Submarines: Who Is Funding SUARAM To Lie?


A straight-forward purchase of military assets has never before been politicized in a way the SUARAM did with the scorpene submarines.   The submarines case ‘emerged’ again in Bangkok recently, when SUARAM made a press statement to brief on the progress of the investigation by the French.  Admitting that the case sounded like a Hollywood spy thriller, SUARAM continued to precede the court, calling the government corrupt and the Prime Minister, a murderer!

The judge said that the investigations will not complete in 2-3 years, so why can’t SUARAM just sit still and wait for the verdict?  Why the press conference?  Why the publicity?   Why now?

In talking about the case, one must have a fair knowledge of SUARAM’s background.  With the General Election around the corner, the motive of SUARAM in bringing back the dead is clear.  

SUARAM is an NGO that has been highly critical of the government.  This is understandable as it was formed by families of ISA detainees.    In other words, it was formed out of grudges, vandettas, revenge and it breathes on unsettle scores with the government.    And working with the oppositions is the best way to revenge the government. 

SUARAM claimed to have gained full privileged access to the 153 investigation papers from the public prosecutor’s office and now selectively briefing the people from the list.  It is obvious that SUARAM is trying to portray itself as an independent board that has the power to determine justice.   Whereas, in this case, SUARAM is just a plaintiff a.k.a the complainant who has no right to draw conclusion as whether corruption did occur, what more link it to murder.  

Therefore, as a responsible organization with no hidden or evil agenda, it is only best and sensible for SUARAM to let the case proceed ‘peacefully’ in court.  

But SUARAM just can’t sit still.  They need to tarnish the government’s image and smear the PM’s name in order to help the opposition gain some political mileage, up till the election.  Should their lies be exposed later after the election, then be it.   Right now, the SUARAM is determined to continue lying that the PM or his wife had murdered Altantuya, a Mongolian model cum an interpreter and a mistress, who asked for her part of the commission from the scorpene’s transactions. 

But their lies have already been exposed.  The original ‘hollywood spy thriller’ script has been scrapped-off by the writer himself, Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK).   In an interview, RPK exposed how he made-up the hearsay story, as ordered by some parties in the oppositions. 

The script was also way too dramatic that it failed to tally with the facts.  The facts remained that at the time of the murder, the PM was attending a ‘buka puasa’ program in Kedah while his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah had a separate ‘buka puasa’ program with the orphanage in Tabung Haji, Kuala Lumpur.  There are video, pictures and alibis to confirm that Datin Seri Rosmah was never at the crime scene, as written by RPK, in his original script.

The PM didn’t know Altantuya, and that’s a fact too.   The badly ‘doctored-picture’ by Tian Chua, Vice President of PKR showing them together, is in itself a proof of lie made by the oppositions.   To stress the fact that he didn’t know the girl, the PM was more than ready to swear in the name of Allah, as according to the Islamic procedures – and he did, not once, but 4 times.  No Muslims in their right minds would swear in the name of Allah should they are not truly innocent. 

The Malaysian court not only could not find anything to connect the PM or the wife with the murder but there were also no commissions or an Interpreter ever mentioned in the murder trial.   This is because, Altantuya was not an interpreter as there was no interpreter needed in the scorpene’s transactions since all conversations and documentations are in proper English. 

So, looking at it all, it is no doubt that Scorpene and Altantuya’s life was nothing but a political game for the Oppositions…and SUARAM too. 

In their statement, SUARAM claimed to have gained full privileged access to the 153 investigation papers from the public prosecutor’s office and now selectively briefing the people from the list.  It is obvious that SUARAM is trying to portray itself as an independent board that has the power to determine justice.   Whereas, in this case, SUARAM is just a plaintiff a.k.a the complainant, who has no right to draw conclusion as whether corruption did occur, what more link it to murder.

Nevertheless, SUARAM admitted that they can’t take any evidence outside of France and that the briefing was based on no hard evidence, but their words alone. 

Well, we have heard enough of their words and the more we hear, the fishier it becomes.  How do we take words from the families of the people who were caught under ISA - most probably for potentially imposing danger to national security?  How do we take words from the people who are full of hatred and grudges?  How do we take their words when most of their words have been proven to be lies? 

In scrutinizing SUARAM’s motive, we must agree that grudges alone do not generate money.   So, where does SUARAM get all the money to hire two highly paid French lawyers, namely Joseph Breham and William Bourdon to represent them?   Are they paid by the hour, like most western and european lawyers are?  Note that these lawyers were taken to Malaysia and then Bangkok just for publicity purposes.   And how many of SUARAM’s officers are there in France to monitor the case, and for how long?   Who paid for their travelling expenses, lodging, meals, refreshments, documentations?  …And how much? 

We know that SUARAM is small organization, almost unknown to ordinary Malaysians.  How can they afford all these? 

I’m sure, by now everybody would agree that it is beginning to look like SUARAM is the one should be under trial, not our government.  - BB 
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