‘Black Rose’ to be released as ebook instead

By Koh Jun Lin

Carpet merchant Deepak Jaikishan’s book The Black Rose will be released as a free ebook beginning tomorrow.

At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, Deepak said he will release details on how the public can download the book tomorrow.

The book is expected to chronicle his involvement with a VIP’s wife in allegedly coercing private investigator P Balasubramaniam into retracting his statutory declaration in 2008.

Deepak was supposed to have launched the book at the press conference today, but decided against it due to legal reasons.

“The objective of today’s press conference is about the book launch as well as the details of my transactions on the land that is sold to Boustead Holdings Bhd.

NONE“But due to the nature of the exposé made by (PKR director of strategy) Rafizi Ramli (left) late this afternoon, I have been advised by my solicitors to sit still until (we) reply to Rafizi,” he said at a press conference today.

He added that he would be giving physical copies of his book to “select groups”, mostly his acquaintances, while members of the public are free to make reprints of his book.

“If you can afford to print it and distribute, feel free. No copyright. I’ll put there ‘copyright free’,” he said.

When asked to comment on Rafizi’s claim that the Defence Ministry’s Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera’s (LTAT) move to buy an 80 percent stake in his company is an attempt to bribe and silence him, Deepak laughed and dismissed it.

“Do you see the attempt working? It is not going to work. I made it very clear, I’m priceless. I’m not for sale. They cannot afford me,” he said. - Mkini

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