ON THURSDAY, private eye P Balasubramaniam swore that he has information which link DPM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Altantuya Shaariibuu, and was even told that Najib had a sexual relationship with the Mongolian woman.
Less than 24 hours after his five-minute fame on TV with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Bala retracted his sworn statement with a new one. This time Bala said the first statement was inaccurate and not true. He was accompanied by a different lawyer, and there was no TV coverage when he made the statement.
It was reported that only a Bernama reporter was present when the statement was issued. Others were late but still managed to get copies of the statement. Bala, it seemed, was silent all the way.
Both revelations by Bala, who served the Police Force before going private, stunned the public. The first was explosive, the second mind-boggling. I'm not sure if this is the last we hear of Bala's statutory declaration. We all know that the Police will 'talk' to him a lot more.
It is these kind of sensational news that sell newspapers. Some of us have started watching the 8pm TV news again. Blogs like Rocky's Bru, Bigdog, Jalan Sudin, the Scribe, Hard-T, Anwar Ibrahim, news portals Agenda Daily and Malaysiakini are getting big hits from update-hungry readers.
I won't be surprised if some enterprising writers of political books will be compiling all details on this most extraordinary developments and churn out their version before the end of the year. With Umno's party elections due in December, these books will be best sellers, and may even influence, albeit a little, the outcome of some posts.
I like to believe that the truth is somewhere in between these allegations and counter allegations. If the Perlis Mufti have his way, an oath before the Quran and in the name of the Almighty would soon reveal who is telling the truth, or whose 'truth' is more correct and final.
We could all do with a bit of Divine intervention.