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Malaysiakini: Desperately seeking Bala and family

Posted on: July 6, 2008

Must people flee to save their lives…in tis country?

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Jul 5, 08 6:54pm
P Balasubramaniam, the private eye who made an explosive statutory declaration linking Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak to murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu – and retracted it a day later – has gone ‘missing’.

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Also missing are his wife and their three children.

balasubramaniam nephew 050708 with lawyerIn the latest twist to the drama, the investigator’s nephew R Kumaresan today lodged a police report over the disappearance of his uncle, aunt and their children.

Kumaresan, 27, who was accompanied by a lawyer, lodged the ‘missing person’ report at the Brickfields police station at 5pm.Kumaresan’s lawyer N Surendran told reporters that his client was “very close” to Balasubramaniam’s family and had lodged a report out of concern over their safety.

Surendran, who stressed that he was an independent lawyer and not linked to opposition PKR, said Balasubramaniam has left his home in Rawang, and his two dogs, without notifying anyone early yesterday morning.

“Balasubramaniam (and his family) has been suddenly uprooted and disappeared into thin air as far as my client is concerned,” said Surendran.

Nephew: Not in hiding

Quizzed by reporters later, Kumaresan refuted suggestions that Balasubramaniam had gone into hiding.

He said he had last spoken to Balasubramaniam after his uncle made his first statutory declaration on July 1.

“He gave a copy of the original statement to my brother, Segar, for safekeeping,” he said, adding that he was aware that his uncle would make public the document during a press conference.

Kumaresan said he managed to speak to Balasubramaniam’s wife on Thursday night after the press conference with Anwar Ibrahim and did not sense anything was amiss then.

balasubramaniam nephew 050708 reportHowever, Kumaresan believes that Balasubramaniam and his family had gone missing the following morning – the day the second statutory declaration was made – and they could not be contacted since.

Kumaresan told reporters that it was highly unusual for Balasubramaniam and his family to be incommunicado adding that they had not gone missing before.

“If he is detained, we want the police to tell us. I don’t think that he had gone into hiding,” he stressed, adding that Balasubramaniam had never expressed that he might be in danger.

Meanwhile, Batu MP Tian Chua who appeared later at the police station, told reporters that PKR was very concerned over Balasubramaniam’s safety.

“This is what happens when you don’t have witness or whistleblower protection laws. Important witnesses can be compromised,” he said.

Chua was among three Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives who appeared at the Brickfields police station to express support for Balasubramaniam.

Phone call from police

Yesterday, Balasubramaniam made a second statutory declaration retracting his first one which was made public on Thursday.

His original statutory declaration revealed stunning allegations linking Najib with Altantuya, including that he had an affair with the murdered woman.

However, all references to Najib were removed from his second statutory.

According to Balasubramaniam’s lawyer, Americk Singh Sidhu, he last saw the private investigator at 5.45pm on Friday after receiving a phone call from the police.

p balasubramaniam private investigator altantuya murder case 040708 01The next morning Balasubramaniam, along with a new lawyer (left), called a press conference where he produced a new statutory declaration.

He claimed that he made the original declaration “under duress” though he did not name those who had forced him to sign the document.

The press conference was so hastily organised that just about every reporter missed it with the exception of Bernama.

Balasubramaniam, who wore a baseball cap at the brief press conference, did not say much and left minutes after.

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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