An opposition politician and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua has refused to apologize for posting a satirical photomontage featuring Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Najib Razak. The photo links the nation’s prime minister to a murdered Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaaribuu. Two of Deputy Prime Minister Razak’s police bodyguards are currently on trial, accused of killing the young woman. Miss Shaariibuu’s body was found in a jungle clearing outside Kuala Lumpur last November.
Opposition politicians are using the Deputy Prime Minister’s link to the two bodyguards to hint at a possible political scandal, but others say Mr. Chua’s tactics are disgraceful and an example of dirty tactics.
A witness has said Mr. Tian Chua saw a photo of Miss Shaariibuu with the deputy prime minister. This photo, however, has never been made public. Instead, Mr. Chua created his own and put it on his website.
What was supposedly comedy has sparked controversy. Politicians want Mr. Chua to apologize for using the photo. Others have demanded that action be taken against Mr. Chua. One minister said if this were the case, others might also be tempted to insult the Prophet Muhammad.
Mr. Chua has refused to apologize or retract the photo from his website.
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