We must salute the Australian police for their admirable professionalism and urgency in striving to nail the crooks, no matter who they are.
This latest Australian episode gives us an inside to not only the level of professionalism but also the Australian authorities' strict adherence to the maxim 'not leaving any stone unturned in seeking truth'.
Questions have now been raised if the Australian police had in fact notified their Malaysian counterparts before the scam was exposed by The Age newspaper. This is another affirmation that the Australian authorities are always 'on the ball'.
I'm certain the relevant authorities on our side would be responding to the queries to avoid any allegation of attempts to sweep things under the carpet.
Sweeping under the carpet?
We must also take cognisance that one of our former UTK policeman who has a noose hanging over his head here for the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu has been under the protection of Australian authorities since his arrest.
It has been more than FIVE months since Sirul Azhar Umar was detained in Brisbane. In five months Sirul has met and spoke with countless Australian officers and some Malaysians.
It was learned that the Australians have been moving the convicted murderer of Altantuya between a few detention centers and Australian intelligence units safe-houses for safety reasons, while regularly recording fresh inputs and statements.
It seems an individual with the initial RB has been highlighted in some latest detailed statements.
The investigators, it was learned, have also got hold of a few Statuory Declarations which were made in relation to the murder of Altantuya, including a sworn statement by a fugitive blogger that is said to have corroborated Sirul's statement.
Legally, this is all hearsay.
An exclusive video interview has also been recorded on Sirul's own request, says a Melbourne-based journalist who is currently pursuing the Australian culprits in the Mara-linked property scam.
Could we now expect the Australian media to come up with an expose of yet another long-running Malaysian scandal?
|Lindsay Murdoch - South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media|
Guess its high time for Kuala Lumpur to put its foot down and demand Canberra to deport Sirul Azhar on the next available flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Otherwise every convicted killer and conman would be making his/her way to Australia.
Can you do that Mr Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak or are you too busy with the 1MDB scandal?
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman
p/s Fairfax Media investigated the Mara-linked scam for about six months before the expose and Fairfax Media's investigative journalists have been working on Sirul's case from day one of his arrest... or even before that.