KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13: PKR leader Badrul Hisham Shaharin has accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of abuse of power by instigating the police to raid his parents’ house in Seremban with the aim of confiscating sets of books and videotapes on the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.
According to Badrul, popularly known as Chegubard, two police cars swooped down at his family home earlier this week, creating unnecessary noise and attention in a bid to embarrass them in front of their neighbours.
“But strangely the police didn’t have any warrant - the document they needed to have the most," Chegubard told Harakahdaily.
"Where is their respect for proper procedure and civilian rights? They also threatened to return with a warrant after my parents refused to entertain them."
Pussycat overseas, autocrat at home
A member of the PKR supreme council, Chegubard is a prominent human rights activist. He has often irked the Najib administration with his bombshell ceramahs or political lectures containing vivid details of how and why Altantuya had to be killed.
Altantuya was a 28-year Mongolian translator who was shot in the head and her body blown up with explosives by two former bodyguards of Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor. The gruesome murder, which has been splashed on international headlines across the world, took place in Selangor in 2006.
A private investigator P Balasubramaniam hired by Najib’s close associate Razak Baginda has gone on record to say that Altantuya was the PM’s mistress at one time. Both Najib and Rosmah have however denied ever knowing her.
Nevertheless, the rumour mill has continued to churn as till now, no one can explain why the two bodyguards – who had never met Altantuya before - would want to kill her.
“The police harassment is obviously an act of intimidation. Najib is afraid of the truth contained within the book-and-video set," Chegubard said.
“In front of the foreign media when they grill him about Altantuya, he is like a pussycat. But here at home with his own citizens, he behaves like an autocrat using the full might of the government machinery to go after them and cover up his misdeeds.
Behind the Altantuya Murder Mystery a bestseller
Chegubard had put on sale a package containing a book entitled 'Behind the Altantuya Murder Mystery' and two VCDS. The first VCD is a compilation of the Altantuya murder trial and a series of lectures on Rosmah’s alleged role in it.
The second VCD is a recording of three statements made by Najib with regard to his meeting with Saiful Bukhari Azlan and their alleged plot to topple Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim by framing him for sodomy.
The package priced at RM15 per set has been selling like hot cakes on the political lecture circuit.