I stumbled upon Rowena Razak’s blog “At the Finland Station“. Rowena is Abdul Razak Baginda’s daughter. Her post on “Razak Baginda, in the mire and tired of it“, touched my heart in some ways. She maintains that her dad is “innocent” :
I have been silent long enough and been good but allow me this moment of standing up verbally. I think we Malaysians are selective on who is innocent. Have you heard of Razak Baginda? He is my father. He has faced a trial. Correction, he is facing a trial. People call it a farce. Then I put it to you that his year in prison is also a farce. This counts for nothing apparently. No one realises this, we conveniently ignore this fact. I mean, who thinks prison is glamarous anyway? Me talking to my father through a glass is not so glamarous either. I am personally disappointed, not to mention angry at this selectiveness. I think we should be honest with ourselves. An innocent man can come in many forms. Be surprised that Razak Baginda is innocent.
Because he is.
I can understand her sufferings, as a daughter caught in the mire of her family problems. I do admire her for being strong in spite of it all. I shot her an email to say just that. And to tell her that although I often write about Altantuya, my mind is open. That if her dad were innocent, he should speak up. That he should not suffer the crime of others.
Rowena has sent me a very kind reply, but I will not publish her comments until she gives me permission to. This post is dedicated to her because she represents another side of the story that we would never be allowed to hear (or read). Hope you don’t mind, Rowena.
I hope Rowena takes heart in all this, though if I were in her position, I wouldn’t take it any easier. Indeed, the perpetrators of this heinous crime against Altantuya does not know who else they victimise in the course of their cruelty. The list is long and I hope they would pay dearly for it.
It could happen to any of us.
Those who ask why only Altantuya also does not seem to understand that this is NOT only about Altantuya. It is about our judicial process, our police investigations, the credibility of defense lawyers and prosecutors. It is also about crime against women. And if there is indeed, high level political cover up, then the integrity of the top leadership and whole nation is in question as well.
And what about the “innocence” of the accused? They could never be proven innocent if the courts are not free and fair.
Are people too blind to see these things because they are too blinded by personal interests?
If you still ask why Altantuya, I will ask you why do you need to champion the cause of governments, ministers or politicians? – Whether it is Abdullah Najib or Anwar. Only feudal minded creatures will do this.
For your information, they have their own propaganda machines to champion their causes. They don’t need you because you are just a pawn in their sick and cruel games.
And for those who still so naively ask “what connection” of a certain minister. Read ASIA SENTINEL – who tries to connect the dots for you: “Malaysian Deputy Premier denies murder links”
My only problem with the article is this. Asia Sentinel said:
“He (Shariibuu) managed to attend the opening of the Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia’s parliament, on Tusday, where he spoke briefly to the prime minister before Badawi offered him a cursory greeting and a promise that “Justice will be served.”
I was there and witnessed only a handshake between the two and Abdullah (Badawi) saying “How are you?”. I don’t think Abdullah promised anything, none that I heard of anyway, being at a short distance from the happening, and after having confirmed with Shariibuu what took place between the two men.