Monday, August 25, 2008


The Straits Times

When Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak swore in a neighbourhood mosque here that he did not know the late Altantuya Shaariibuu, his oath stirred much excitement.

It was as much for the Permatang Pauh by-election as for his own political future.

'I am not afraid to utter these holy words in a mosque because I am speaking the truth,' Najib said on Friday night.

He has been battling accusations that he had an affair with Ms Altantuya, who was later found dead, and that his wife had a hand in her murder.

This had been rally fodder for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who gleefully used it to deflect attention from his sodomy case.

There is even a poster of Ms Altantuya in the main town of Seberang Jaya, with a plea for justice.


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