All photos by Black.
At a press conference today held by SUARAM and Women’s Development Collective in Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Altantuya’s father, Mr Stev Shariibuu, chided newspapers for “mis-informing” the public about his daughter. He went on to reveal facts about his daughter, confirming various stories by this blogger since the case exploded on Malaysian soil, in November last year.
“The victim’s side had always been reported negatively, misunderstood and had wrong facts”.
First of all he revealed that Altantuya was never a model. She was a professional interpreter. She studied languages for 6 years and had 2 university degrees. (There was another Altantuya who was a model and friend, but it was not his daughter).
He said the media portrayed her as a “prostitute”, as a “bad person”. “But my daughter was a simple person, quite beautiful. Everywhere she goes, every single man will stop and look at her”.
He added that there was even a “contract” between a Malaysian and Mongolian newspapers to write negative stories about Altantuya. “I want to apologise for one word. This is called “prostitution”. When journalist write something and sell it to get rich”.
“Abdul Razak Baginda and my daughter had a business deal, not a sexual relationship,” he said, showing documents that supported his claims. These documents were revealed for the first time.
Shariibuu then asked why was Altantuya killed on 19 october (2006). What was the significance of the date? It was Ramadhan time, where everyone was at home, enjoying with their family.
In Mongolia, he said, it was Mother’s day where daughters bought under wears for their mothers.
“But until today, I could not give that under wear to my wife,” he added.
Lastly, Shariibuu reminded all Malaysians not to forget the Altantuya story. He said he had only one thing to say:
“What duty do policemen have? They are the most trusted people for us. In case something happens, we approach police. But in this case, who committed the crime? The police of Malaysia. That’s why the government must be responsible”.