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Lingam clip is true, says man
KUALA LUMPUR, NST, Jan 13 - A businessman said yesterday that the Lingam video clip was taken by his son.
He had gone to Lingam's house with his son to obtain legal advice on family and business matters.
Loh, 57, claimed that whatever was said in the video clip was true. However, he claimed neither he nor his son knew how the video clip was made public.
The video clip allegedly shows lawyer Lingam brokering judicial appointments with a senior judge.
When contacted, Lingam declined to comment on Loh's claims. However, he said that he would give evidence before the commission.
In an interview at his lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu's house last night, Loh said: "I was not aware then that my son was recording Lingam's telephone conversation. My son, who is now overseas, confirmed that he was responsible."
Saying his son was an avid photographer, Loh claimed that his son had earlier taken photographs of the lawyer's house and a discussion between Lingam and his sister, also a lawyer, on a legal matter when they were in the house.
However, he said, it was a mystery how the clip was made public. He said: " My son claimed that it was stored in a computer and wondered how it went to a third party."
He said he only knew of the existence of the video clip after it was talked about.
Loh said he and his son were prepared to testify before the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
"I will be at the Jalan Duta Court complex to testify before the panel. My son is also prepared to do the same."
Loh, who has business interests here and overseas, said he had no interest in the telephone conversation Lingam had with the unidentified person.
"The conversation started after he (Lingam) received a call. Whatever that was spoken and now widely publicised is true," he claimed.
Loh said it was also true that he posed several questions to Lingam after the conversation ended, which included who he was talking to.
"He told me it was the Chief Judge of Malaya," he added.
Loh claimed that since then, unknown individuals had been trailing him and his office had been broken into on several occasions.
Americk Singh said the evidence of his client and the client's son was important as it was covered by the terms and reference of the commission.
"We feel they can go straight to the commission and assist in the inquiry. They need not give any statement to the ACA first."
Last December, the government announced the setting up of the commission headed by former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Nor.
The commission members are Tan Sri Amar Steve Shim Lip Kiong, Datuk Mahadev Shankar, Puan Sri Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh and Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim.
The terms of reference of the commission are:
- to ascertain the authenticity of the video clip;
- to identify the speaker, the person he was speaking to in the video clip and the persons mentioned in the conversation;
- to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the content of the conversation in the video clip;
- to determine whether any act of misbehaviour had been committed by the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip; and,
- to recommend any appropriate course of action to be taken against the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip should such person or persons be found to have committed any misbehaviour.
Sixteen witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify before the commission.