Disputing the so-called video evidence, the carpet dealer says the conversation was taken out of context and he challenges those responsible to release the entire footage.
KUALA LUMPUR: Carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan today denied that his recent revelations about Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor were engineered by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, saying that his mention of the latter in a video footage was taken out of context.
Speaking to FMT today, he claimed that his detractors cooked up a story from the video footage that showed him mentioning several PKR leaders, including Anwar.
The footage (photo: below) has been widely circulated by pro-Umno bloggers.
“I did not say that I met Anwar,” he said. “What I said and what was written (in the blog) are two different things.”
He challenged the person who recorded the video to release the entire footage and the transcript of what he had said.
Last week, pro-Umno blogger Papa Gomo posted a two-minute clip in which Deepak is seen speaking to a few people off camera.
Aside from Anwar, Deepak also mentioned Subang MP R Sivarasa and PKR vice-presidents N Surendran and Nurul Izzah in the video.
“So he said I give you the place, whatever you want to do I help you, but you have to help me lah. Of course it is understood lah,” said the man in the video.
The video, according to Papa Gomo, was proof that Deepak had met with Anwar before he began his attacks against Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor on Nov 27.
“I didn’t know Anwar. And Sivarasa only came in for my court case at the last juncture. I never met Anwar in regard to this matter.”
The 40-year-old businessman also told FMT that the video was recorded at the house of an Umno supreme council member who, he claimed, had tried to “silence” him.
Without disclosing his name, Deepak claimed that the Umno leader was the one who met him on Nov 30 and asked him not to make any further statement until Umno’s annual general assembly was concluded on Dec 1. Deepak had made his first exposé on Nov 28.
He said he was not a member of any political party and that his only interest was business.
He claimed the government had caused a lot of disruption to his business after a land dispute involving him and Umno senator Raja Roopiah Abdullah.