KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) — A law firm acting for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today denied the allegations against her client in an article posted yesterday entitled ‘Malaysian PM’s Wife Seeks Central Bank Governors’s Ouster’ by John Berthelsen’s.
The legal firm representing the Prime Minsiter’s wife, Messrs Noorhajran Mohd Noor in a press statement said the allegations were deemed damning and damaging to the reputation of Rosmah.
“The insinuations and allegations are made with the intention to injure the reputation of Rosmah in her personal capacity and also as the wife to the Prime Minister.
“Words used by John in the aforementioned article are adversarial in nature, and those misinformed facts are highly skewered to connote and create a negative perception of Rosmah as the postings are in the public domain,” the statement said.
The lawyer added that it implies by such words amongst others “… of Rosmah to drive out and have gone after the Governor of the Central Bank, indeed trying to get Zeti sacked, revenge, demanded, resign, dodgy transfers, Rosmah behind the dramatic move to shuffle disloyal cabinet out of government”..are malicious lies and fabrication of facts to defame and cause injury to the reputation of Rosmah.
“Rosmah has never demanded that Zeti find out who leaked the transaction within 72 hours or resign, as written by John.
“In the press release of July 10, issued by this firm on behalf of Rosmah, the word used is ‘it is hoped’ that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to immediately and/or within 72 hours conduct a probe and issue its findings into the offensive unauthorized disclosure on the part of the said bank. There was no indication of going after the Governor in revenge for the leaks and/or demanding a resignation.
“The statement is absolutely incorret, mischievous and malicious,” the legal firm said.
Furthermore the statement said that Rosmah’s request emanates from her concern for the improper and outright breach of the publication of her personal account to the public.
In her (Rosmah) view if no positive action is taken to probe into the breach of her account, the same can also happen to the account of other banking consumers and this may erode the trust of investors and consumers of financial institutions.
“In the circumstances, my client demands to John, to issue an unconditional and voluntary apology to Rosmah on all the allegations within the next 48 hours.
“In the right conscience of responsible journalism and reporting, some human decency must be observed, applied and taken into cognizance not to condemn and hold in contempt the right of others.
“With regard to responsible journalism, steps must be taken to verify the information published and the belief to be true as the result of reasonable investigation. To my knowledge there has been no investigation against my client.
“Should John find the justifications and basis from all the knowledgeable, well informed sources of Asia Sentinel, academicians and political analyst (as referred by him in his article) to be true; to surrender all information to the relevant authorities in the investigations within the next 48 hours.
“My client supports any lawful investigations by the relevant authorities in the matter. There must however not be a case of selective prosecution,” they said.