Today, is a day of remembrance. First, it was Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad handing over a checque of RM 80,000.00 on behalf of Perdana Global Peace Foundation to the Royal Malaysian Police for the special fund created for the Lahad Datu Incident where three Police officers and five other personnel were brutally killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar received the checque on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Police. He was accompanied by Directors of Criminal Investigation , Internal Security and Anti Narcotics.
Tun Dr Mahathir questioned how self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III funded his armed intruders which landed near Lahad Datu on 9 February and shot two Policemen and wounding three others in an ambush attack at Kg Tanduo 15 days ago.
Published: Friday March 15, 2013 MYT 1:30:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 15, 2013 MYT 2:27:50 PM
Lahad Datu: Dr Mahathir questions hidden hands behind Sulu intrusions
BY NICHOLAS CHENG
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad raised questions over hidden hands at play behind the Lahad Datu intrusions.
Though he did not surmise any links between the Sulu sultanate and any Malaysian political parties, Dr Mahathir said the self-styled Sultan must have had financiers.
“All operations cost money. I don’t think the Sultan is a rich man. According to the Philippines government, he is very poor.
“So where is the money coming from?” Mahathir asked during a Perdana Global Peace Foundation cheque presentation ceremony at Yayasan Al-Bukhary Friday.
The RM80,000 cheque will go the families of the fallen heroes killed in the Lahad Datu clashes.
Later after Friday prayers, came the shocking news of the demise of controversial former private investigator P. Balasubramanian who is more affectionately known as PI Bala. He died of heart ailments after two days being hospitalised for a heart attack.
PI Bala dead of heart trouble
UPDATED @ 05:01:51 PM 15-03-2013
BY IDA LIM
MARCH 15, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Private detective P. Balasubramaniam died today of a heart ailment, weeks after returning home vowing to expose the truth behind Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder in 2006.
Balasubramaniam returned to Malaysia recently after living overseas for a few years. — Reuters pic
When contacted at about 2.50pm today, Balasubramaniam’s lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu confirmed that his client had died.
“He died about 45 minutes ago,” Americk told The Malaysian Insider.
Americk said Balasubramaniam’s wife had called for an ambulance when the former private investigator had a heart attack in his house.
The lawyer said it was too late by the time the ambulance arrived, adding: “He died when he was at home.”
“His body has been taken to the Sungai Buloh hospital,” he said.
Americk confirmed that Balasubramaniam had been warded in the hospital for about a week from March 3, but “went home to rest”.
He said his client was due to go for a checkup this morning, but was not sure if he went.
He said he had spoken to Balasubramaniam over the phone in the past few days and his client had sounded fine.
“It was very unexpected. I’m devastated… I think he’s probably one of the best Malaysians we had,” said Americk, who was not at his client’s house when the heart attack occurred.
In an immediate response to news of Balasubramaniam’s death, controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan said: “I heard about it. I offer my condolences.”
Deepak had recently admitted that he had helped Balasubramaniam repudiate the latter’s earlier statutory declaration (SD) on the 2006 high-profile murder case, including finding two lawyers to draft the new statement.
The businessman had also named a number of individuals in his allegations, including the alleged lawyer who drafted the second SD.
Early this month, Balasubramaniam was reported to have been diagnosed with a heart condition after three of his arteries were found to be clogged.
PKR lawmaker Sivarasa Rasiah this afternoon wrote on microblogging site Twitter that Balasubramaniam was discharged from the hospital this Tuesday and was due to undergo heart bypass surgery.
“He was due to be scheduled for bypass surgery in about three weeks; on medication and treatment pending that.”
“Bala had a follow-up with his doctors this morning in SJMC and looked fine: unfortunately had breathing difficulties at about 1.30 pm,” Sivarasa tweeted.
Early last month, Balasubramaniam had come out of hiding and returned to Malaysia, saying that he wanted to help campaign for the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ahead of Election 2013.
Balasubramaniam or “PI Bala” had first entered the public’s eye in 2008 for claims he made against top federal government personalities in his first statutory declaration (SD) on Altantuya’s brutal murder.
But when Balasubramaniam retracted the SD the following day and signed a new one in which the names of these personalities were omitted, he found himself in an even deeper tangle and was forced to flee the country.
A year later, in 2009, he reappeared in the limelight when he claimed that the second SD had been signed under duress and prepared without his knowledge.
Last December, the Bar Council said it had launched an investigation on the identity of the lawyers involved in Balasubramaniam’s second SD and possible misconduct in the drafting of the sworn statement on the matter but said Deepak had refused to co-operate.
The Bar Council is due to complete its probe into the possible misconduct in the drafting of the second SD soon, the English-language daily The Star reported today.
“The target is to make a decision at the council meeting in April,” the Council’s chairman Lim Chee Wee was quoted as saying.
Lim also reportedly said: “If we find prima facie evidence of misconduct, we will lodge a complaint with the Disciplinary Board.”
The Bar Council had in a press invite said that the Malaysian Bar would consider a motion at its 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) tomorrow to set up an Independent Investigation Committee to probe the facts and the circumstances surrounding the preparation and execution of the second SD that was purportedly affirmed by Balasubramaniam.
A cloud of mystery has hung over the identity of the lawyer who drew up Balasubramaniam’s second SD, dated a day after his first on July 3, 2008, regarding the 2006 murder, for which two elite police commandos have been convicted and are facing death sentences.
He created a controversy when he issued a statutory declaration (SD) that retracted and ceded the one made the day before. He disappeared and was believed to have fled overseas. The next year, he resurfaced disclaiming the second SD wasn’t his own doing and another deepened controversy raised from that.
PI Bala came back to Malaysia recently and was received in open arms by the Opposition. So was controversial carpet seller Deepak Jaikishan’s suit, recently filed. Then last week, father of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a juicy controversial claim that a Special Officer in Prime Minister’s Office was the mastermind of the conspiracy to demonise Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in the ‘Sodomy II’ trial.
PKR Vice President and Batu MP Tian Chua statement that the Lahad Datu Incident is “Just an UMNO ‘wag-the-dog’ drama” (which has now got him in really hot soup) and Former Chief of the Army Jen (B) Tan Sri Md Hashim Hussein joining PKR and questioning why it takes so long to resolve the armed intrusion as compared to the Sauk Armed Heist in August 2000, were just grossly distasteful. This is was added by the statement of Former Navy Asst Chief of Staff Logistics First Admiral (Rtd) Hj Imran A Hamid.
It is convenient that all these surfaced only for the benefit of the Opposition political mileage in the tight run up of the 13GE.
Now, the world would not never know the whole truth and which bit of the entire ‘PI Bala episode’ wasn’t true, manipulated or even an attempt of deception. It is believed the SDs and Bala’s statements there on were designed to complicate the murder trial of two Policemen for the death Mongolian national Altantuyaa Shaaribuu in November 2006.
Probably Bala would be remembered for his contradictory SDs about a controversial murder case, made one day after another.
Regardless, condolences to all the families and close friends of the three Police Officers, five other Policemen, two Army corporals and Bala for their bereavement.