PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has given Asia Sentinel journalist John Berthelsen 48 hours to issue an unconditional apology to her for allegations made in his article "Malaysian PM's Wife Seeks Central Bank Governor's Ouster", which was published on July 30.
"Unless Mr Berthelsen has full proof and justification in making the representations and imputations, he is to issue an unconditional and voluntary apology within the next 48 hours," said Rosmah's lawyers Noorhajran Mohd Noor Advocates and Solicitors in a press statement on Friday evening.
The law firm said Rosmah was also concerned about the "improper and outright breach of the publication of her personal account to the public".
"In her view, if no positive action is taken to probe the breach of her account, the same can also happen to the account of other banking consumers," it said.
"This may erode the trust of investors and consumers of financial institutions.
"My client views this breach as being serious, hence the suggestion and hope that a probe be accorded," it added.
It said Berthelsen should surrender all information regarding the matter to the relevant authorities in the investigations, also within the next 48 hours.
The lawyers also pointed out that Rosmah supported any investigation by the lawful authorities, and refuted the claims made in Berthelsen's report.
"My client firmly denies the allegations made by Mr Berthelsen that she is to oust the Governor of the Central Bank," the press statement said.
"My client holds no authority nor any harmful or malicious intent against the said Governor or anyone else."
In the article, Berthelsen, quoting "knowledgeable sources in Kuala Lumpur", wrote that Rosmah "is trying to drive another powerful woman, internationally respected Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, out of the central bank".
"Rosmah is said to be enraged over leaks of her personal financial details. She also fears that Zeti has detailed information on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal that could bring down the government and the prime minister,'' he wrote.
" Insiders say Rosmah, a lightning rod for criticism over her lavish spending, is the field marshal directing the defense of her beleaguered husband's government."