Blogger Shahbudin Husin says Prime Minister Najib Razak has no choice but to ensure Jho Low’s arrest and the re-opening of the Altantuya case.
The biggest favour Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak can do for himself now is to use his authority to ensure the arrest of businessman Taek Jho Low and the re-opening of the Altantuya murder case.
This advice is offered by political analyst Shahbudin Husin in his latest blog entry.
He notes that more and more Malaysians, including some quarters in Umno, are questioning Najib’s integrity because he has failed to give unequivocal answers to former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s questions about 1MDB’s finances and the identity of the person who allegedly ordered the 2006 murder, for which two policemen have been convicted and sentenced to death.
Shahbudin says Najib has no choice but to act on his advice if he wants to end the public questioning and perhaps quieten Mahathir.
He suggests that Jho Low be arrested and subjected to questioning, saying this is important because there is widespread suspicion that he is largely responsible for 1MDB’s alleged woes.
He notes that even prominent Umno figures are now pointing fingers at the flamboyant tycoon.
Although Umno Youth has pledged support for Najib, its leader, Khairy Jamaluddin on Tuesday called for an immediate probe into Jho Low’s role in 1MDB. Following that, Kepala Batas MP Reezal Naina Merican challenged Jho Low to return to Malaysia to explain himself. Yesterday, DAP’s Tony Pua urged the police to launch an immediate investigation into suspicions that Jho Low and Najib had committed offences against taxpayers.
“With the opposition and Umno in one chorus calling for a probe on Jho Low,” Shahbudin says, “it looks like there’s an increasing acceptance of the appropriateness of Mahathir’s criticism.
“It would therefore be praiseworthy for Najib to show courage by ensuring Jho Low’s return to Malaysia as soon as possible for the police to carry out a comprehensive investigation on him.
“In truth, Najib has no other choice.”
He says a similar level of courage is called for in the issue of the Altantuya killing, noting that even former IGP Musa Hassan, during whose tenure the murder was committed, has stated that there is nothing that should prevent the police from revisiting the case.
Shahbudin says it’s not enough that Najib has solemnly sworn that he never knew Altantuya because that does not answer the question of who ordered the murder.
“So, Najib,” Shahbudin says in ending his article, “let’s arrest Jho Low, re-open the Altantuya case, and end the story once and for all.”
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