Whistleblower website Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has denied the accusation of stalking and harassing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor in London.
“Nothing to do with me. (Communications and Multimedia Minister) Salleh (Said Keruak) can see on the Internet what I look like – or do all foreign women look the same to Salleh?” she asked in an email to Malaysiakini.
Rewcastle-Brown was responding to Salleh, who last night accused Sarawak Report of shouting “slanderous allegations” at the prime minister’s wife.
Salleh had in a blog posting claimed the website demonstrated an “absolute lack of decorum and manners” by harassing Rosmah.
It is unclear what exactly had transpired, but Salleh’s posting coincided with a YouTube video uploaded by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin titled “Sarawak Report stalks and harasses Rosmah Mansor in London, 8th May 2017”.
The video shows three individuals standing outside a compound in what appears to be London.
One of the individuals, a man, is heard telling the person recording the video that they should not have come to London if they did not want to be photographed.
Quizzed on this, Rewcastle-Brown said: “I believe this is to do with a documentary film crew doing something about 1MDB, but I can’t be sure as Rosmah is a bit notorious these days and it could be anybody.”
She claimed that Raja Petra should not be treated as a reliable source, especially when it concerned Rosmah.
Rosmah arrived in UK last Thursday with 32 Permata students and six teachers. She is slated to be there until tomorrow.
What about Ali Tinju’s harrasment of Maria Chin?
Meanwhile, DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching took Salleh to task for criticising the alleged harassment of Rosmah but keeping mum when Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah was harassed by Gerakan Merah leader Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju.
“So I want to ask Salleh, does he think that decorum and manners are reserved only for their own kind? Only Rosmah and her kind have the right to demand decorum and manners from others, but ordinary people like Maria Chin do not?” she asked.
Teo said what the Bersih chairperson experienced was far worse than what Salleh alleged Rosmah had undergone in London.
Last September, Ali Tinju said Maria “tidak akan berjalan di atas bumi” (Maria will no longer walk on this earth), but the case was classified as ‘NFA’ (no further action) by the public prosecutor.
Teo said the British police would surely take action against the individuals involved if they had posed a threat to Rosmah.
“If Salleh thinks that people from all walks of life should be treated with decorum and respect, I would like him to join me in urging the public prosecutor to reconsider the case against Ali Tinju.
“Otherwise, Salleh is not as civilised as he thinks he is, but merely a Rosmah loyalist,” she added.