“This is one of the most unprincipled and shameless resolutions ever adopted by any body of the United Nations in the history of that now benighted Organization. It would be as if the U.N. Human Rights Council had congratulated the Nazi government for the “liberation” of the Jews in Poland after its illegal and genocidal invasion of that country in 1939,” said Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, referring to the resolution passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Sri Lanka war.
“This Resolution simultaneously gives the imprimatur of the U.N. Human Rights Council to the ethnic cleansing, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes that the Government of Sri Lanka has already inflicted upon the Tamils in the past , as well as the Council’s proverbial “green light” for the GOSL to perpetrate and escalate more of the same international crimes against the Tamils in the future,” Boyle said.
“The U.N. Human Rights Council and those member States that voted in favor of this Resolution have thereby become ACCESSORIES AFTER THE FACT to the GoSL’s genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing against the Tamils in the past, as well as AIDERS AND ABETTORS to future acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing that the GOSL will undoubtedly inflict upon the Tamils thanks to this Resolution-all in violation of the Genocide Convention, the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Two Additional Protocols of 1977 as well as the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.
“Sri Lanka, together with these other Council States, are contracting parties to some or all of these International Criminal Law Conventions and therefore must be held accountable for their violation and international crimes against the Tamils,” Boyle added.
“History shall so judge them all!
“Orwell stands vindicated by the U.N. Human Rights Council: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS FREEDOM, THE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL LOVES BIG BROTHER,” Boyle said, indicating he is deeply disturbed by the U.N. action.
The recent efforts to smear the reputation of former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim is to help shore up the attorney-general’s position ahead of July’s sodomy trial, said Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The sodomy trial, Anwar’s second in 10 years, will kick off on July 1 and the hearing will continue for three weeks.
Without deliberating much on the trial, parliamentary opposition leader Anwar indicated that he would certainly raised the issue of the alleged fabrication of evidence in his black-eye case during the trial.
AG Abdul Gani Patail and inspector-general of police Musa Hassan are both embroiled in the infamous 1998 black-eye episode for allegedly tampering with evidence in the bid to protect the culprits who had assaulted Anwar while he was held in police custody.
“The personal attack on Mat Zain is an effort to strengthen AG’s position and defence in my upcoming trial,” said Anwar, the Permatang Pauh parliamentarian.
Given that the testimony of Mat Zain, who had led the investigation into the black-eye incident, would be vital, Anwar believes a concerted character assassination campaign is being carried out against the retired top cop.
He said the May 14 bankruptcy notice against Mat Zain was issued a month after the former CID chief had submitted an appeal to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission seeking a review to the findings of the three-member independent panel which cleared Gani and Musa of criminal wrongdoings in the black-eye incident.
Mat Zain’s bankruptcy order was widely reported in the media on Wednesday, which prompted the former chief investigating officer in the police force to suggest that “powerful hidden hands” were at work to destroy his credibility.
“It would only enhance my resolve to disclose the whole truth of the ‘black-eye’ episode. Believe me, this is not the only case the duo (Gani and Musa) had their fingers in. There are others which are just as sensational. The truth shall prevail,” Mat Zain had vowed.
Speaking to journalists after a Pakatan Rakyat rally in Mengkuang Titi during Penanti by-election last night, Anwar described the smear campaign was to spook Mat Zain from testifying in the upcoming trial.
“I sympathise with him … I know he is upset, and feel alone and embarrassed. (But) he has the courage from the very beginning to reveal the truth,” said Anwar, the PKR supremo.
Malays urged to reject ‘racist’ Umno
On July 7 last year, Anwar filed a police report accusing Gani, Musa and one Dr Abdul Rahman Yusof and Mat Zain of falsifying a medical report on the black-eye incident.
“The issue of fabrication of evidence involving top public officers in the country is a serious issue,” said Anwar.
Earlier at the political rally, Anwar slammed Umno of being intolerant of non-Malays where many of them were arrested during a series of candlelight vigils. He called on Malays to denounce such an arrogant show of power.
Anwar added that the recent police raid on DAP headquarters in Petaling Jaya exposed Umno’s racism where it is widely seen as an attempt to crack down on a leading predominantly Chinese party.
“Umno is trying to demonstrate that it can wield its power at will against the non-Malays. Malays should be ashamed of this.
“The Malay populace shall only revere a Malay leadership which has earned respect from non-Malays through its goodwill, not by abusing its power and acting unjustly,” he told the 500 mostly Malay crowd at the ceramah.
Anwar also questioned the sincerity of Umno in seeking to win over the non-Malay electorate on one hand while “victimising” them at the same time.
“Is this the leadership that the Malays want? A true Malay Muslim citizen should reject such leadership,” said the Pakatan leader.
Evidence gathered by The Times newspaper has revealed that at least 20,000 Tamil people were killed on the Mullaitivu beach by Sri Lanka Army shelling. Aerial photographs, official documents, witness accounts and expert testimony collected by the newspaper “present clear evidence of an atrocity that comes close to matching Srebrenica, Darfur and other massacres of civilians,” the paper’s editorial says. Confidential UN documents acquired by The Times record nearly 7,000 civilian deaths in the ‘no-fire’ zone up to the end of April. UN sources said that the toll then surged, with an average of 1,000 civilians killed each day until May 19.
|Times photo gallery of Tamil slaughter|
“These figures are not even complete yet,” the UN source told the paper. “It’s going to end up way more.”
Three independent defence analysts who examined photographs of Sri lanka Army and LTTE firing positions taken over the no-fire zone confirmed that the range of the LTTE weaponry and the narrowness of the zone make it unlikely that LTTE munitions caused significant civilian casualties.
|Times video of Tamil slaughter|
The Times reported acquisition of the evidence of the “hidden massacre” of Tamil civilians by Sri Lanka’s Army in a set of articles Friday.
The paper also slammed the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution Wednesday congratulating Sri Lanka’s conduct of the war.
Responding to The Times report Friday, Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona called the 20,000 figure “absolutely unfounded, with no basis of fact” and accused the paper of bias.
“The Times have been carrying on a campaign and has been using us,” Kohona told CNN.
“Sri Lanka succeeded in eliminating a deadly terrorist group and we also rescued 260,000 hostages, and now The Times wants to turn the clock back and make the allegations, which are unfounded.”
The full text of The Times editorial, titled ‘Slaughter in Sri Lanka’, follows
“Deeply disappointing” was how a human rights group yesterday described the vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council hailing the victory of the Sri Lankan Government. This is a breathtaking understatement. It was an utter disgrace. The 47-member body, set up in 2006 to replace the previous corrupt and ineffectual UN Commission on Human Rights, has abjectly failed one of its first and most important tests.
It was asked by its European members to investigate widespread reports of atrocities and war crimes committed by both government troops and the Tamil Tigers in the final weeks of the conflict. The council chose instead to debate a one-sided, mendacious and self-serving motion put forward by the Sri Lankans. This welcomed the “liberation” of tens of thousands of the island’s citizens, condemned the defeated Tigers, made no mention of the shelling of civilians and kept silent on the desperate need to allow the Red Cross and other humanitarian groups into the camps where some 270,000 Tamil civilians have been interned.
Support for this deeply flawed resolution came from the usual suspects – China, Russia, India, Pakistan and a clutch of Asian and Islamic nations determined to prevent the council ever investigating human rights violations in their own or any country. It was sad to see Israel, for obvious political motives, joining in this charade, claiming that massacres, violence, repression and internment are an “internal affair”.
To her credit, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, insisted that there needed still to be an inquiry into “very serious abuses”. Those abuses, it now emerges, are far, far worse than the outside world imagined. The UN estimated that 7,000 people were killed in the first four months of this year; the figure now appears to be at least 20,000. Thousands of these victims died as a result of the shelling by the Sri Lankan Army of the strip of coastline where the final remnants of Tiger resistance were trapped, along with at least 100,000 civilians.
Photographs taken by The Times present clear evidence of an atrocity that comes close to matching Srebrenica, Darfur and other massacres of civilians. In the sandy so-called no-fire zone where the trapped Tamil civilians were told to go to escape the brutal army bombardment, there are hundreds of fresh graves as well as craters and debris where tents once stood. This was no safe zone. This was where terrified civilians buried their dead as the shells landed – after the Government had declared an end to the use of heavy weapons on April 27.
Some civilians were probably killed by the Tigers, whose brutality and ruthlessness over the past 28 years has fully justified their depiction as terrorists. Finding out what happened, however, is impossible: the army has barred entry to all outsiders. Food is short, sanitation appalling; wounded and traumatised civilians are in desperate need of help. That much is clear from those who have been able to escape. More sinister reports are now circulating of systematic “disappearances”, of families separ- ated and young men taken away. But until the Government allows in aid workers, the presumption must be that it wants nothing to be heard or seen of what is going on.
This tactic was used in the final push to beat the Tigers. The army wanted no witness to the onslaught, no journalists to alert the world to human rights violations, no photographers to record the suffering. Sri Lanka, now basking in its victory, may set the pattern for other nations battling against insurgencies. For them, victory is all that matters. Most of Sri Lanka may rejoice at the end of a bloody civil war. But the UN has no right to collude in suppressing the appalling evidence of the cost. The truth must be told.
|Times:||Slaughter in Sri Lanka|
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
SHAH ALAM, May 29 — Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Khir Toyo criticised the Home Ministry for being slow in providing stateless Malaysians with proper birth certificates and identify cards.
“We hope that the Home Ministry and the minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will be able to look at this issue objectively. I hope the ministry will be able to establish a special task force to help solve a problem which is at a very critical stage,” he said.
He said that Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) compiled 5,000 cases from January 2008 and had submitted 200 applications to the Home Ministry but only 30 applications had been processed and of those, only 16 had been approved.
“I feel sad because there has not been any concrete action taken by the Home Ministry. We have compiled 5,000 cases and 10 per cent are Malays, 15 per cent are Chinese and 75 per cent are Indians,” he explained.
Khir stressed that if this problem was not solved, it would lead to a bigger social problem which will further weaken the government’s and BN’s credibility.
He also blasted former Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for not doing enough to resolve this issue.
“I have brought this case to the supreme council and they said that they would take special action. During that time Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar was the Home Minister and I brought the issue twice to the supreme council but I didn’t get a good response,” he added.
He said that he will meet the Home Minister and the director-general of the National Registration Department and pressure them to assign special officers to resolve this problem.
Selangor BN will also set up a special task force and open a help centre in Shah Alam for Malaysians who do not have any identification papers.
“I think this issue is very important because in Selangor alone there are 5,000 cases… try to imagine how many more cases there are in Malaysia.
“This is the main reason behind many criminal acts. When these children grow up, they cannot find work because they do not have any identification and they have to resort to crime,” he said.
Khir told reporters that he felt it was his responsibility to help them because the cases involve Selangor and he was the former mentri besar.
The MIC Youth wing is disappointed with Sri Lankan High Commissioner DD Ranasinghe for not apologising over his ‘jokers’ remark and is now planning its next course of action.
The movement’s advisor S Vell Paari said that he would be writing to the Foreign Ministry on Monday asking for the high commissioner’s diplomatic immunity to be revoked.
“We want him to be stripped of his immunity and made a persona non grata for insulting Malaysians who were performing their democratic rights.
“Under the Vienna Convention, his acts can be deemed as getting involved in the internal affairs of this state.
“Adding to that he had also made a very undiplomatic remark about the citizens of this country,” Vell Paari told Malaysiakini today.
Ranasinghe had come under fire from various quarters after he had labelled the anti-Sri Lankan protesters who had gathered at Batu Caves last Sunday as “jokers”.
He had said this when he was asked if his government would take the protesters’ concerns into consideration.
“It doesn’t matter to us. We won’t take any action. Why should we? They are jokers,” he told Malaysiakini on Wednesday.
He was referring to the gathering organised by the World Tamil Relief and the Coalition of NGOs movements and attended by many prominent local politicians and some 5,000 people.
At the rally, the people had voiced out their anger over humanitarian crisis affecting the innocent civilians in Sri Lanka as a result of the war between the government and LTTE.
Envoy denied making the remark
The envoy’s remark drew criticism from many people, including the rally organisers and participants.
Vell Paari had also issued a 48-hour deadline to Ranasinghe to apologise over his remark. The dealine expires at midnight today.
However with the deadline looming, Ranasinghe has instead denied making that remark.
In a statement issued to Tamil dailies yesterday, the envoy had said that he was misquoted by Malaysiakini.
Vell Paari meanwhile was not relenting in wanting the envoy to apologise.
“He might be thinking that he can treat the Tamils here just like how his government has been treating the Tamils there.
“But we will show him that we are smarter than he thinks. We will act intelligently to make him realise that he was wrong in undermining us,” he said.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
By Adib Zalkapli and Jack Ooi
PETALING JAYA, May 28 – One worker was killed and six others are still trapped when the Jaya supermarket building in Section 14, a Petaling Jaya icon being torn down for redevelopment, collapsed today during demolition works that went awry in the busy commercial district.
Selangor Fire Department chief Soiman Jahid said his team rescued the first worker at 5.45pm, an hour after the collapse.
A second worker was rescued at 6pm and sent to the Universiti Hospital but a third worker retrieved at 6.45pm died.
There were nine workers, all Indonesians, when the building collapsed at 4.45pm.
“We are working on the assumption that everyone is still alive, so we have to be careful,” said Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed.
Police have now put a 5km security cordon around the area as ambulances rushed the injured to the nearby Universiti Hospital.
Rescue workers from the fire department are still at the scene rescuing those trapped in the rubble.
Originally called the Jaya Shopping Centre, the landmark was built in 1974 and was one of the first supermarkets in Petaling Jaya that survived the many facets of development until now.
It began with the Cold Storage chain before becoming the Giant supermarket a few years ago.
It was one of the few lifestyle centres in Petaling Jaya before the introduction of bigger shopping malls in the Klang Valley. There are several new developments across the road that have also taken up former tenants who moved out last year when it was closed down for redevelopment.
The shopping centre was involved in a controversy in the early 1990s when it built a 10-storey car park extension – four storeys higher than what the building plans approved by the then Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ).
The building has four storeys of retail units, office units and a multi-level carpark.
MORE TO COME
At the halfway mark of their Penanti by-election campaign, Pakatan Rakyat believes its chances for another thumping win will hinge on getting voters to come to the ballot boxes this Sunday, rather than on the competition put up by the three Independents, including the controversial Aminah Ahmad.
Said PKR strategic affairs director Tian Chua: “Our main focus remains on how we can encourage people to turn out to vote. Many of our supporters here are too sure of victory. We have to work extra hard to persuade them not to be too confident and to make the effort to come to the polling stations this Sunday.”
Pakatan partner PKR is fielding former USM lecturer Mansor Othman in the four-cornered contest. Mansor will face Aminah, a former PKR state Wanita chief, Nai Khan, the newly-resigned Gerakan Youth chief of Teluk Wang branch and businessman Kamarul Ramizu.
Arch-rival Umno-BN is sitting out after coalition president and Prime Minister Najib Razak decided to ‘save costs’. His controversial decision has drawn jeers of cowardice, not just from opposition politicians, but also from within his own Umno party.
A revealing referendum – already trailing in the approval ratings
Despite the decision not to face up to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim at Penanti, the by-election is still billed and eagerly watched as a revealing referendum on Najib’s first 60 days in office. He assumed the premiership on Apr 3.
“Najib will have a tough time convincing Malaysians he is offering anything new. He has neither demonstrated his ability to provide leadership nor far-sighted planning,” said Tian..
“Look at his handling of the Perak crisis, the split within the PPP, the unresolved tensions in Terengganu and the new challenges in Kelantan and Perlis. By not contesting in Penanti, what has he achieved? More flak for himself and his party! He must realise that he can never gag people or police their thoughts. Respect must be earned not forced.”
Indeed a poll carried out by PKR in Penanti showed that the unpopular PM only managed to score a 28 percent approval rating. The poll was carried out on a sample size of 3,374 constituents.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng took top place with 59 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied with him, while Anwar bagged 58 percent approval rating. Even Najib’s deputy Muhyiddin Yassin scored higher than him with 39 percent.
Tian said despite Najib’s boycott, Pakatan ceramahs or political lectures were well attended even by Umno supporters, who had been asked to ignore the campaigning. In fact, Umno leaders have been busily offering free trips to northern border sex-and-shopping towns in a bid to lure voters away on the May 31 polling day.
“I suppose our supporter laugh at Najib’s cowardice, his inconsistency in not wanting to contest here but his eagerness to put up a candidate in Manik Urai in Kelantan.”
“So far, Umno supporters have been quiet, although many come to our ceramahs. But it is still early to gauge what Umno supporters will do on voting day,” Tian said.
A quiet and pleasant electorate unruffled by Aminah’s bid for publicity
Penanti is a small constituency of 15,384 voters. It is located on mainland Penang, with padi fields, rubber and palm oil plantations dotting a landscape made up of little villages and a smattering of commercial activities.
It is also a Malay heartland. Most of the folk are industrial workers and small businessmen. Some 73 percent of voters are Malay, 24 percent are Chinese, and 2 percent are Indian.
According to Tian, most of the electorate have been generous with their feedback.
While keenly interested in national issues and the troubles overwhelming their counterparts in neighbouring Perak, they have also been vocal on local issues and the direction Penang was headed for in the coming years.
“Yes, the audience likes to hear talk on Perak. They are quite a savvy lot and very in touch at the national level. On the local side, their feedback, if anything negative, would be on smaller matters such services, lamp-pole, road repairs etc,” Tian said.
Of the three Independents, it is Aminah and Gerakan dark horse Nai Khan who are likely to pose the bigger problem to Mansor. Aminah hit the headlines by releasing a controversial CD recording of a conversation with two PKR leaders whom she alleged had tried to ‘bribe’ her into withdrawing from the by-election.
Both men – Cheah Kah Peng and Peter Lim – have denied the accusations and the PKR has proceeded with legal action against. But the 56-year staunch supported of Ezam Mohd Nor, the former PKR Youth chief who was lured away to Umno by Najib last year, has promised to reveal more ‘dirt’ on her former colleagues.
Said Tian: “This is part of campaigning – the good and the bad, the ugly and the sad. But I doubt she will swing many votes. The press are all going after her as it is sensational, otherwise the news reports on the by-election would be too mundane.
“For example, her claim that we offered her the deputy chief minister post is just too ridiculous. We are confident that her support will not grow.”
LIM KIT SIANG’S BLOG
Re your blog entitled “Malaysian Ambassador to US – why Ghazzali and JJ on the short-list?”, some additional information that may be handy:
JJ was sent to DC by the Prime Minister to join Anifah during the visit. This is tantamount to Anifah being shadowed by a trusted crony.
However, Anifah did NOT include JJ among those attending the meeting with Hilary Clinton – this suggests that Anifah did not wish to be overshadowed.
While Anifah’s attack on Anwar at the Press Conference was puzzling, it is likely that he was egged on by JJ.
JJ ‘s actions are consistent with his previous track record and lends support to the view that JJ’s primary task as Ambassador in Washington will be to smear Anwar in Washington as the show trial moves forward.
In conversations with folks he indicated that he would use his “network” presumably the Malaysia-US Friendship Council; he is also indicated that he would spend 6 weeks there and considerable time in KL.
Thus he will be a “part-timer”. If so he will need to be “assisted” – hence the notion that Ghazzali should be in the US as well!
Incidentally, the latter’s name after languishing at the State Department for half a year was withdrawn. The inaction on the part of the US was in a sense a rejection – other Ambassadorial nominees of other countries e.g. Thailand were approved speedily. The languishing was linked presumably with Ghazzali’s entanglement with the Jack Abramoff affair.
It is too much of a coincidence that JJ is under consideration as he is also tainted by the Abramoff connection. As an ambassador he will be living in a glass house so he should make sure to improve official ties between the US and Malaysia instead of using lobbyists such as the disgraced Abramoff or fictitious associations such as Malaysia America Friendship council established by JJ.
A simple google search shows that the Malaysia-US Friendship Council uses Foley Hoag, a lobbying company to carry out its lobbying activities.
According to Open Secrets, a website that tracks all lobbying expenditures incurred by the various lobbying entities registered in the United States, the Malaysia-US Friendship Council paid Foley Hoag more than $904,000 to carry out lobbying activities. An article from the Washington Post makes reference to JJ and his role in setting up the Council. There are stories that JJ was the fund raiser —– among the rumored contributors were Tenaga (JJ was the Chairman at that time) YTL, Genting Power. Your questions in Parliament to Syed Hamid Albar were never fully answered as to the source of funds.
A Malaysian lawyer working with Foley Hoag, Alima Joned, is a principal officer of the council.
JJ’s name has not been submitted to the US as yet. The stories in the Malaysian media are perhaps a testing of the waters. The State Department and other US Agencies are probably doing their own due diligence in advance. Even on the basis of what is in the public domain, stormy weather is likely to be encountered. Incidentally, JJ committed a faux pax by doing personal lobbying with US officials during his visit to the US.
Bottom line: all this is most damaging to building relationships with the new US Administration, more so as during the Bush years the Democrats were ignored; almost all energies were channeled cultivating the neo-cons. JJ’s suitability to act as the Malaysian voice in Washington is questionable, especially at this point of time.
THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE MIGHT OF THE PEN WEBSITE
WRITTEN BY THE FATHER OF ALL EXTREMISTS, MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
1. We are all held to ransom by extremists. We want to be rational and we all want to do what is best for ourselves and our country. We all want the best for our children and their future. But we cannot do all these because if we do we will be accused of being traitors, not supporting our own community or our own religion. We will be demonized etc.etc.
2. So willy-nilly we become the instruments of these extremists and their narrow jingoism, to our own detriment.
3. In Malaysia we are constantly being asked to confront each other on racial issues. Disputes cannot be resolved by rigidity in our stand. But we have to be rigid if we do not want to be vilified.
4. It is a miracle that this multi-racial country has remained stable and peaceful for so long. If the extremists can have their way we would all be at each others throats. We would be demonstrating in the streets and at the airports. If we do not accede to the wished of the extremists than we cannot even make a living, there will be no investments and no jobs for the workers.
5. Today we are grappling with the problem of education. We have three streams and woe betide anyone who suggests that we should not have them. We talk of liberal society, of free speech, but if you express some commonsensical views you would be labelled racist.
6. Then there is the controversy over the teaching of science and mathematics in English. We curse the person who had proposed this, calling him a betrayer of his mother tongue, of the national language. Then there are those who want to carry out a nationwide strike if the policy is not changed.
7. I am ready to surrender to the extremists, to pay the ransom demanded. What does it matter if the country goes up in flames, if the extremists win the day? What does it matter if the life of our children and their children is blighted? Anything for a quiet life. I want to be a member of the silent majority and just acquiesce. However the habit of a lifetime just refuse to go.
The Mighty Pen says: However hard Mahathir tries to clean himself, he is still the same old dirty extremist Malaysia has ever produced! Keep cleaning Mahathir!
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has recorded statements from two Penang PKR leaders who were alleged to have offered bribe to local party women leader Aminah Abdullah in a bid to coax her into withdrawing from the Penanti by-election.
When contacted, PKR Batu Kawan division deputy chief Peter Lim and supreme council member Cheah Kah Peng confirmed that their statements were recorded at the Penang MACC office yesterday at 10am and 4pm respectively.
It is understood that MACC has also called another person for questioning, but no details on his identity was available.
Lim, who is an aide to Penang state exco Law Choo Kiang, said MACC officers had quizzed him for four hours.
He added that the commission had asked him to help the investigation as a witness under Section 30(3)(B) of the MACC Act.
However, he refused to elaborate on the issue, saying that it was “normal procedure.”
“I merely repeated to the MACC officers what I explained in the press conference that day,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cheah said he was quizzed for two hours, without the presence of a lawyer.
“The MACC officers mainly asked me about the chronological details, including the time and location of the meeting and my relationship with Aminah,” he said.
He also revealed that the officers asked him if he had acted on the instructions of any quarters, which he denied.
Aminah, the former Penang PKR Wanita chief, had spiced up the otherwise dull electoral battle with the graft allegation on Monday.
She alleged that the two PKR leaders offered her RM80,000 and the president’s post in any of the two Penang municipal councils if she withdrew from the contest.
Alternately, Aminah said she was offered the Penang deputy chief minister 1 post should she win the by-election and rejoin the party.
She had lodged a report with the MACC on Monday and also with the Election Commission.
However, Cheah and Lim claimed that they fell into Aminah’s trap as she had invited them to lunch at her house in Jelutong.
They claimed that their conversation, which was recorded without their knowledge by Aminah and her family members, was a mere chat among friends done in a cordial and jovial atmosphere.
Yesterday, Aminah also threatened to reveal a secret about the state party leadership concerning an ‘unsavoury incident’ at a hotel in Nibong Tebal some two years ago yesterday.
She challenged PKR Penang chief Zahrain Mohamed Hashim to disclose his involvement in the incident.
Aminah also claimed that she has received threatening phone calls after she made the bribery accusation.
The Election Commission has said they would study the audio recording received from Aminah and cooperate with the MACC in the probe.
“If the PKR candidate (Mansor Othman) is involved, we can disqualify his victory if he wins the by-election,” EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof told journalists yesterday.