Controversial blogger reveals that there was a plot to prevent Najib Tun Razak from taking over as prime minister in favour of Tengku Razaleigh.
PETALING JAYA: Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin today revealed that there was a plot engineered so that veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah can take over as prime minister from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“The objective was to block Najib Tun Razak from taking over as prime minister,” said Raja Petra, better known as RPK, in his website Malaysia Today in a follow-up to an interview which was broadcast on TV3 yesterday.
“If Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can be forced to resign and if Najib is blocked from taking over, then Tengku Razaleigh (Ku Li) could become the next prime minister.
“A meeting was held in Tengku Razaleigh’s office. About 30 people, including several Umno bloggers such as Big Dog were also there. PKR people like Adlan Benan Omar and Rafizi Ramli also came.
“Many others whom you will know if I mention their names also attended (I will leave it to them whether they want to surface, but they know who I’m talking about),” he wrote in an article titled ‘Now that the shit has hit the fan’.
“The purpose of this meeting was to explore how it can be engineered so that Tengku Razaleigh can take over as prime minister.
“My friend Nik Azmi Nik Daud alias Bul was the ‘main speaker’ with all the ideas on how this can be achieved.”
Raja Petra, fondly known as RPK, said that one way to stop Najib from assuming the premiership was by linking him to the Altantuya murder.
He added that the reports he wrote on Malaysia Today, alleging Najib and Rosmah Mansor were involved in the death of Mongolian model-translator Altantuyaa Shaarriibuu was based on intelligence reports by Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Azmi Zainal Abidin, the No 2 man in military intelligence.
However Raja Petra said he never got hold of the report but based his article after his friend Nik Azmi vouched for Azmi. Raja Petra subsequently named Azmi in a statutory declaration he made in June 2008.
The media, said Raja Petra, only highlighted that he had made a statutory declaration against Rosmah and two others, Lt Cols Aziz Buyong and Norhayati Hassan even though that was not case.
“Most seem to not understand that I did not make any allegation against Rosmah or the two Lt Cols. I made only an allegation against Lt Col Azmi Zainal Abidin, the number two in the special branch of the military intelligence.”
‘Sources became turncoats’
Raja Petra revaled that he first heard of Azmi via his friend, Nik Azmi alias Bul.
“Bul then related that Lt Col Azmi Zainal has a confidential report that proved that Rosmah, Lt Col Aziz Buyong, and his wife, Lt Col Norhayati Hassan, were present at the scene of Altantuya’s murder at the time she was murdered. Bul told me to expose this.”
Raja Petra then contacted Tengku Razaleigh’s aide, John Pang for verifications of these allegations.
“John confirmed that Tengku Razaleigh knew Lt Col Azmi well and that he visited Tengku Razaleigh’s office often. He also said that Tengku Razaleigh also knew about the story of this confidential military intelligence report about Rosmah and the two Lt Cols being at the scene of the crime.”
Unfortunately, said Raja Petra, both Pang and Nik Azmi have now become Najib supporters.
“Today, Bul declares that he is a strong Najib supporter and that he has always supported Najib from way back. Suddenly he is no longer the man who was scheming on how to block Najib from taking over so that Tengku Razaleigh can be the new prime minister.
“Bul, who promised me that he will make sure I will never go to jail and that the military intelligence report would surface the instant the police come for me, today tells me that the report no longer exists.”
“John Pang, however, is now with CIMB Jakarta and we all know who owns CIMB,” added Raja Petra. CIMB is owned by Nazir Razak, the Prime Minister’s brother.
Similarly Din Merican, a blogger who spoke to Anwar Ibrahim about the matter, and assured Raja Petra that Azmi as very reliable source, has washed his hands off after being disillusioned by PKR.
Yesterday Raja Petra’s recorded interview with TV3 focused on his statutory declaration. Part two of the interview will be aired today.
Raja Petra’s article