U-turn SD emerges over allegation of fraud in Citizens’ Declaration

1.2million signatures

(Malaysiakini) – The programmer who alleged fraud in the Citizens’ Declaration petition in a statutory declaration (SD) has purportedly made another SD retracting the claim.

According to the SD which carried Azharuddin Othman @ Abdullah’s name, he claimed that the first SD revealed to the press on May 26 contained “mistakes”.

In the original SD, Azharuddin alleged that he sold a database of 900,000 names to Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, whose nickname is Ratu Naga, for the purpose of the Citizens’ Declaration.

“I would like to state that I do not know the person known as Ema or also known as ‘Ratu Naga’ and never had any dealings with her.

“Before this, I was hired to hold a press conference based on the text given by the person who hired me which is Badrul Hisham Shaharin,” he said in the latest SD.

The SD was circulated on a number of Facebook pages including Otai Bersih and Kelab Mukhriz Mahathir.

Syarul Ema had previously denied any dealings with Azharuddin.

In the latest SD, Azharuddin said he signed the new document to avoid legal action.

He added that the latest SD was done willingly and without coercion.

The SD bore a commissioner of oath’s stamp based in the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.

However, Badrul Hisham, who helped organise the first SD for Azharuddin, claimed the new SD was fake.

“You guys seem to be happy spreading false SD,” he said in a Facebook post in reference to Otai Bersih and Kelab Mukhriz Mahathir.

In a text message later, he described the new SD as “slander by Mahathir’s team”.

Badrul Hisham, better known as Chegubard, is expected to call a press conference tomorrow on the matter.

He is a suspended PKR member but has mounted a campaign against the Citizens’ Declaration in protest of the opposition’s cooperation with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Citizens’ Declaration, a joint effort by opposition and government rebel forces, calls for the removal of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak due to the 1MDB and donation scandals.

The Save Malaysia secretariat, which organised the Citizens’ Declaration, denied any dealings with Azharuddin or Syarul Ema.

Najib claimed the multi-billion deposits in his personal bank accounts was a donation and denied taking public funds for personal gain.