posted by Din Merican, August 23, 2008
BREAKING NEWS: Raja Petra (Pet) and his team of bloggers are descending on Permatang Pauh today. I received sms from Pet this morning that he and the gang of some of the most influential bloggers in our country will be arriving at 14.00 hours in Bukit Mertajam (base camp: The Summit Hotel where the Penang PKR Liaison Chief Dato Zahrain Mohamed Hashim is in residence) for a briefing. They will be blogging from Permatang Pauh Yayasan Aman center in Penanti and will stay here until August 26, 2008.
I spoke to Pet and he seems to be in high spirits despite the Police raid on his residence yesterday during which they confiscated his brand new high powered computer. Such is the will of the now famous blogger and web-master.
A strong contingent of supporters led by my friend Bala from Bangsar Baru in Nurul Izzah Anwar’s Lembah Pantai Parlimentary constituency is also expected to join the merriment, and help out in the final push of the Anwar campaign.
By the way, I have received word from our friend Rusman from Washington DC that it is likely that Barack Obama will name Senator Joe Bidden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as his running mate. Rusman feels that Obama would have a tougher time than he would if he had chosen Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton who has a strong record on domestic issues. —Din Merican
By Raja Petra Kamaruddin in Kuala Lumpur
Thagarajoo, Nallakaruppan’s one-time driver, swears he brought Mr. Ji to Najib’s house every month to perform Hindu prayers and rituals. And it appears it is still going on until today. Does that, therefore, render Najib’s oath, performed the so-called ‘proper’ Islamic way, null and void?
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday night swore in Masjid Jamek Guar Perahu near here (Permatamg Pauh) that he did not know or had any connection with Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaarribuu who was murdered in 2006 in Puncak Alam, Selangor.
Najib said he was making the swearing although it was not an official swearing made on the Quran.”Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi (With Allah as my witness) I swear I do not know or have any connection with the Mongolian woman.
I do not know if others want to swear or not but I know I did no wrong. This is between me and God,” he said. (Bernama, 23 August 2008). That same day, Thagarajoo a/l Thangavellu also swore, through a Statutory Declaration, that Najib and his wife, who may be born Muslims, are practicing Hindus. Would, therefore, Najib’s oath, performed the so-called ‘proper’ Islamic way, be valid after all?