PKR Sivarasa in trouble – spin of mixing truth and fiction

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KUALA LUMPUR – A purportedly pro-opposition blog has urged Pakatan Rakyat leaders to clarify Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s allegations that they had conspired with private investigator P. Balasubramaniam to implicate Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

In the Suara Pakatan Rakyat blog post titled “RPK: Benarkah PR Terlibat Mengada-adakan Isu Altantunya?” (RPK: Is is true that PR was involved in making up the Altantuya issue?), it had asked for all Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders alleged to be involved to clarify their position.

The post read: “The writer urges all PKR leaders mentioned in the article such as R.Sivarasa to clarify this matter to the public immediately.”

The post also stated such matter needs to be discussed because ever since the press conference held in the PKR headquarter on July 3, 2008 many people and have believed that Najib and Abdul Razak Baginda have played a role in the murder.

It stated the explanation needs to be done to clear Pakatan’s image from such gutter politics.

“If not Pakatan is no different than Barisan Nasional.”

Meanwhile Sivarasa in a statement accused Raja Petra, better known as RPK, of indulging in his usual spin of mixing truth and fiction when making the allegations.

Sivarasa did not deny having a lunch meeting with Balasubramaniam but he denied coaching the latter on what to say during the press conference.

“What RPK has omitted to mention from his story is that Americk Sidhu, a senior and reputable lawyer and who is also Bala’s lawyer, was present at the house and also at dinner at the Italian restaurant.

“It is quite far-fetched to suggest a scenario where I am coaching Bala in front of his own lawyer and people I had just met for the first time,” Sivarasa added.

His comment was made following the RPK’s recent posting in which he claimed that his first meeting with Balasubramaniam or better known as P.I Bala on July 2, 2008 was after receiving a call from Sivarasa.

In his posting RPK wrote: “Earlier that day, the PKR Member of Parliament for Subang and co-founder of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Sivarasa Rasiah, phoned me and asked me to go over to lawyer M. Puravalen’s house for a meeting regarding the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder.”

“And that was when I first met Puravalen, Bala and another ex-police officer,” claimed RPK.

RPK also wrote that Sivarasa had coached P.I Bala on what to speak during the press conference.

The blogger also alleged that Sivarasa had asked opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to arrange for a Chinese tycoon to pay Bala RM20,000 per month and for Bala’s house in Chennai, his car and life insurance, plus for his children’s education in an exclusive international school in Chennai.

It is reported that Minister in Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had said it is up for the authorities to investigate the authenticity of RPK’s claims.

“If what he said is proven to be true, then action will be taken against those who commit wrongdoing,” Nazri was quoted as saying. – The Mole