COMMENT Prime Minister Najib Razak will be remembered for ushering the country into an era of fabrication and tampering.

These two words have shaped the political narrative over the past months.

First, the prime minister summarily dismissed the allegations against him over the 1MDB scandal as criminal acts of fabrication and tampering of documents to topple him.

He blamed his mentor-turned-tormentor for this.

Now, the law is broken once again with the fabrication of a statutory declaration, ironically by a group of citizens who want an ‘accountable’ government.
The SD claimed an AmBank banker was sacked for trying to report to Bank Negara about large amount of transactions involving an account purportedly owned by Najib.
The prime minister and AmBank should file police reports against the perpetrators for making allegations against them in the fictitious SD, ostensibly to conduct a “social media experiment”.

This is unacceptable.

The prime minister is not a test tube nor lab mouse to be used in an experiment. Neither is the allegation of millions being transferred into his account a laughing matter.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) must probe the people behind the so-called Citizens for Accountable Governance Malaysia (CAGM) for spreading this false information in the bid to ‘entrap’ the media.

Similarly, the SD also implicated AmBank chairperson as being an accomplice in covering up the money trail.                                       
Moreover, this so-called experimentation abused the name and stamp of a commissioner of oath.

Those behind this elaborate attempt to deliberately mislead the media expect the people to believe that it was done in the name of an experiment.

Come on, get real.

The bigger fish

Is it a coincidence that the SD experiment and a police reportagainst whistleblower website Sarawak Report happened on the same day?

This is obviously an engineered move to discredit media organisations that have vigilantly covered the 1MDB issue and to sway public perception, even if it meant having to break the law in the process.

The bigger fish in this ‘Operation Fake SD’ was The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as can be seen in the reproduction of the purported exchanges between CAGM and WSJ journalist Tom Wright.

This is to give the impression that WSJ is susceptible to false information and therefore casting aspersion on its earlier report that RM2.6 billion of 1MDB-linked funds were transferred into Najib’s personal bank accounts.

This is in line with the special task force revealing it is in the process of determining whether the information leaked by unnamed ‘Malaysian investigators’ to WSJ and Sarawak Report is authentic.

To be fair, the prime minister could be a victim of a plot to topple him using fabricated documents.

But as far as the battle of perception is concerned, he is faced with an uphill task for never has there been a leader in Malaysia who is accused of so many misdeeds. More so, misdeeds so grave.

Good luck, Mr Prime Minister, and all the best to your trusted ‘Men in Black’.