As we all know, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak's name was mentioned in the Altantuya Shaaribu's murder trial.
On Friday (June 29), a witness testified that she had seen a picture of Altantuya having a meal with Abdul Razak and a "Malaysian government official" whom she identified as "Najib Razak".
The witness was 26 year-old Burmaa Oyunchimeg who is the victim's cousin.
Read the story here,
I am sure the whole country was abuzz. Speculations, as always, were readily exchanged.
This prompted the DPM's office to act pronto.
Yesterday (Saturday, June 30), Najib's press secretary Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad issued a statement to Bernama to say that his boss will not issue any statement on this claim made in court as it could be subjudice to the case.
Tengku Sarifuddin said Najib was maintaining his statements made several times before that he had never met or known Altantuya, 28, and was not involved in the case.
"I wish to make it clear that the deputy prime minister had on several occasions when interviewed by the media previously and during the Ijok by-election had said that he had never met and known Altantuya and was not involved in the case.
"As such, the issue over the picture does not arise.
This brief clarification is made because media reports on yesterday's proceedings of the court case have given rise to various views and statements by certain parties that could affect public opinion on the deputy prime minister," Tengku Sarifuddin said.
Here's the thing. We all can understand the fact that Najib cannot respond to statements made in the ongoing trial because it WILL be subjudice.
I'd be surprised if he commented.
And I am not about to make any comments on the court proceedings, except to say only this -- ok, let's see the photograph, if it exists.
Frankly, I am not surprised if Najib had met Altantuya without even realising it, or remembering her.
I am sure a political leader like him would naturally have met so many people and not know so many personally.
Model or not. Beautiful or not. If Altantuya had met Najib, then she certainly was not the first beautiful lady to have met him. Nor the last.
Oh well. Just wondering why the need to vehemently deny something that could have logically taken place.
Not a crime to meet people. And so many people in one's lifetime as a political leader.