Theft and cover-up: Speaker involved, says MP

By Rahmah Ghazali, Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat Speaker is entangled in a conspiracy to cover up misdeeds linked to the theft of jet engines from the Air Force, Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran alleged today.

“The speaker is playing games,” said DAP’s Manogaran in reference to Pandikar Amin Mulia’s rejection of a motion to discuss Sergeant N Tharmendran’s allegation that he was tortured into confessing that he stole the engines.

He accused Pandikar Amin of being in cahoots with the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, the Defence Ministry and the police.

Manogaran is Tharmendran’s lawyer. The motion was brought to the speaker’s chambers by Kapar MP, PKR’s S Manikavasagam. Pandikar Amin said the matter, although of public interest, was not urgent.

Speaking at a press conference, Manogaran spoke of a “very serious conspiracy” involving, among others, the defence minister at the time of the theft, Najib Tun Razak.

“There is a cover-up and I am sad that Parliament is involved.”

“This was a perfect opportunity for Parliament to allow the members to debate this matter but they knocked it out.”

“They are playing games. The speaker is playing games.”