Najib swears in mosque that he did not know Altantuya

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 Aug 2008

BUTTERWORTH: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has sworn in a mosque that he did not know Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu and has nothing to do with her murder.

Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi (with Allah as my witness), I swear I do not know or have any connection with the Mongolian woman,” he said.

He made the declaration last night at a mosque in Guar Perahu near here after announcing that all mosques and suraus in Penanti would receive a RM1.4mil allocation from the Government.

Najib said his actions did not amount to an “official swearing ceremony”.

“But I am not afraid to utter these holy words in a mosque because I am speaking the truth. Whether others will be willing to follow suit is up to them.

“This is personal between me and God,” he said.

He added that although he has been subjected to taunts and attempts to smear his name, truth was on his side.

Last month in front of Umno grassroots leaders who had gathered at Putra World Trade Centre, Najib said he had invoked the name of Allah and swore that he was not connected with the Altantuya case.

He had said he did it following relentless personal attacks on him linking him with the death of the Mongolian. He added that the attacks were to stop him from becoming Prime Minister.

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