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Prominent bloggers debunk authenticity of charge sheets

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – July 31, 2015: Several prominent bloggers have disputed the authenticity of the alleged charge sheets against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak publised by socio-political blog Sarawak Report.

Most of them shared the same view that the ‘absurd format’ of the leaked documents was the main reason for their doubts.

Copies of the alleged charge sheets had gone viral after it was published by Sarawak Report, which alleged that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was about to be charged with corruption by the Attorney-General’s Chamber.

Anonymous bloggers from The Unspinners, posted an explanation written by lawyer Ahmad Umar, where he debunked the authenticity of the charge sheets.

“That is not the actual format of an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant must have the reference number of the district police headquarters it is issued from.

“This fake arrest warrant has no reference number. In fact, the format in which the ‘arrest warrant’ was in the form of a charge sheet.

“Sarawak Report is trying to confuse the people between an arrest warrant and a charge sheet and this kind of charge sheet can be easily replicated by anyone,” he wrote.

Umar also pointed out that Sarawak Report had fabricated money trail of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd issue using Microsoft Powerpoint to substantiate its allegation that Najib had pocketed millions of taxpayers’ ringgits.

“Now they are using Word to keep on slandering the government in the hope of bringing it down…How many of us have actually seen a legitimate charge sheets and arrest warrants?” Umar wrote.

Sarawak Report had claimed that the draft charge sheet was given to them by inside sources and that it has verified the authenticity of the document with other ‘senior parties’.

The London-based blog tried to link such documents with the termination of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Pattail as the Attorney-General on Monday.

The blog also claimed that Gani was removed from his office and replaced with Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali because he was about to bring charges of corruption against Najib.

Blogger Lim Sian See, argued that “there is no way an experienced Attorney-General such as Abdul Gani Pattail would have gotten the honorary title Dato’ Sri wrong.”

“It is always either Dato’ Sri or Datuk Seri. No such title as Dato’ Seri exist.

“Heck! This is our Prime Minister’s official title and our Attorney-General that you are talking about!

“There is NO WAY Gani will make such a fundamental mistake on the title if the charge sheet was indeed drafted by him as alleged by Sarawak Report.

Lim believed that there is a possibility that such fake document was planted by someone in the AG’s office after Gani was removed from his post.

Similar doubts over the charge sheet’s veracity were also shared by prominent journalist blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan, also known as Rocky.

In his blog, Rocky’s Bru, Ahirudin is of the opinion that the publication of such charge sheets was a desperate attempt on the party of Sarawak Report’s owner Clare Rewcastle Brown to salvage “whatever’s left of her tattered reputation”.

“She knows that the Sarawak Report is not going to succeed in toppling the Malaysian Prime Minister (Najib).

“So, she was out to embarrass Najib Razak and David Cameron during the one-day working visit of her Prime Minister to Malaysia.

“But some Malaysians are helping sell Clare’s sheet to the really gullible among us because it serves their own agenda,” Rocky wrote in his blog.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, via his blog said Sarawak Report had “gone too far and action will be taken.”

“This document is nothing but a fabrication and the whole allegation merely a hoax meant to trigger unrest.

“Such actions are very dangerous because this is not just about libel or slander but threatens to cause civil unrest.

“This matter is already very volatile as it is and all its need is for people to be fooled into believing the lie for it to escalate and become explosive,” he wrote in his blog.

Salleh also holds the opinion that such matter has gone beyond politics since it can jeopardise national security.

He said the government should take immediate actions to guarantee Malaysians of their security.

Another prominent blogger, Helen Ang appears to be irritated by the “continuous lies” spread by Sarawak Report.

She said “they lie too much and all the time. It’s already second nature to them.”

“They said Zeti (Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Aziz) had a heart attack. Not true.

“They said Zeti quit as Bank Negara governor. Not true.

“They said Zeti is being probed by the police. Not true.

“They said the 1MDB files were reduced to ashes when fire broke out in Bukit Aman. Not true.

“They said the Negeri Sembilan MB (Menteri Besar) called for Najib’s arrest. Not true.

“They promised Justo they’d pay him USD$2 million for his stolen e-mail. Not true. They just took what he offered and then cheated him by not paying. There are no honour among crooks.

“Aren’t you gobsmacked at their vast capacity for cheating and lying? Naaaah, we shouldn’t be anymore. ‘Sudah terang lagi bersuluh’ the kind of people they are.

“They come from planet Zoid. That’s why their thinking is alien to human morality,” Ang wrote.

Since its launching in February 2010, Sarawak Report had been accusing several Malaysian leaders of wrong doings.

The allegations ranges from purpoted land grab and the setting up of personal empire by former Sarawak chief minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to what was described as shady multi-million ringgit deals’ to fund Hollywood film production by Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz.

Sarawak Report was also at the forefront in accusing Barisan Nasional of employing 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters to secure its victory during the last general election in 2013. The accussation was later on admitted to be false even by supporters of the opposition parties.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]