Lt-Gen Datuk Mohd Salleh Ismail says Anwar may have other sources of information
KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s military intelligence yesterday denied it had been a source of information for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim concerning threats to his safety and that of his family members.
Its director, Lt-Gen Datuk Mohd Salleh Ismail, also denied it had a report on the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case, as claimed by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin in his statutory declaration made at the High Court here on June 18.
“Statements made by Anwar that military intelligence had warned him about threats to his safety are not true.
“He might have other sources of information but certainly not from my department,” he said after opening a basic digital photography course at Kolej Multimedia Telekom here today.
He said this when asked to comment on Anwar’s claims on Sunday that he had received information from government sources and military intelligence that Barisan Nasional agents planned to harm or assassinate him and also harm his family members and supporters.
Touching on Raja Petra’s statutory declaration, he said: “Since I took over (as director of military intelligence) I have no knowledge that such a report exists.”
In his declaration, Raja Petra had alleged that a copy of the report was in the possession of Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the member of parliament for Rembau, and that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had knowledge of it.
The declaration contained information about the alleged presence of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, at the murder scene when Altantuya’s body was blown up with explosives in Puncak Alam, Selangor, in October 2006.
He further alleged that the report said acting colonel Aziz Buyong, a bomb expert, and his wife Norhayati, who was said to be an aide of Rosmah, were with Rosmah on the night in question.
Rosmah has since denied her presence there while Aziz and his wife are pursuing legal action against Raja Petra for making false allegations.
Salleh added that their (Anwar and Raja Petra) linking military intelligence to the two matters was irresponsible and immoral as it had caused confusion among the people and also cast doubts on the credibility of the agency.
“There is no involvement of the military intelligence in the nation’s political scene.
“The claims made by the duo are mere assumptions in trying to give added credibility to what they want to say.
“They might also be pushing their own agendas in making the claims,” he said, adding that military intelligence was keeping close tabs on the security situation in the country. — Bernama