Jun 29, 2007

Najib Razak seen with Altantuya

Update: "Najib Razak" photographed with Mongolian victim, court told (AP News)


I wonder, how many Government official by the name of Najib Razak out there.

If that Najib Razak is the DPM, then how about the last statement made by our DPM during Ijok by-election campaign "Najib Stresses That He Had Never Met Altantuya"

* Checkout Gossip from KLPos and Malaysia's Missing Witness (Asia Sentinel)

(Malaysiakini) A Mongolian witness caused a stir in court today when she revealed that murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu had been photographed having a meal with a Malaysian government official named Najib Razak.

Burmaa Oyunchimeg (left), also known as Amy, told the Shah Alam High Court that Altantuya had shown her the photo when she returned from a trip to France.

It is believed that the government official in the photograph is Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who has close ties with political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

The latter has been charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya, 28.

This morning, Burmaa, 26, had mentioned the photograph when cross examined by deputy public prosecutor Manoj Kurup.

However, she was cut short by the prosecution when she said the photograph showed Altantuya having a meal with Razak and a “government official.” She was then quizzed on other matters.

About 20 minutes later, lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for the deceased’s family, sought permission from the court to pose a question on the photograph.

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Jun 28, 2007

Witness: Altantuya Left Note Of Murder Threat

Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Witness Says Altantuya Left Note Of Murder Threat

  • Altantuya's letter: Razak’s trying to kill me

  • Witness Testify Razak Baginda Did Not Want To Meet Altantuya Anymore

  • Shaariibuu Lodges Report Over Altantuya's Missing Entry Record

  • Witness Claims Altantuya Married Razak In Hong Kong

  • Malaysiakini 'Razak's team proud of my daughter's murder'

  • SHAH ALAM, June 28 (Bernama) -- The murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu Thursday heard about a note left by the Mongolian beauty before she died, relating her ordeal of being harassed and alleged murder threats by political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

    Prosecution's sixth witness Burmaa Oyunchimeg told the High Court here that she found the note, handwritten by Altantuya, while she was packing her cousin's belongings at Hotel Malaya between 9pm and 10pm on Sept 20 last year.

    Testifying during examination-in-chief by DPP Manoj Kurup, Burmaa, 26, a beauty salon operator, said she found the note, written in English on both sides of a Hotel Malaya's letterhead in the front compartment of a white Guess bag belonging to Altantuya.

    She told the court that her cousin wrote in the note that Abdul Razak was trying to kill her.

    Burmaa read out the contents of the note in court:

    "Dear all Malaysian government or police, or Embassy of Mongolia, or newspapers. My name is Shaariibuu Altantuya. I came to Malaysia to see boyfriend Mr Razak Abdullah Baginda. He (is) married and lives with daughter Roweena and wife and parents in Damansara Height, Jalan Setia Jaya 22. His office (is) in Jalan Ampang. Yes, I have been visiting his house and office because I needed to see him. Yes, I asked from him money but I have reasons.

    "I am a nice person, I can't hurt someone but Mr A. Razak Baginda is a powerful person. He has money. He has connections in (with) police, in government. He (is) trying to scare me, trying to kill me.

    "He send his two Indian men to follow me, one of them Suraj (K. Suras) Kumar, he (has) been coming to my hotel room every morning around 5am and knocking (on the) door, trying to scare me.

    "They (have) been following me for four to five days. Even to my hotel, I'm staying, workers (also) know. That time I (was) really scared, I have some problems now.

    "Mr Razak Baginda promised to help me when I was (in) Mongolia. That (is) why I came to see him and for help. But he (is) trying to kill me and that Indians told me they have connections with police, so they will put (me) to jail.

    "Yes, maybe I did mistake to bother him, to blackmail him but if he didn't promise to me, I would never come from far away to Malaysia. The only reason I am here is I'm asking help from Mr Razak."

    "I get P.I., private investigator Mr Poh. But today, he told me that Indians would kill and put (me) down from window. And before I write (this) letter, I suicide myself because I have no choice, he told that they have my letters so they kill (me) and say she suicide."

    Burmaa told the court that she later handed the note to Altantuya's father Setev Shaariibuu.

    Manoj tendered the note as an exhibit in the high-profile trial which entered the ninth day today.

    Before adjourning for lunch, Manoj told the court that he would be tendering four more notes written on Hotel Malaya letterheads when the trial resumes this afternoon.

    In the dock is Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, from the police special action unit, charged with murdering Altantuya at lots between 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Abdul Razak, 46, is accused of abetting the two policemen in the murder. The three face the death sentence if convicted.

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    Jun 27, 2007

    Altantuya Missing After Visit To Abdul Razak's House, Says Witness

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Altantuya Missing After Visit To Abdul Razak's House, Says Witness

  • Altantuya Continued To Visit Bala Despite Threat, Court Told

  • MalaysiaKini : Altantuya married Razak in Hong Kong

  • SHAH ALAM, June 27 (Bernama) -- A private investigator hired by Altantuya Shaariibuu told the High Court here Wednesday that he no longer received calls from the Mongolian part-time model after she went to political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda's house last October.

    Ang Chong Beng, 56, who continued testifying on the eighth day of the high-profile murder trial, said before her disappearance Altantuya told him that P. Balasubramaniam had asked her to go to Abdul Razak's house to meet him.

    He added that Altantuya said this through the phone at about 6pm on Oct 19, 2006 while he was driving back to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baharu.

    Ang, the fifth prosecution witness, said Altantuya had asked him to send her to Abdul Razak's house in Damansara Heights but told her that he could not do so.

    Questioned by Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup, Ang said he then asked Altantuya to take the taxi to Abdul Razak's house.

    Manoj: After that, did you receive any call from Altantuya?

    Ang: No.

    Manoj: When did you receive news on what happened to Altantuya after that?

    Ang: On Oct 20. I can't remember the time. Her cousin called me to say that Altantuya did not return.

    Ang said he then went to see the two Mongolian women identified as Uuriintuya Gal Ochir and Altantuya's cousin, Namiraa Gerelma and took them to lodge a police report on Altantuya's disappearance.

    He said before the report was made at the Jalan Tun H.S. Lee police station, he had spoken to Amy (Burmaa Oyunchimeg) who requested him to make the report.

    Ang said he translated into Bahasa Malaysia for Namiraa in making the police report as she was not proficient in English.

    "She could only speak a few words of English. She said, `Altantuya no come back'," he said.

    Manoj: What did you tell the police when Namiraa said `Altantuya no come back'?

    Ang: I told the police that Altantuya had gone to the house of Abdul Razak and did not return.

    Ang admitted that the report was made in his own words but based on his knowledge and information given by Namiraa and also by Altantuya earlier.

    He said Altantuya's age and their room number at Hotel Malaya were given by Namiraa.

    Manoj: What about the second sentence in the report which reads, `On Oct 19, 2006 my friend received a call from an Indian man saying that her husband had asked my friend to go to No. 22, Jalan Setiajaya, Damansara Heights'? Where did this information come from?

    Ang: "Altantuya had phoned me on Oct 19, 2006 to inform me about it.

    Manoj: Why divulge this information?

    Ang: Because I knew about the matter.

    Manoj: The following sentence, `For information, my friend had married Abdul Razak bin Abdullah.' Where this information came from?

    Ang: Altantuya told me that Abdul Razak was her husband.

    Ang said he then signed the report in the space, `Jurubahasa' (translator), and explained the content to Namiraa.

    He also testified that he wanted to make the police report himself as he knew Altantuya as his client who had disappeared, but because Namiraa and Altantuya were closely related, he allowed her cousin to do it.

    Ang said he then asked Inspector Mohd Faizol Azuhan Che Omar for help to save Altantuya and they went straight to Abdul Razak's house.

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    Altantuya Continued To Visit Bala Despite Threat, Court Told

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Altantuya Continued To Visit Bala Despite Threat, Court Told

  • Record Of Altantuya And Friends' Entry To Malaysia Deleted - Uuriintuya

  • SHAH ALAM, June 26 (Bernama) -- Altantuya Shaariibuu's friend, Uuriintuya Gal Ochir told the High Court here that the part-time model continued to meet Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda's private investigator, P. Balasubramaniam and his assistant, K. Suras Kumar although the two men had threatened and harassed her.

    Uuriintuya, 30, said Altantuya did so because she had to see Abdul Razak even if it was only for a moment.

    She disclosed this to the court during cross-examination by defence counsel Wong Kian Kheong who is representing Abdul Razak in the hearing into the murder of Altantuya.

    Wong: "You testified that Suras came to your room five times. (Do you) agree that Suras came to the room after the threats were made on 11 Oct?

    Uuriintuya: "Yes."

    Wong: "(Do you) agree that on the five occasions Suras came to the room, you could have refused to allow him to enter?"

    Uuriintuya: "No."

    Wong: "Did you call the hotel management when Suras banged loudly on the door?"

    Uuriintuya: "Only on the last (fifth) occasion and for the first four times Altantuya told the hotel people don't let the motorbike guy to come. But these are people of different shifts. The (staff from the) other shifts let him in."

    Ealier Uuriintuya, a housewife, testified that she had never seen Abdul Razak in Mongolia and she did not know whether the political analyst had married Altantuya in October 2006.

    Uuriintuya said although she did not know about the marriage, she had never asked Altantuya about it.

    She also refuted Wong's allegation during the cross-examination that she had conspired and discussed with Namiraa Gerelmaa, 23, on what transpired in 2006 before testifying in court.

    Wong: "Did Namiraa tell you about what happened to her in court?"

    Uuriintuya: "No. She only told me that she raised her hand."

    Earlier when cross-examined by Wong, Uuriintuya told the court that she was in her fourth month of pregnancy when she followed Altantuya to this country.

    Wong: "Before coming to Malaysia in October 2006, did you enquire from any tour agency about Malaysia?"

    Uuriintuya: "No."

    Wong: "Did you book a return ticket in Mongolia before coming to Malaysia?. What was the scheduled return date from Kuala Lumpur to Mongolia?"

    Uuriintuya: "Yes. It was an open ticket. I (had) intended to stay three to seven days."

    Uuriintuya also said she did not have a credit card before coming to Malaysia in October 2006 and just had USD$1800 (cash money).

    Responding to a question from Wong how she knew that Balasubramaniam and Suras Kumar had threatened her beginning Oct 11 last year whereas she did not understand English and that no one had translated to her, Uurintuya said: "I can feel and see it. I see the body language and face, I know."

    The trial before Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin continues tomorrow.

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    Michael Backman blasts Malaysia again..

    The famous "Malaysia Bodoh" author, Michael Backman is back. Here are some of the famous personalities pointed out by Michael Backman:

  • Corruption allegations against former ACA director-general Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor

  • Murder of Mongolian model, Altantuya

  • PM Abdullah as a bad Home affairs minister

  • Corruption allegations against Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud

  • With this cash I thee wed: here comes the bribe

    A NEW term has emerged in Malaysian political debate and it arose from a column I wrote at the end of last year.

    In the column, I said that Malaysian government waste wasn't "Malaysia boleh" (the national slogan that means "Malaysia can") but "Malaysia bodoh" ("bodoh" translates as stupid.) The column was emailed pretty much to anyone with an email account.

    Many in Malaysia have taken to referring to government waste and poor decision making as coming from "Bodohland".

    But really the term is too strong because there's a lot that is good in Malaysia. And besides, Malaysia is still a developing country. Allowances need to be made for that, but then the Malaysian Government needs to be careful that allowances do not become excuses.

    Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi came to office in 2003 claiming he would tackle corruption. His efforts have been less than "boleh".

    The man he appointed to head the anti-corruption agency was soon accused of corruption. At about the same time, a deputy police minister was accused of taking bribes to set criminal suspects free.

    Abdullah did not require either man to step aside while investigations were made. Instead, he insisted that 85 per cent of corruption allegations proved baseless.

    But then, that is because most are inadequately investigated in the first place.

    Probably, there's less top-level corruption than is commonly imagined. The most damaging corruption that eats away at the very foundations of Malaysia as a civil society relates to police corruption.

    A recent survey by Transparency International found that the public and business nominated the police as Malaysia's most corrupt institution, far ahead of more obvious candidates such as public works authorities or land offices.

    A royal commission established by Abdullah called for an independent police complaints body to be set up. But the police chiefs objected. So, one was not set up.

    Last year, Malaysians were shocked by the particularly nasty murder of a Mongolian model who had claimed to have had a child by the head of the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, a local think tank with links to ruling party UMNO and the Malaysian armed forces. The head was close to Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

    The model was shot twice and her body blown up by hand grenades or explosives, presumably in an attempt to destroy evidence. Two members of an elite police unit were arrested for the murder. The unit is under Najib's administration.

    That police allegedly would not only commit a murder but then go to such gruesome lengths to destroy the evidence sums up for many Malaysians all that is rotten about their police force. The trial of the police opened on Monday.

    Why have Malaysians had to put up with such rotten police for so long? It makes you ask who is in charge. The police are under the Home Affairs Ministry. And, who was home affairs minister under the last prime minister? Current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

    Elsewhere a police minister in charge of such a corrupt police force would be fired, not promoted to be prime minister. But of course that would be to judge the Malaysian Government by the international standards from which it has long asked to be excused.

    In more disappointing news for ordinary Malaysians, nine Japanese shipping companies that transport timber from Malaysia's timber-rich Sarawak state have been accused by Japanese tax authorities of failing to report $US9 million ($A10.6 million) income between 1999 and 2006.

    The money was paid to a Hong Kong company, Regent Star, which is connected to Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sarawak's Chief Minister since 1981, and his family.

    The Japanese authorities decided these payments were not legitimate tax expenses but bribes. Taib Mahmud has denied the allegations and has asked his administration's anti-corruption agency to investigate. He has not stood aside.

    Not only is Taib Mahmud the Chief Minister, he is also Resource Management and Planning Minister. This means he is also Forestry Minister. And that is fortuitous because his brother, Moh'd Tufail bin Mahmud, is co-owner of Sanyan Group, one of Sarawak's biggest timber companies.

    When the state-controlled cement and construction group CMS was privatised, it was sold to the Chief Minister's family. Two of the Chief Minister's sons are directors and CMS now gets the lion's share of state government road works and construction tenders.

    Wealth from CMS and huge timber concessions have helped the family to buy a bank in Malaysia, and many other assets. The Malaysian media has reported, for example, that Taib Mahmud's wife and children control an Australian company, Sitehost, which owns the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide.

    The wealth of Taib Mahmud and his family has long been an embarrassment to the Malaysian Government — but Taib Mahmud delivers votes and parliamentary seats.

    As for the Japanese bribery allegations, no doubt Taib Mahmud and his family will be exonerated. Perhaps the Japanese are confused. Or perhaps bribes were paid and the independent investigation is not independent.

    But it does seem unlikely that Taib Mahmud or his family would take bribes. They are already very wealthy and it's hard to imagine they could be that greedy.

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    Jun 26, 2007

    Witness : We Did Not Come To KL To Extort Money

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Witness : We Did Not Come To KL To Extort Money

  • Altantuya Wore Diamond Ring, Branded Watch, Court Told

  • Altantuya Paid US$600 To Investigate Her Husband - Private Eye

  • (BERNAMA) Uuriintuya Gal-Ochir, a friend of the murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, denied in the High Court here Tuesday that she, Altantuya and Altantuya's cousin, Namiraa Gerelmaa, came to Malaysia to extort money from political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

    Uuriintuya, 30, also rejected a suggestion from Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, the counsel for Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, the second accused in the Altantuya murder trial, that private investigator Ang Chong Beng was hired by Altantuya to help achieve their plan.

    The fourth prosecution witness, who continued her testimony today, also refuted another suggestion from Kamarul Hisham that she knew that private investigator P. Balasubramaniam and his assistant, K. Suras Kumar, were engaged by Abdul Razak to protect him from them.

    Kamarul Hisham made the three suggestions when cross-examining Uuriintuya on why she did not ask Altantuya, 28, anything about Abdul Razak and the harassment from Balasubramaniam and Suras Kumar during their stay in Malaysia in October last year.

    Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 31, and Sirul Azhar, 35, both from the police special action squad, of murdering Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year at Lots 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam.

    The political analyst is accused of committing the offence between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 last year at his office in Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli in Ampang.

    Earlier, Uuriintuya was asked to identify Altantuya's pair of earrings and a white diamond-studded gold ring.

    Uuriintuya said she saw Altantuya wearing the jewellery and a watch before she went missing after going to Abdul Razak's house on the night of Oct 19.

    Uuriintuya said throughout her friendship with Altantuya, she had never asked her friend (Altantuya) on why she needs to meet Abdul Razak.

    Uuriintuya also said she had never met Abdul Razak in Mongolia and did not know anything about Altantuya's marriage with the political analyst.

    She also denied colluding with Namiraa to testify in this high-profile murder case.

    Uuriintuya will continue her testimony after the lunch break.

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    Jun 25, 2007

    Japanese court sentences 4 ex-Mitutoyo officials for illegal exports nuclear measuring devices

    Case proven in Japan, but not in Malaysia?.
    Pelik tapi Benar!

    (AP News) A Japanese court handed down suspended sentences to four ex-employees of Japanese precision equipment maker Mitutoyo Corp. on Monday for illegally exporting measuring devices that can be used in producing nuclear weapons.

    Former Mitutoyo Chairman Norio Takatsuji was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, and former President Kazusaku Tezuka to three years, a Tokyo District Court spokeswoman said.

    Their sentences were suspended for five years each, said the spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.

    Two other officials _ former managing director and export controls and inspections chief Hideyo Chikugo and former factory director Tetsuo Kimura _ also received suspended sentences, she said. Chikugo was sentenced to two years and four months, while Kimura was sentenced to two years. Both sentences were suspended for four years, she said.

    The four men have admitted to the charges against them. They were arrested in August 2006 for violating foreign exchange and customs laws.

    They exported five of their devices to a subsidiary in Malaysia via Singapore between October 2001 and July 2005 without obtaining government permission.

    In Monday's ruling, the Kawasaki-based company was ordered to pay a fine of 45 million yen (US$363,000; 270,000Yen), the court spokeswoman said.

    Mitutoyo admitted in November 2006 that it had broken the law in the case, which involved the export of three-dimensional measuring devices.

    The devices measure cylinders with great precision and can be used on centrifuges employed in uranium enrichment, a process that can produce civilian nuclear fuel or fissile material for a nuclear weapon, government officials say.

    Though Malaysia is not on Japan's export blacklist, Japanese laws still require companies to receive government authorization for sensitive exports valued at more than US$8,500 (6,858), regardless of the country.

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    Altantuya's cousin : Abdul Razak Baginda threatened to kill us

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Namiraa (Altantuya's cousin): "Abdul Razak Baginda threatened to kill us"

  • Altantuya's Cousin Shocked Over Contradictions In Police Report

  • Abdul Razak Arrives In Court With New Look

  • As reported by The Sun:
    Namiraa Gerelmaa, the third witness in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial, told the High Court here today that she, her cousin (Altantuya) and their friend Gal Ochir Uuriintuya lodged apolice report on Oct 19 because Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda threatened to kill them.

    Namiraa, 23, who accompanied Altantuya to Malaysia to look for the political analyst, said the threatening message was related to them by Abdul Razak’s private investigator P. Balasubramaniam and his assistant K.Suras Kumar.

    "Suras Kumar and Balasubramaniam threatened to kill us, to throw us out of the window. Every night, around 3am to 5am, Suras came to the hotel and forcefully knocked on the door to enter our room," she said during theexamination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup, Bernama reported today.

    Today was Namiraa’s second day to be called to the witness stand.

    Namiraa, who spoke in Mongolian and translated into English by Mongolian interpreter Engkhjargal Tsetsgee, was the first called to the stand last Friday (June 22).

    Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, from the police Special Action Squad are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, in a location between lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20. Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting them between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45am the following day in the Federal Territory of KualaLumpur.

    and report from MalaysiaKini :
    During cross examination Abdul Razak’s counsel Wong Kiang Kheong asked Namiraa why did Altantuya continue to look for his client at his house despite the harassment from Suras and Balasubramaniam and lodging a police report against them.

    “I don’t know,” she answered but said she was worried when Altantuya decided to go to Abdul Razak’s house alone on the night of Oct 19.

    Wong also quizzed Namiraa about her flight tickets which she answered that all three of them had purchased their return air tickets before entering Malaysia as tourists.

    “I came to visit Malaysia and to find out about studying a language course. My mother paid for my ticket,” she pointed out.

    Asked to relate her conversation with Altantunya before leaving Mongolia, she said: “Altantuya told me that she was coming (to Malaysia) to visit her boyfriend but never told me his name. I also did not ask for it.”

    Namiraa also said that she did not know about Altantuya demanding US$500,000 and three air tickets to Mongolia from Abdul Razak.

    Last Tuesday, first prosecution witness Balasubramaniam told the court that Altantuya had made those demands from Abdul Razak two days before she was murdered

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    Jun 22, 2007

    Shaariibuu : "Razak’s wife punched and kicked me"

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Shaariibuu : "Abdul Razak’s wife punched me"

  • Shaariibuu weeps when shown photo of daughter

  • Judge orders Altantuya, Razak families be kept apart

  • Shaariibuu: Altantuya came to see a 'Baginda'

  • As reported by MalaysiaKini:

    A different kind of drama unfolded in the Altantuya murder trial today when prosecution witness Shaariibuu Setev claimed from the witness stand that he was assaulted and harassed by Abdul Razak Baginda’s wife.

    Shaariibuu, the second prosecution witness, said Mazlina Makhzan had kicked him this morning.

    He also claimed that she had also punched him in the stomach as she passed by him during a break this morning.

    Shaariibuu added that Mazlina had been harassing him since the beginning of the murder trial of his daughter Altantuya.

    “The last incident was just now, before the break, she hit my body,” he said drawing protests from Abdul Razak’s family members who had attended court since the trial began on Monday.

    After hearing his complaints, Shah Alam High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ordered that the families of Abdul Razak Baginda and Shaariibuu Setev be kept apart.

    When met outside the court, Mazlina denied harassing or assaulting Shaariibuu.

    "What a lie," she told reporters who approached her for comments

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    Looks like our "Jantan" Minister has done it again.

    "Jeff Ooi - Don't complain, folks. You get the government you deserved."

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    Jun 21, 2007

    Witness : "Razak Baginda Did Not Ask Me To Kill Altantuya"

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam told the High Court here Thursday that throughout his service with Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, the political analyst had never asked him to kill or injure Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

  • Abdul Razak Baginda told his private investigator he did not know what happened after Altantuya Shaariibuu was taken away from the front of his house in a car on Oct 19, the High Court heard today.

  • Balasubramaniam admitted he had told the lawyer he charged RM800 a day or RM7,000 for a 20-day package deal.

  • As reported by MalaysiaKini:
    The murder trial of slain Mongolian Altantuya Shaarriibuu took an interesting turn as the prosecution witness revealed today that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda never ordered him to kill her.

    Private investigator P Balasubramaniam, 47, hired by Razak to keep Altantuya away from him was being cross examined by Razak’s counsel Wong Kian Kheong on the fourth day of the high-profile murder trial at the Shah Alam High Court.

    Wong: Has Razak ever asked you to hurt anybody?

    Balasubramaniam: (through a translator) No, he hasn’t.

    Wong: At any point in time and at any instance, has he asked you to do so?
    Balasubramaniam: No, he has never asked me to hurt anybody.

    Wong: Did he ask you to kill Altantuya?
    Balasubramaniam: No, he never did (ask me to kill Altantuya).

    Balasubramaniam also revealed that he was employed by Razak back in August last year when Wong asked him about it.

    Wong: Do you agree that the first time which you offered private investigative services to Razak was in August 2006?
    Balasubramaniam: Yes, I do.

    Wong: Was the assignment to guard Razak’s office (Bangunan Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur) for one week?

    Balasubramaniam: Yes, it was.

    Wong: Do you agree that both the assignments in August and October last year had the same primary objective that is to stop Altantuya from disturbing Razak?

    Balasubramaniam: Yes, I agree.

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    Jun 20, 2007

    Witness : "Azilah Was Driver Of Car That Took Altantuya"

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Chief Insp Azilah Hadri was identified in the High Court here today as the driver of the red Proton Wira car that took Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu away from the house of political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda last Oct 19

  • Altantuya had created a scene outside Abdul Razak's house late on Oct 17 last year, screaming abuses and demanding that the political analyst speak to her.

  • She was later taken to the police station but her private eye, Ang Chong Beng, persuaded her not to lodge a police report against Abdul Razak, with whom she had a whirlwind affair. That was when she made known her demand.

  • Balasubramaniam later met Abdul Razak on this and he said he would discuss it with a "pegawai atasan" (senior officer) and would take action after that.

  • SHAH ALAM, June 20 (Bernama) -- Chief Insp Azilah Hadri was identified in the High Court here today as the driver of the red Proton Wira car that took Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu away from the house of political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda last Oct 19.

    Pointing to Azilah in the dock as the driver, Abdul Razak's private investigator P. Balasubramaniam said he also saw another woman seated in the back of the car with Altantuya.

    (Yesterday Balasubramaniam, the first prosecution witness, told the court that he saw Altantuya being detained and taken away by three police personnel on the night the Mongolian was killed.)

    Azila, 30, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, of the Bukit Aman Special Action Unit, are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Abdul Razak, 46, is charged with abetting them in the Federal Territory between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 last year.

    Balasundram, 47, said that he called Abdul Razak to inform him as Altantuya was being taken away.

    He said that the following day he met Abdul Razak at the latter's office at Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 2pm and 3pm.

    He said that although his service as Abdul Razak's private investigator ended on Oct 26 last year, Abdul Razak still kept in touch with him and had forwarded him an SMS containing a threat from Altantuya's sister, Amy.

    Between Oct 26 and Nov 7 last year he had contacted Abdul Razak several times to enquire about Altantuya's murder and what had really happened but Abdul Razak said that he himself did not know, he added.

    Balasubramaniam said he learnt about the murder when he was called to make an identification at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on Nov 1 2006.

    He called Abdul Razak to inform him and the latter said that he would contact senior police officers.

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    Jun 19, 2007

    Altantuya Demanded US$$500,000 From Abdul Razak

    Updates on Altantuya murder case:

  • Altantuya Shaariibuu demanded USD$500,000 cash from Abdul Razak Baginda

  • The prosecution told that he has proof that political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda and two policemen conspired and planned the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu

  • Altantuya Was Blown Up By Two Policemen, Prosecution Tells Court

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    The Altantuya murder trial

    Shaariibuu just wants justice to be done and fair reporting for Altantuya

    SHAH ALAM, June 19 (Bernama) -- Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu demanded USD$500,000 cash and three air tickets to Mongolia from political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda just a few days day before her murder, the High Court here was told Tuesday.

    Abdul Razak's private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, 47, said the demand was made in a meeting between him, Altantuya and her private investigator, Ang Chong Bend, outside the Brickfields police station between 11pm and midnight on Oct 17 last year.

    Altantuya made the demand after Ang persuaded her not to lodge a police report against Abdul Razak.

    She was taken to the police station after creating a scene outside the house of Abdul Razak's father by screaming abuses and demanding that Abdul Razak come out and speak to her, Balasubramaniam said on the second day of the trial before Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin.

    Chief Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, of the police Special Action Unit are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, at a location between lots 12843 and 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Abdul Razak, 46, is alleged to have abetted them in the Federal Territory between 9.54am on Oct 18 last year and 9.45pm the following day.

    Balasubramaniam said he conveyed the demand to Abdul Razak's family lawyer the same night and Abdul Razak the following day.

    Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Raya Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah on his meeting with Abdul Razak at the latter's office in Bangunan Getah Asli, Jalan Ampang to inform him of the demand, he said: "Abdul Razak said he would discuss it with senior police officers whom he knew and would take action after that."

    The hearing continues in the afternoon.

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    Jun 18, 2007

    Abdul Razak Baginda ordered the killing of Altantuya

    Updates from today's court proceeding:

  • Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul Razak abetted two accused police officers "in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed."

  • Karpal's Application For Judge To Withdraw From Case Rejected

  • As we all know, if all three accused are found to be guily, then they will face the death penalty.
    (MalaysiaKini) A Malaysian political analyst ordered the killing of his former Mongolian lover, a prosecutor said in his opening statements at a politically charged murder trial on Monday.

    Abdul Razak Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a slaying that stunned Malaysia.

    Lead prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah told the High Court that Abdul Razak abetted two accused police officers "in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed."

    Tun Majid said the policemen, Azilah Hadri, 30, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, "carried out the killing," and told the court a confession from Sirul would be among the evidence presented.

    He said Altantuya had written a note to Abdul Razak in which she threatened his child if he refused to help her financially.

    Prosecutors also intend to prove that a car owned by Azilah was used to take Altantuya to the murder scene in Shah Alam district southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Tun Majid said.

    "The prosecution will prove the cause of death was 'probable blast-related injuries' as is proven in a medical report by pathologists," he said.

    A pair of blood-stained slippers were found in a car belonging to Sirul, and DNA testing confirmed the blood was from Altantuya, he said.

    All three accused face the death penalty if convicted.

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    The trial resumes today

    Let the truth prevail and punish those that are guilty.

    SHAH ALAM, June 18 (Bernama) -- The trial over the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu resumed at the Shah Alam High Court at 9.40am Monday before Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin.

    The court was packed with the family members of the accused and members of the media, some arriving as early as 5.30am to secure seats in the public gallery that can accommodate only 120 people.

    The trial is being closely followed by local and foreign media due to the presence of political analyst, Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, who is charged with abetting two policemen in the murder of Altantuya, 28.

    Police Special Action Squad personnel, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, are charged with committing the murder between Lot 12843 and Lot 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja, near here between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 last year.

    Abdul Razak is charged with abetting the policemen at his office on Level 10, Bangunan Getah Asli, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur on Oct 18 last year.

    The three accused face the death sentence if convicted.

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    Jun 15, 2007

    Altantuya's father is unhappy with the government

    C'mon Malaysia, where is the spirit of MALAYSIA BOLEH?. We are so proud that we managed to scale the tallest mountain in the world, but we can't even be fully prepared for a court case. I wonder will there be another shocking revelation this coming Monday?.

    SHAH ALAM, June 14 (Bernama) -- "Enough is enough! Please don't postpone my daughter's murder trial again. I have been traumatised enough."

    This was the heart-rending appeal of Dr Shaariibuu Setev, the distraught father of the Mongolian model whose murder trial was postponed when it came up for hearing on June 4.

    The murder trial of Altantuya Shaariibuu has been fixed for Monday at the Shah Alam High Court.

    Shaariibuu, Director of the Centre of Information and Education at the National University of Mongolia, said: "Everyone in Mongolia, including the prime minister, is eagerly waiting for the trial to start.

    "I want the relevant authorities to give me a guarantee that there will be no more postponements, even if triggered by the trivial excuse.

    "The explanation given by the Attorney-General (for postponement of the trial) did not satisfy me, in the least. I am quite anxious what might transpire on Monday," he said, adding that his two nieces and a friend of Altantuya, who are witnesses in the high-profile trial, might return to Mongolia in the event of a second postponement.

    Shaariibuu, 57, was speaking in a packed press conference at a five-star hotel here today. He was assisted by a Mongolian translator, Bayar Puverdorj.

    and report from MalaysiaKini:
    Shaariibuu said the Malaysian government had ignored letters from the Mongolian government pleading for transparency in the trial, and also alleged he was being censored by Malaysia's media.

    "If the trial is again postponed, it will be proved it is really a political issue," he said.

    "She was murdered because she knows too much," Shaariibuu said, although he declined to elaborate.

    Analysts view the High Court trial as a key test of Malaysia's judicial and political integrity because of Abdul Razak's connections to the government.

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    Jun 14, 2007

    So is Universiti Malaya moving?

    As reported earlier by Business Times, RockyBru, Ruhanie Ahmad, and MalaysiaKini, about the news that Universiti Malaya (UM) will relocate its campus from Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, to a large swath of undeveloped land in Sepang Selangor. Almost everyone was shocked by this news. So now that UM has voiced its opinion, I wonder whether there will be a move after all.

    (The Star) Universiti Malaya (UM) has no plan to relocate to its campus, describing the present location as one of its strengths.

    “UM would like to state categorically that it is not relocating from its current location nor is it in any negotiations with any parties to that effect,” said the university's International and Corporate Relations Office director Associate Prof Dr Khoo Boo Teong in a statement yesterday.

    According to a news report on Tuesday, property developer GuocoLand (Malaysia) Bhd, controlled by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, had made a bid for the UM grounds.

    The report said that if the bid was approved, the development would complement GuocoLand's planned RM1.2bil Damansara City development project and the university would be relocated to Sepang, where the company has a landbank of 4,860ha.

    A company source was quoted as saying that such a development was estimated to have a gross development value of RM10bil.

    Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed also said it was “absolutely not true” that the university was relocating.

    “UM's location is very historic. It is staying put,” he said after chairing the ministry's post-Cabinet meeting yesterday.

    UM vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim expressed shock.

    “The university is a heritage. You can't just pluck it out and put it somewhere else. The university management will not allow it,” she said from London yesterday.

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    Jun 13, 2007

    Experts cautious on oil pipeline project

    I wonder whether this is going to be classified as MEGA PROJECT?. Remember 2004 election manifesto, anyone?. From the opinions given by experts, hopefully this project will not turn out to be another white elephant.

    Photo from MalaysiaKini

    (AFP) Oil industry players have given only cautious approval to Malaysia's multi-billion-dollar northern pipeline project, citing slowing oil demand in the Asian region and cost concerns.

    The owner of the project has said it will cost seven billion dollars over seven years to build, with the aim of transporting Middle East oil to East Asia by diverting it from the congested Malacca Strait.

    "It saves you some money but it also costs a lot to build the pipeline," the chairman of the Asia Oil and Gas Conference, Fereidun Fesharaki, told AFP on the sidelines of the meeting, which has just been completed.

    "Studies should be done to see if it is really economical," he said.

    The project's owner, Malaysian firm Trans-Peninsula Petroleum, last month said the 300-kilometre (188-mile) pipeline will cut across the north of Malaysia's peninsula with facilities for storage and transit of crude oil on both coasts.

    The oil will come mainly from the Middle East and also Africa for the East Asian oil market, especially oil-hungry China, the company said.

    However, Fesharaki, an expert on Asia-Pacific energy markets and a former energy adviser to Iran's prime minister, downplayed rising energy demand in Asia.

    With the exception of China, demand for oil in the rest of the region is slowing because of higher prices, he said.

    "The pipeline assumes that demand will explode, but demand will not explode. That's the real story," he added.

    The pipeline development will be complemented by the construction of two refineries in northern Kedah state on Malaysia's west coast, according to the state's chief minister.

    Officials from Iran's state oil company said during the oil and gas conference that the firm will invest in the construction of one of the refineries.

    They will also put money into a separate pipeline to transport Iranian-supplied crude from ships berthed in deeper waters off Malaysia's west coast to the refinery.

    Ghanimi Fard, the executive director for international affairs with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), said the success of the trans-peninsular pipeline would depend on the amount of oil demand from East Asia.

    "When we had a growing market for energy, it made sense but based on today's information ... we may not be as sure of the viability of this pipeline," he said.

    Koh Ban Heng, the chief executive of Singapore Petroleum Company Limited, said the pipeline was a good alternative to the Malacca Strait, but expressed concerns over the cost of the project.

    "We would welcome the pipeline for the sake of energy security because of the limited capacity of the Malacca Strait (but) a big company has to get involved in this, as the capital expenditure is huge," Koh told AFP.

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi first announced the development last month as part of the government's efforts to develop the country's northern region.

    Trans-Peninsula has said the pipeline project will be operational by 2011, with a maximum capacity of 180 million barrels of storage and six million barrels per day throughput.

    Malaysia's Ranhill Engineers and Constructors Sdn Bhd and Indonesia's PT Tripatra are to build the pipeline, while Al-Banader International Group of Saudi Arabia will provide the oil, Trans-Peninsula said.

    On completion in 2014, the pipeline will divert about 20 percent of oil transiting through the Strait of Malacca, it said.

    Half of the world's oil shipments currently pass through the 960-kilometre strait, the busiest seaway in the world, which links the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

    The Strait was notorious for pirate attacks but security officials, who fear the economic and strategic ramifications of any disruption to the vital maritime traffic, say security has vastly improved, though threats remain.

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    Jun 12, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur is a public swimming pool whenever it rains

    *Check out more photos from The Star

    It is a common sight for KL after a heavy downpour, places around the city centre will be flooded. In fact, floods have been happening all these years, but due to the recent rapid development, it much more common nowadays. Whenever there is a flash flood, it causes disruption and destruction too. Business owners that are hit by floods suffered the most, and most of the time, there will be a tremendous amount of damages and loss.

    The recent events of floods has really made everyone angry. The public, business owners, and now even the PM was not happy about it. He was unhappy with the city’s inadequate flood control measures. (Checkout comments from some affected people at MalaysiaKini)

    (The Star) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has now asked for all projects to prevent floods in the federal capital, especially the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel or SMART Project, to be speeded up.

    The RM1.9bil project, if it had been in place, would have prevented Sungai Klang bursting its banks at the Masjid Jamek area on Sunday night.

    Although SMART's road tunnel portion has been opened to traffic, its flood diversion component will only be operational next month, when 200 dams and retention ponds, now being built, are ready.

    So the question now is whether SMART project is the best solution for the current problem. According to Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), it is:
    (The Star) Had it been ready, the RM1.9bil Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel Project (SMART) would have prevented Sunday’s floods that inundated the city centre.

    Drainage and Irrigation Department deputy director Ahmad Fuad said the floods around Dataran Merdeka and Masid Jamek were caused by Sungai Kelang bursting its banks at the confluence of Sungai Gombak.

    “A storm which causes the river to overflow – that is exactly what the SMART flood tunnel is being built to overcome,” he said at a press conference organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall here yesterday.

    But there is also this report, SMART tunnel only designed for storm floods, not flash floods.
    According to Fuad, the floods that occurred on Sunday were flash floods caused by inadequate and/or clogged drainage and were not storm floods caused by overflowing river waters.

    “These also occurred in areas like Salak South, Cheras, Jalan Duta, Jalan Semantan, and even Bangsar which are not within the Sungai Klang and Sungai Ampang confluence. We would like to highlight to the public again that the SMART flood tunnel is not designed to handle and prevent all floods,” Fuad said.

    “It will not be able to handle flash floods and areas outside of the Sungai Klang and Sungai Ampang confluence. The SMART flood tunnel is specifically designed and built to handle storm floodwaters in the city centre at the Sungai Klang and Sungai Ampang confluence,” he said.

    So how effective is the RM1.93 billion Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (Smart) project to alleviate the current flood problems? Only time will tell whether SMART project is the best solution for KL's flood problem. However, one thing for sure, it is time for all Malaysians to learn more about taking good care of the environment. Previous campaign such as "Cintai Sungai Kita" should be reactivated again. Rivers around Malaysia especially rivers around city center are highly polluted and clogged with rubbish.

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    Jun 11, 2007

    PM's popularity soars after wedding

    Interesting!. A re-married PM is more popular than a widower PM.

    (AFP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is enjoying a wave of popularity after re-marrying, with analysts Sunday predicting the move will boost his leadership.

    Abdullah, 67, exchanged rings with 53-year-old Jeanne Abdullah, his petite former sister-in-law, in a private ceremony on Saturday.

    Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, a political analyst from the National University of Malaysia, said Abdullah's second marriage was a positive boost to his image.

    "Marriage in any culture is always a positive thing, even among friends and foes. Malaysians are cheering for him," Shamsul told AFP.

    Abdullah stunned the country last Wednesday when he announced he was getting married again. His first marriage to Endon was widely seen as a model relationship in Malaysia, as they were regularly seen holding hands and exchanging affectionate kisses at public functions.

    She died from breast cancer in October 2005.

    Almost immediately after Saturday's wedding, the couple paid respects to Endon at her grave.

    "This was an admirable thing for Abdullah to do ... he will be admired for his display of sincerity," Shamsul said.

    Abdullah also received congratulatory messages from the country's opposition group, the Democratic Action Party, DAP.

    "There has been great public admiration for the prime minister soldiering on in handling his onerous task alone," DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng said.

    "Now ... Malaysians are happy for his new-found bliss," Lim said.

    New wife Jeanne is the former manager of his residential complex. Her previous marriage to Endon's younger brother ended in divorce 15 years ago.

    "I can't help feeling so happy for him and Jeanne," said Louisa Ng, a 53-year-old housewife. "He deserves a partner."

    Works Minister S. Samy Vellu even took time to pen a short poem to Abdullah.

    "From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. Her heart will be your shelter, and her arms will be your home," the poem read, according to state Bernama news agency.

    Abdullah succeeded former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad in 2003 and won a landslide victory during the 2004 election, but has been criticised for his lacklustre leadership and for failing to live up to his pledge to fight corruption.

    "Perhaps now he will be more focused in running the country and deliver all his promises to the people," Shamsul said.

    Abdullah and Jeanne will make their first joint public appearance at the wedding reception of the Sultan of Brunei's daughter on Monday.

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