Deepak exposé: Perkasa screams slander

PKR is using the businessman against Najib and Rosmah, says the Malay rights group.

G Vinod, FMT

Perkasa today accused PKR of slandering Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor through businessman Deepak Jaikishen.

“Since the beginning I didn’t trust this Deepak character,” said Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali. “People who get involved with an immoral leader are immoral themselves.”

Yesterday, pro-Umno blogger Papagomo posted a poorly lighted video featuring a man who looks and sounds like Deepak speaking of the circumstances surrounding the businessman’s recent press interviews, which resurrected allegations that Najib and Rosmah were involved in the bribery of private investigator P Balasubramaniam.

Papagomo’s posting alleged that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was behind Deepak’s exposés.

The man in the video named several other PKR leaders, including vice president N Surendran and Subang MP R Sivarasa.

Both Sivarasa and Surendran have dismissed claims that PKR was involved in the exposes, saying they were only representing Deepak for a court case involving a land deal that went sour.

Syed Hassan alleged that PKR was losing support and had resorted to slander to regain it.

“They have no choice but to resort to such attacks as their supporters are leaving in droves,” he said.

Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar echoed Syed Hassan’s sentiments, saying Deepak had no credibility with him because he was always changing his mind.

“As far as I know, Najib is very good person and a great leader,” he said. “I don’t care about what Deepak is saying.”

Sekijang MP Baharum Mohamad said Pakatan Rakyat had gone too far in its accusations against Najib and his family.

“They have gone overboard on this,” he said. “I believe that such slander against a person should not exist in a modern society like ours.

“If there is a report lodged, the police should investigate it without fear or favour.”

MIC secretary-general S Murugesan agreed.

“If the content of the video is proven to be true,” he said, “it will show how bad Malaysian politics has become. Politicians are using proxies to attack their opponents. It’s definitely not healthy for our democracy.”