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LETTER FROM THE RAKYAT:

Over the past few days, the New York Times (NYT) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ) — which incidentally are sister newspapers owned by media baron Sir Rupert Murdoch — have published unsubstantiated stories claiming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is facing a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe and may be arrested by the US government.

The WSJ was the first to report that the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations of money-laundering, citing sources.

This newspaper, which lays claim to be a financial daily, reported that the FBI probe was linked to allegations supposedly made by former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chairman Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan — who has been detained under Section 124 of the Penal Code, which relates to activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

Then, shockingly, WSJ also reported in the same article: “A spokeswoman for the FBI’s New York office said that no agent in the office had arranged to speak with Mr Khairuddin or had any previous contact with him.”

If so, why did WSJ then continue to publish its defamatory article against PM Najib when the very basis of this article was denied by the FBI?

The next day, NYT published a piece claiming a federal grand jury in the US was examining allegations of corruption involving PM Najib — claiming two unnamed sources said the inquiry was being run by a unit of the Justice Department that investigates international corruption.

Then, shockingly, NYT also reported in the same article: “A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment.”

Interestingly, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad — who has become a fierce critic of PM Najib — was reported to have said Najib may be arrested by Interpol. Even then, Dr Mahathir admitted: “That is only a possibility based on the current international law.”

With all three supposed authoritative sources contradicting themselves immediately after making sensational — but unsubstantiated claims — it makes one wonder exactly why all this is taking place now and pitting the US justice system against a duly elected leader in Malaysia.

So far, the US government has sought to act beyond its borders only in two types of activities — drug smuggling and war crimes, which includes terrorism attacks.

And no sane person can lump Najib into either of these activities.

SHANTI RAMACHANDRANKuala Lumpur

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