The Scorpene Scandal: The ‘Other Side’ hits back!

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SCORPENE

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The ‘Architect’ emerges and disseminates ‘information’ in ‘Scorpene: The Untold Story’ published in the NST.

The architect of the Scorpene submarine purchase is
Jasbir Singh Chahl.

Excerpts from SUARAM’s letter

Malaysia Chronicle

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:33

Tell the whole truth Jasbir, why did Najib & Baginda push you out from Scorpene deal

Written by SUARAM

SUARAM views with interest the weekend revelations of Jasbir Singh Chahl, on the SCORPENE Submarine procurement, and welcomes his sudden willingness to speak about the controversial deal, of which he was a key negotiator.

We urge him to come clean on the full details of the procurement, which has now dragged on to be one of the largest corruption scandals of the country.

SUARAM had to await confirmation from our lawyers in France, before addressing the media.

JASBIR as Witness to the French Courts

1.  Firstly, we confirm via our Lawyers in France (William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat)  that Jasbir Singh Chahl is a witness to the ongoing criminal inquiry, and that the investigations are still ongoing.

Why was JASBIR OUSTED of the DEAL?

4. SUARAM urges Jasbir to take the next step and go all the way to reveal the full details of the procurement, his role in closing the deal, why he was ousted from the negotiations, why did then Defence Minister Najib  see it fit to intervene and push his long time friend Razak Baginda into the foray to lead the negotiations instead?

JASBIR’s RM50 million suit against BAGINDA

5. It is no secret really that Jasbir had a major fallout with Razak Baginda, as described in the contents of an article published in the Far Eastern Economic review (FEER) back in 2002. A RM 50 million suit was filed by Jasbir , but he eventually settled for an out of court of settlement, according to French investigating papers. SUARAM wonders why none of these details were articulated in the NST articicle.

SUARAM Secretariat

Malaysian Insider

Jasbir was sacked before Scorpene deal sealed, reveals Suaram

July 30, 2013
Latest Update: July 30, 2013 03:07 pm

Jasbir Singh Chahl, who caused a stir recently when he revealed that murdered Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu was not party to the Scorpene deal, was sacked as the consultant and negotiator in the procurement of two submarines.

Abdul Razak Baginda came into the picture after Jasbir was sacked, said Suaram in a press conference today.

Jasbir then filed a RM50 million suit against Abdul Razak which was eventually settled out of court, said  Suaram executive director Cynthia Gabriel.

She added that Jasbir, who is a witness in the on-going inquiry in Paris, did not disclose in full what he knew in the interview with the New Straits Times. – July 30, 2013.

Jasbir was sacked before Scorpene deal sealed, reveals Suaram

Malaysiakini

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PKR queries Jasbir’s move to resurrect Altantuya’s ghost

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned why the “architect” of the Scorpene submarine procurement, Jasbir Singh Chahl, has recently resurrected the issue of deceased Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu’s involvement in the RM7.3 billion deal.

azlanJasbir is a director of Terasasi, a Hong Kong-based firm owned by well-connected political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was freed of a charge of abetting the murder of Altantuya without having to call his defence in 2008.

Anwar said no one has suggested that Altantuya was involved in the negotiations for the purchase of the two submarines in 2002, when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was then defence minister.

“Whether Jasbir knows Altantayu or not is between him and her. We wonder why he has chosen to speak about this when nobody said she was part of the negotiations, nobody made reference to her in that role,” he said when met in Seberang Jaya during the weekend.

“What we are questioning specifically is her role as Abdul Razak’s translator. This has been quite established already,” stressed the Permatang Pauh MP.

PKR queries Jasbir’s move to resurrect Altantuya’s ghost

The Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Why is the Scorpene “architect” surfacing now? – The Malaysian Insider


July 28, 2013

Jasbir Singh Chahl got his 15 minutes of fame yesterday, nearly seven years after Altantuya Shaariibuu was killed and her murder linked to the Scorpene submarines purchase.

Now known as the architect of the submarine deal, Jasbir was quoted in the New Straits Times yesterday as saying there was no links between the Mongolian interpreter and the negotiations, and it was a business arrangement that did not involve corruption.

Jasbir was a former staff of Thomson-CSF International (M) Sdn Bhd, the wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiary of France’s Thomson-CSF (now Thales), on the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels project, the Crotale man-portable Shorad (short range air defence) system, and other projects of interest to Thomson-CSF and its subsidiaries.

So he should know the deal inside and outside but has decided to only spill the beans now.

Why now? Why didn’t Jasbir say all this the days before three men were charged for Altantuya’s murder or when the submarines had problems diving – which is what they are supposed to do from time to time.

While it is commendable that Jasbir wants to clear the air over the deal that has been linked to a murder, one thing is clear – he is is doing this because he has a vested interest in the deal.

So why should Malaysians believe what he says when he is an interested party in the deal?

He should explain that, too. Or the NST report ends up as another after thought to cover the tracks of interested parties rather than really clearing the air about the Scorpene purchase. – July 28, 2013.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/why-is-the-scorpene-architect-surfacing-now-the-malaysian-insider

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THE SCORPENE INVESTIGATION

The independent French investigation, covering several agencies including the French immigration, was initiated after Malaysian human rights non-governmental organisation Suaram lodged a complaint in the French courts in 2010, claiming that French naval firm DCNS had paid RM452 million as a bribe to Malaysian officials to obtain the contract for two Scorpene submarines.

The amount was paid to Perimekar Sdn Bhd, the company in charge of the logistics and the training of the officers and men of the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Submarine Force and covered project management and project integration ser vices, coordinating the involvement of Malaysian companies in the industrial participation programme in the provision of services during the construction phase and to monitor the performance of these firms, helping the main contractor comply with all local laws and procedures relating to the execution of the contract, coordinating and monitoring the training of RMN personnel in compliance with the main contract and in accordance with Malaysian Government and RMN expectations, and providing monthly reports on all of the above.

THE OTHER SIDE HITS BACK!

Malaysian Insider

Side Views

Why is the Scorpene “architect” surfacing now? – The Malaysian Insider


July 28, 2013

Jasbir Singh Chahl got his 15 minutes of fame yesterday, nearly seven years after Altantuya Shaariibuu was killed and her murder linked to the Scorpene submarines purchase.

Now known as the architect of the submarine deal, Jasbir was quoted in the New Straits Times yesterday as saying there was no links between the Mongolian interpreter and the negotiations, and it was a business arrangement that did not involve corruption.

“I am willing to swear on my holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, that I did not know this person, that she was never part of the team, had never met her, that she was never in France during the entire time we were there trying to close the deal.

“I only knew about her when I read the papers in 2006 that they had found her body,” he told the New Straits Times in a special report entitled, ‘Scorpene: The Untold Story’, published in Kuala Lumpur today.

According to the report, Jasbir was a former staff of Thomson-CSF International (M) Sdn Bhd, the wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiary of France’s Thomson-CSF (now Thales), on the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels project, the Crotale man-portable Shorad (short range air defence) system, and other projects of interest to Thomson-CSF and its subsidiaries.

So he should know the deal inside and outside but has decided to only spill the beans now.

Malaysia Chronicle

Sunday, 28 July 2013 08:09

Jasbir’s disclosure of Scorpene purchase short-circuits Opposition play of fantasy – Bernama

KEMAMAN – The architect of the Scorpene submarine purchase made in France has disclosed details disproving fantasies on the issue, churned out by the opposition, via Suaram.As such, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was a major relevation which contradicted the stories made up by certain groups such as Suaram, and parties hungry for a power grab in the country.He said the ‘tell-all’ by Jasbir Singh Chahl – the architect of the submarine deal – to modernise the national defence system was timely.”The other side is busy putting up a show, that they are now collecting funds to hire lawyers for the case in France.”For me, they can continue to solicit funds to enrich the lawyers, and the people should be careful not to be cheated in this issue,” he said.Ahmad Shabery was commenting on Jasbir’s disclosure on the issue in an English daily today.

Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 27 July 2013 21:53

Altantuya was never in France from 1999 to 2006 – NST

In a startling disclosure following an exhaustive inves tigation, the French authorities have revealed that Altantuya, who had been linked to defence analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, was never in France during that time.

One of the myths that has been “accepted” as gospel was that Altantuya had acted as a translator for Razak.

However, in his deposition to the French authorities, former DCNS marketing manager for Malaysia and Singapore at the time, Fredric Faura, told investigators that there was no need for an interpreter since negotiations were in English and Malaysians were fluent in the language.

Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 27 July 2013 23:09

Scorpene: 115 million euros is Perimekar’s service management fee

The architect of the Scorpene submarine purchase vehemently denied today the existence of elements of corruption in the controversial Scorpene deal.

Negative perspectives deliberately played by certain quarters on the issue of payment of RM452 million (115 million euros) as “commission” to Perimekar Sdn Bhd, was crushed by Jasbir Singh Chahl, who pointed out that the amount was meant for the company’s service management fee.

In an exclusive interview with a local newspaper, Jasbir who spoke for the first time about the deal, said the company was in charge of the logistics and training of the officers and men of the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Submarine Force.

According to the report, the fees covered project management and project integration services, coordinating the involvement of Malaysian companies in the industrial participation programme in the provision of services during the construction phase and to monitor the performance of these firms.

Perimekar Sdn Bhd is owned by the Armed Forces Fund, Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd and K. S. Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd.

Malaysiakini

Scorpene broker: Altantuya never part of the deal
12:40PM Jul 27, 2013

The architect of the Scorpene deal, Jasbir Singh Chahl, says murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu was never an interpreter for the submarine deal, nor was she ever involved in the contract.

In an interview published by New Straits Times today, Jasbir said whatever affair Altantuya had with defence analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a central figure in the deal, was a personal matter.

abdul razak baginda pc 201108 08“His dealings with her had nothing to do with the Scorpene deal. It’s unfortunate that it (the affair) coincided with our (submarine deal) timeline.

“Abdul Razak was the only common denominator in this. He was the only link, and a tenuous one, at best,” Jasbir is quoted as saying.

‘Not bribery’

Jasbir also denied that the RM452 million paid to Perimekar Sdn Bhd from the deal was bribery.

azlanHe said the payment was for various services rendered by the company, which among others included project management and integration services and coordination works to ensure they meet the Malaysian government’s expectations.

“We’ve been made out to look like profiteers who just sat back and collected when, in fact, there was a lot of hard, tangible work, that was done,” he is quoted as saying.

He said other payments were for the cost of managing 145 Royal Malaysian Navy personnel including 49 officers and dependents, which include:

  • Provision of food, accommodation and necessary services to the personnel in Brest, France and Spain for six years
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Per diem of Euro50 per person
  • Return travel fares to Malaysia three times a year

Perimekar Sdn Bhd is owned by Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), Boustead Holdings Bhd and KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, which is owned by Abdul Razak.

Suaram has filed a case in France against French naval company DCNS over kickbacks allegedly paid out in the Scorpene deal and the probe is still ongoing in Paris.

Scorpene broker: Altantuya never part of the deal – Malaysiakini

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