said IMT Defence (M) Sdn Bhd, which is the sole representative for Rosoboronexport in Malaysia, was appointed by the Russian company.
"The government is not involved in business dealings between the two companies. I must stress that the government did not pay any commission to IMT Defence (M) Sdn Bhd as claimed." Najib said for both the Scorpene and Sukhoi acquisitions, the cost differed from purchases by other countries depending on the specifications.
Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) had asked why the Malaysian Scorpene had cost more than those purchased by Chile and India. Najib said purchase of Scorpene made by Indian and Chile is not the same as the one purchased by Malaysia.
He said one can only compare apple with apple since our submarine specs are not the same and that he could not reveal the extra fittings or equipment made on the purchased Scorpene due to security reasons.
On Wan Azizah allegations or corrupt practices in awarding of the RMN to PSC Naval Dockyard, she was stumped by the answer given to parliament that the man who awarded the contract to PSC Nava Dockyard was none other than her husband Anwar Ibrahim, who was the Finance Minister of Malaysia then, and who is now the "great" adviser to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Wan Azizah then quietly sat down. (read more here).