‘Cops must act against those who discredit PM’

PETALING JAYA - The police must take action against those responsible for falsifying documents to discredit Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Indus­try president Tan Sri K.K. Eswaran said the video confession that allegedly implicates several Opposition leaders and the Sarawak Report news portal was proof of a conspiracy to bring down Najib.

"We should not let these people get away scot-free," he said.

"Even if they are MPs, former ministers or leaders, they must be taken to court, charged and put in prison for trying to discredit the PM and create economic turmoil."

Eswaran said freedom of the press was important but should not be abused.

"It looks like the whole thing has been a planned mission to criminalise Najib and to kill his credibility as Prime Minister.

"We see clear motives here," he said.

A confession video by a man named Lester Melanyi was uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday in which he revealed having worked with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

He said he used to work for the Sarawak Report and was part of a plot to criminalise Najib by forging documents connected to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) sovereign fund.

Rewcastle-Brown responded by dismissing the claims, saying that Lester has never worked for the news portal.