KUALA LUMPUR: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) should apologise to Malaysians and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for lying about the connection between him, the Scorpene submarine purchase and Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Independent member of parliament for Bayan Baru Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim said yesterday a recent French police investigation found that there were no immigration records of Altantuya entering France from 1999 to 2006.
He said this raised doubts on the photograph said to be of the Mongolian woman, Najib and Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, which was supposedly taken between 2004 and 2006.
"Altantuya was not in Paris, the photo was doctored or cut and pasted.
"This is a huge insult to the prime minister and has been used by Suaram to attack him," Zahrain told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
He said Suaram should apologise to Malaysians for having painted a bad impression of the country by alleging a link between the Scorpene purchase and Altantuya based on lies.
He added that Suaram should also apologise to the government for accusing it of not being transparent.
A claim by Suaram that Altantuya had been an interpreter for the Scorpene deal was also false as investigations revealed that she did not know French, said Zahrain.
Furthermore, he said, the Scorpene purchase had been negotiated and discussed in English. Hence there was no need for an interpreter as Malaysian government officials were well-versed in English.
"From these few revelations, it is clear that Suaram's allegations are lies. Suaram is supposed to be a non-governmental organisation, but it seems it has become an AGO -- anti-government organisation."
"Is Suaram sponsored by Anwar?" he asked.