BALASUBRAMANIAM: A CANARY’s SWANSONG
In a brief telephone conversation in September 2012 with the late Balasubramaniam a man we had followed closely at great expense, Bala agreed to come clean and to do so without his handlers being present.
That first opportunity was afforded to us through an intermediary who knew Bala well enough for him to feel secure without his handlers being present. The intermediary had limited access to Bala but enjoyed his confidence.
Bala’s handlers who he referred to by name, one of them lawyer turned politician Sivarasa Rasiah, the other two being the two men seated by Sivarasa’ side in the youtube broadcast published on or about 4 July 2008.
All three men it appears have a lot to answer for in regards to Bala’s misery and the fraud they helped perpetrate on the public. That fraud being the Altantuya affair and other highly contentious, defamatory comments relating to a number of people these 3 lawyers and their friends consider their enemies.
That event shown on youtube was a press briefing organized by Malaysia Kini at the behest of the three lawyers present in that youtube broadcast. It was designed to explain Bala’s (embarrassing) Statutory Declaration 1 and 2 (SD).
Bala told us in September 2012 that it was these 3 lawyers who had placed a caveat on his speaking to anyone outside of Malaysia Kini and selected opposition run media outlets and lawyers without their consent first obtained.
The late Balasubramaniam also admitted to our link that he was aware of our critique of his SD in our blog and claimed that he wanted the opportunity to answer some of the criticisms of his SD carried earlier in our blog.
The authorship of Bala’s SD 1 and 2 he attributed to two lawyers. One of who he described as Sivarasa Rasiah who he said vetted the document. The other and the sentient mind behind his SD he named as Amrick Singh Siddhu. More on that in our earlier piece and later.
BALASUBRAMANIAM A PUPPET STRUNG BY LAWYERS
It was indeed a sad day when we discovered that Balasubramaniam could not speak freely to anyone after his disastrous and largely concocted claims about the death of Altantuya and his earlier testimony of the extent and nature of the relationship between her and Abdul Razak Baginda. All this from a man who professed the “truth” as his creed.
Balasubramaniam’s handlers realized not long after engineering the fiasco relating to disclosures by Bala over Altanatuya’s death as revealed in his SD 1, that they may have gone in way over their heads in the matter with Bala as their Patsy.
Promptly and in a desperate attempt at self preservation they chose to make the man Bala a prisoner in his own world and captive in theirs.
We were given access to Balasubramaniam after much cloak and dagger manoeuvring when a third party ( a former policeman minder who lawyers had arranged and was paid for by Pakatan) in September 2012 arranged for Bala to speak with us briefly over a mobile phone connection. His minders were not present. And we accepted that assurance from him.
The discussion with Bala was brief. He sounded as if he were on the move and the line connection to him was poor as the signal broke up and distorted intermittently.
Bala agreed during that conversation that much of the inconsistencies in his SD as critiqued by us in our blog was authored by his lawyers.
He agreed that much of what he had deposed to in his SD’s was based on personal perceptions of people and events (as they were reported) and that his depositions were not aided with the benefit of any admissible first hand evidence or proof of events he had deposed to. Nonetheless he said he believed that the “best Malaysian lawyers” referring to those who had helped him cultivate his story had told him that with what he had deposed to in his SD “they” could prove the “truth” about the Altantuya affair.
There clearly were other voices and much chatter in the background in ‘Bala’s’ SD 1 at play as suspected by many. Clearly Balasubramaniam’s “admissions” were not of his own making. Clearly Balasubramaniam’s Statutory Declarations were of the Raja Petra Kamaruddin variety and made for some other and ulterior political purpose and not the truth.
Behind each of these was and remains, Anwar Ibrahim, shadowed cleverly by the DAP (who very intelligently have remained largely silent in the background) whilst the Indian and Malay components of the opposition joined elements of the Malaysian Bar in making the noises that now incriminate them.
BALASUBRAMANIAM A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND SPINNING YARNS FOR A PRICE
When asked if he personally liked Altantuya or had a relationship with her, It was vintage Bala all over again. “She actually asked me many times to go with her but I said no”. When asked why he was carrying out this crusade against the Prime Minister he said “she was very beautiful and I think Najib and some other people was jealous”.
We asked the question again, “do you know for sure how she died?“, his response was “Only God know that one”. It was the admission we wanted from Bala but perhaps a little more background to which we may never now be able to obtain from the man.
Balasubramaniam then asked if we were prepared to pay him for a full interview face to face and with his minders present. We asked him why? his response was one of an agitated and nervous person. “How do I know who you are? How do I know you don’t work for Najib? I have a lot of expenses and many papers and TV shows want to interview me even international”. He followed that then with an abrupt “look I have to go now. If you are serious ask…….(our link man) to arrange for it. I am a busy man okay?”.
There was a brief exchange between our link and Bala and the conversation ended there. We spoke to two police officers in KL who had agreed to arrange a meeting with Balasubramaniam. That meeting however never materialised and with the intervention of fate now it never will.