Zul pressed me for money, says Kedah exco

(Free Malaysia Today) – Zulkifli Noordin is back in the spotlight, with a Kedah state councillor alleging that the maverick MP asked him for money in the name of a third party during the Altantuya Shaaribu murder trial in 2008.

Lim Soo Nee, the state assemblyman for Kulim, said Zulkifli sent him threatening messages asking for money on March 5 and 6 of that year.

He said the Kulim-Bandar Baru MP told him PAS needed the money for its campaign in the 2008 general election.

Lim described Zulkifli as someone who would twist facts to suit his convenience.

“He will go to any extreme to satisfy his needs, even to the point of using third parties,” he said.

“I’m exposing this now only because I can no longer sit and watch him dupe the rakyat. I am sure many are easily hoodwinked by him.”

Zulkifli was sacked from PKR last month and now serves as an independent MP. His recent speeches appear to be supportive of the Najib administration. In one of those speeches, he said he was offered a large sum of money to implicate Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor in the murder of Mongolian beauty Altantuya.

Lim said Zulkifli told him during the 2008 election campaign that he was in possession of sensitive evidence relating to Altantuya’s murder.

At the time, Zulkifli was the lawyer for Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, one of the suspects in the murder. However, he subsequently withdrew as Azilah’s counsel.

Last March 24, Zulkifli resurrected the Altantuya saga in Parliament when he claimed that a third party had offered him payment in return for implicating Najib and his wife in the murder. He said the amount offered was enough to “shake one’s faith”.