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TIRED OF LIES: Details of transactions, auditing prove everything was conducted above board, says director

KUALA LUMPUR: THE company involved in the Scorpene submarine deal revealed yesterday that murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibu was never part of negotiations.

Perimekar Sdn Bhd director Rosana Weili backed statements by the architect of the deal, Jasbir Singh Chahl, by saying that the entire negotiation process was conducted in English.

"It was clear from the start that there was no need for a translator as all the discussions took place in English. Even the French lawyers involved in the deal spoke in English.

"As director of Perimekar, I was in the know about the Scorpene negotiation process. We had no knowledge of anyone by the name of Altantuya," she told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Rosana refused to comment on Suaram's allegation that the company had received massive kickbacks from the submarine purchase, saying she was "tired of all the lies".

"Details of the transactions and the auditing process proves that everything was conducted above board. The accusations which started in 2006 have affected our company and its workers. I pity them as they have become involved in such negativity."

Perimekar is owned by the Armed Forces Superannuation Fund, Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd and K.S. Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, all of which are audited.

It engaged in a downsizing exercise after 2009 when its involvement with the government ended.

Jasbir had previously revealed that the RM452 million paid to Perimekar was its service management fee and covered project management and project integration services. The company was mainly involved in providing the logistics and training of the officers and men of the Royal Malaysian Navy's submarine force.

He had also said that based on the strength and commercial superiority of the proposal, they did not have to lobby anyone to influence the commercial evaluation process.


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