Jun 5, 2007

Altantuya Murder Trial Gets Wide Coverage from Singapore's Mass Media

Looks like our friendly neighbor is quite interesting with what is happening in Malaysia.

SINGAPORE, June 5 (Bernama) -- The trial of the slain Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, which saw a dramatic day at the Shah Alam High Court Monday, received wide coverage in Singapore's print and electronic media.

The high-profile murder trial was on the front page of The Straits Times and was among the most read article in the newspaper's online edition.

The report titled "Surprise twist: High-profile murder trial postponed" also carried the picture of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda being escorted into the court where the trial was supposed to start but was postponed to June 18.

The broadsheet also carried another report related to the case about the model's family suing the three people accused of her murder and the Government of Malaysia, seeking RM100 million in damages over her death.

At the centre of the trial was C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 30, and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, who are charged with murdering Altantuya, 28, on Oct 20 last year, and Abdul Razak, 46, who is charged with abetting the crime.

They face the death sentence if convicted.

The tabloid "Today" newspaper published the news as the main story on its front page with the heading "Shroud on model's death stays on..." which also carried the picture of Abdul Razak.

The case took up half of the foreign news section on page six of Berita Harian, the only Malay language newspaper in Singapore.

The broadsheet carried the report about the postponement of the trial as well as the suit filed by the model's family.

It also ran a chronology of events on its sidebar, from the arrival of Altantuya and two others in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 9 last year to the charging of Abdul Razak in court on Nov 16 last year.

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Anonymous said...

The whole world is watching Malaysia and its judiciary system.Let's pray that justice is not only done but seen to be done!