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‘Deepak spent millions on gems for Rosmah’

 | January 2, 2013

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli claimed that Deepak bought 19 types of jewellery, worth about RM13 million for the prime minister's wife.

PETALING JAYA: PKR today alleged that businessman Deepak Jaikishan spent about RM13 million in 2009 to purchase jewellery for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters here, PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said that the purchases involved 19 different types of jewellery from Hong Kong, ranging from necklaces to rings and bracelets.

“The purchases took place between March and May 2009, the time Najib became the prime minister,” said Rafizi.

Also present at the press conference were PKR MPs William Leong and Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Rafizi also produced several documents, including invoices and bank payment records made to two luxury jewellery companies based in Hong Kong – Dehres Limited and Firestone Corporation Limited.

The payments for the jewellery were made by two companies linked to Deepak – Carpet Raya Sdn Bhd and Carpet Plus Sdn Bhd.

Rafizi urged the authorities to investigate, alleging that the matter was nothing short of a corrupt act.

He said that it would not be difficult for an agency like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate as each luxury jewellery is unique, with its own reference code.

“For example, Deepak’s company made payment for the purchase of a diamond ring, code DR 2763, worth US$1.5 million.

“So we have its code and the MACC could easily trace this matter if it hauls up Deepak for an investigation,” Rafizi said, adding that it would be difficult for anyone to forge a bank record.

On arguments that Deepak could have purchased the jewellery for his own use, Rafizi said, “True but I don’t see Deepak wearing the jewellery.”

He added that the matter could be a tip of the iceberg as the transactions mentioned are only those made known to PKR.

Original statements

“That’s why we need the authorities to probe Deepak as only he can provide the original statements pertaining to these transactions,” said Rafizi.

On a related matter, Leong urged MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed to probe Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera’s (LTAT) decision to purchase an 80% stake in Deepak’s company Astacanggih Sdn Bhd.

Last month, Deepak decided to drop his lawsuit against Awan Megah Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Selangor Wanita Umno leader Raja Roopiah Raja Abdullah, on a case involving a land deal that went sour.

Subsequently, a unit with LTAT, Boustead Holdings Bhd, acquired the 80% stake in Astacanggih.

The move prompted PKR to accuse the government of attempting to stop Deepak from continuing his attacks against Najib and Rosmah.

Leong said that MACC’s continues silence on Deepak’s disclosures wil only tarnish the anti-graft body’s image among the public.

“It will show the public that MACC is not independent and is beholden to the powers-that-be,” he said.

Added Rafizi: “If the MACC refuses to investigate, we will have another press conference on Friday to reveal details on the land agreement between the Selangor Umno Wanita leader and the government.”

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