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The “emotional” press conference on 24 April (Thursday).
In the photo (left to right) was Shariibuu’s lawyer and NGO representative Munkhsaruul Mijiddorj (aka Muggii), Stev Shariibuu, PKR President and Opposition leader in Parliament Wan Azizah, Lawyer and PKR’s Vice President R Sivarasah (MP for Petaling Jaya). Also present were PKR deputy president Syed Husin and vice-president Tian Chua (MP for Batu). They were not in the photos.
As an Opposition MP/ leader in Parliament, it is in Azizah’s hands to take up these issues in Parliament when it sits on April 28. We have 82 MPs in Parliament now, surely many questions can be asked to make this trial speedy. Questions that can only be raised in Parliament.
1. Who ordered Altantuya’s killing?
2. Who ordered the explosives that killed Altantuya?
3. Was she dead or alive before she was blown to smitherns?
These are some of the querries for now. And I will never tire of asking them AGAIN and AGAIN till we get some answers.
Contrary to what some detractors say, this trial is not only about a single woman, it is about international relations, performance of the court and judges, and the question of our basic human rights – right to free and fair trial. What becomes of us, if we were to undergo the same madness? Can we put our feet in Shariibuu’s shoes for a moment?
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “judicial reform” would come to naught if he doesnt deal with this one. What do you mean we have to delay the trial because the trial judge Mohd Zaki has too much on his hands? You mean there is only one trial judge in the whole of Shah Alam?
This is clearly an administrative matter, not even a question of fair trial or justice yet!
In a way, the two (Shariibuu and Azizah) can emphatise with each other over the shenanigans of the court house.
“Ala…Susan, tak kan you tak tau…remember Brother Anwar’s trial? They make us rush to court only to be told some story…?” she shared when I spoke to her on Wednesday.
Azizah, too, had experienced immense pain when her husband Anwar was sack from his deputy prime minister’s post in 1998 and later stood on trial for sodomy and corruption. You’ve got to be in it to know how it feels. Anwar was blown to bits, but not by explosives. Altantuya was. Anwar is alive and kicking, but where is Altantuya?
Above, Muggii is speaking on behalf of 46 women and children NGOs in Mongolia. Not only will the campaigners for Altantuya’s justice in Ulanbaator raise this issue at the International level if the case goes awry in this land but Mongolia is said to ‘sever’ its ties with Malaysia if the verdict is unfair.
Altantuya died on our land. But it seems we are rather silent here on the NGO front. It is not that the Mongolian NGOs have not reached out? Like I said earlier, this is NOT about Altantuya alone. The personal is political. Whatever affects a woman, especially the nature and on-goings of this case, affects all of us.
At the press conference, an issue that was raised by Shariibuu and Muggii was also the official letters sent by the Mongolian government to Malaysia (three of them in total!). Seems like they have been ignored by Abdullah as it was a PM to PM communication.
Let us ask Abdullah – have you seen the letter and what have you done with it? Are they lying unopened on your desk while you are trying to get over your losses in the last general elections. or, have they indeed been opened but you decide not to care about it?
We are being viewed as arrogant by the Indonesians, Thais, Singaporeans, as well as by many of our neighbours. Now, we add to this list the Mongolians. How indecent and irresponsible of the PM and his Foreign Minister for not even acknowledging the receipt of letters from their Mongolian counterparts. Who are we protecting? (Malaysia-Today)
As you can see, loads of reporters, interest of the case lingers, but can they report the truth? Shariibuu’s “outburst” caught their attention, so was Mongolia’s threat to ‘sever’ the ties that bind. The second claim had shocked even the Mongolian Consul in Malaysia, Dato’ Abdul Rahman. “It’s not official,” he says.
Was the STAR among the journalists present there? It seems they did not carry news about this press event but went ahead to interview Abdul Rahman and publish his statement, which appeared in the Nation section, page 12. Afraid of displeasing the business community?
Writer-activist-film maker Hishamuddin Rais (who was present at the press event) with his new book on Altantuya: Keganasan, Penipuan & Internet (Violence, Lies and Internet). Hisham will launch this book on May 1, in conjunction with Press Freedom month, at Bau Bau Cafe, Annex Building, Central Market, KL.
I’ve got an autograph copy from him. But the book is NOT in my hands yet. Hahaha! Copies are scarce even before the official launch! Hisham, Hisham.
After the so-called “storming out of the press conference“, Shariibuu went upstairs to cool down. Hisham followed him, to give him comfort, and to accompany him smoke a cigarette. Here they are standing outside Anwar’s office. Although they could only communicate with sign language (Shariibuu speaks Russian but not English), Hisham managed to present to Shariibuu his book on Altantuya and the man was quite pleased with it. A smile breaks out on his face, and later he was appreciative. Thank you, Hisham.
Shariibuu meets a political analyst of a different kind – Khalid Jaafar, IKD, PKR’s Think-tank (right). The one standing on the right is Sim Tze Zin, Pulau Jerejak state assembly person and Anwar’s Political Coordinator, and on his left his Yusmadi Yusoff, MP for Balik Pulau and Head of PKR’s International Bureau of Youth Movement.
Read also PRK’s (Malaysia-Today):
It is time for Malaysians to push this issue and not allow the murderers who walk in the corridors of power to get away with this vile and evil deed unscathed. It is time to ‘storm the Bastille’. It is time we sent these sorry excuses for human beings to hell where they deserve to be.
Just as many right thinking Malaysians, I am with you on this!