Saturday, March 28, 2009

Najib addresses allegations

By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — Newly-elected Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak today slammed those who have made wild allegations against him as he prepares to take over the premiership next week.

Winding up the Umno General Assembly today, Najib told the delegates that the opposition has created two different standards of justice — one for them, and the other for the government.

"If anyone from the opposition is brought to court, they would say the judge is biased, prosecutor is unfair, police are wrong," said Najib.

"But if it involves any government figure, the moment they are charged, they will be assumed guilty. Evidence will be fabricated, non-existent pictures will be created and false witnesses will be hired," he added.

He also took the opportunity to slam opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for projecting himself to be clean.

"Now that he is in the opposition, suddenly he is seen as being innocent as an angel, clean like a newborn baby. But the truth is we know who he really is," said Najib, without mentioning Anwar's name.

Najib has been accused by his critics of involvement in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006, but he had denied meeting and knowing the woman.

His former advisor Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted last year of abetting in the murder.

As the date of his takeover of the government nears, the international media have been highlighting the case and the opposition has been relying heavily on those reports to cast doubts on Najib's credibility to lead the government.

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