Altantuya : It hasn’t ended…

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Altantuya murder: Case against Abdul Razak delayed
Hafiz Yatim | Jun 16, 09 11:21am
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The family of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will have to wait for their day in court, to compel the attorney-general (AG) to appeal against Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal.

abdul razak baginda altantuya murder 141108The hearing of their judicial application will only continue after further written submissions are made.

The matter came up in the Shah Alam High Court today before Judicial Commissioner Noraini Abdul Rahman, but another mention date was set on July 8.

karpal singhThis is to allow lawyer Karpal Singh (right), acting for Altantuya’s family, to submit his submission in reply.

The case will be mentioned before a deputy registrar on that day. Counsel Sangeet Kaur mentioned the case on behalf of Karpal this morning.

Senior federal counsel Kamaluddin Mohd Said represented the AG’s Chambers, while KK Wong appeared for Abdul Razak.

Mongolian honorary consul to Malaysia, Syed Abdul Rahman Al Habshi, was also present to monitor the progress of the case.

parliament 2008 first day 280408 setevThe case was filed on Dec 24 last year by Karpal on behalf of Altantuya’s father Dr Setev Shaariibuu (left).

In the application, they asked the court to quash the AG’s decision not to appeal Abdul Razak’s acquittal on an abetment charge in the murder.

They also want the court to direct the AG to use his discretionary powers under Article 145 (3) of the federal constitution to apply for leave to file an appeal.

Abdul Razak was acquitted and discharged on Oct 31 last year without his defence being called.

Shah Alam High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin had ruled that the prosecution had not proven a prima facie case, as a sworn affidavit by Abdul Razak was not rebutted.

AG’s discretionary power

Lead prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah announced two weeks later that the prosecution would not appeal, as the court had made a finding of fact in its decision.

lingam tape panel meeting 031007 abdul gani patailAG Abdul Gani Patail (right) has since filed an affidavit, stating that the matter is non-justiciable based on Article 145 (3) of the constitution, which states that no one can question the chamber’s decision to prosecute or not file an appeal.

The article reads that the AG shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

Abdul Gani had also submitted that Shaariibuu does not have locus standii (legal standing) in the case as the AG has represented the public interest.

Two special action squad members – Azilah Hadri, 33, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, – have been found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death. They have filed separate appeals.

Kamaluddin also stated that Shaariibuu’s RM100 million civil suit against the two policemen, Abdul Razak and the government is fixed for mention next month.

The AG’s chambers have requested Shaariibuu to deposit RM1 million in security to cover possible costs in the suit.

PERAK OH PERAK!: LAGAK yang memalukan negara di mata seluruh dunia (sentiasa dikemaskini)

Kenyataan Media sebelum Ketua Wanita KEADILAN dibebaskan.

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THE ABSENCE OF CONSCIENCE PAINTED ALL OVER THE BN SPEAKER

“The one who is devoid of any conscience does what he likes…nothing else matters.”


5.10pm: BN speaker
Ganesan tells reporters that he does not
see any problems with regards to executing
his duties in future.

“There is a maxim in democracy -
majority rules. BN has 31 (seats),
Pakatan has 28. The majority
elected the speaker.”

perak state assembly chaos ganesan appointed speaker pakatan pc 070509 01Asked on how he plans

to keep the House in order, he replies:
“I won’t be a dictator. I will do my duty
as per standing orders.”

On the manner he was elected, Ganesan (left)
says the issue of an ‘illegal speaker’
does not arise because BN has the majority.

“Sivakumar was removed as per standing order.”

Chaos in assembly
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5.06pm: Nizar leaves the
building and is seen waving at journalists as well
as police personnel.

5.03pm: Sivakumar leaves
the state secretariat building. His car briefly stops at the gates
to allow photographers to snap a few shots.

5pm: Nizar tells a press
conference that as far as Pakatan is concerned,
the House did not sit today. He says that
whatever BN did was “illegal and unconstitutional”.

As for the regent’s speech, the ousted
MB describes it “as just a royal speech,
nothing more than that. It is not opening the assembly.”

4.30pm: PAS’ Salahuddin Ayub
says all the elected reps arrested earlier
have been released.

4.05pm:
Perak Regent Nazrin
leaves the chamber. BN-appointed MB Zambry
suggests for the House to be adjourned.
Pakatan reps repeatedly shout
‘Dissolve the assembly’ again.

New speaker Ganesan adjourns the
assembly to a date to be decided.
Pakatan reps to call press conference.


perak state assembly removal of sivakumar ganesan speaker nazrin speech 070509 04

4pm: PKR election
strategy director and
Batu parliamentarian
Tian Chua is arrested
outside the
state secretariat
building in Ipoh.
The police inform him
that the area has
been cordoned off.
The opposition
politician tells police
that he is there to greet
his Pakatan colleagues.

Although he was accompanied
by PKR treasurer
William Leong and several
other party leaders,
the police only detained him.
He is forcefully
dragged to an unmarked
police vehicle.

3.47pm: Raja Nazrin ends his royal speech.
He does not touch on the ongoing political crisis
in the state during his 30-minute speech.
He spoke on the stimulus packages and
development of the state. A closing prayer
session is underway.

3.36pm: Sivakumar’s
official car is seen returning to the state
secretariat building with the same woman passenger.

3.16pm: Order is restored
in the House and Raja Nazrin starts his royal address,
which has been delayed for almost six hours.

3.15pm: ROUND 4 -
BN SPEAKER FULLY IN CHARGE

Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin enters the House
and talks to ousted MB Nizar and DAP’s
Ngeh Khoo Ham. Following this, Nizar tells all Pakatan
reps to take their seat and they obey.

The police install a new chair for Ganesan as
the old speaker’s chair was damaged during
the earlier scuffle. The plainclothes personnel
have also left the House.

3.12pm: Sivakumar’s official
Toyota Camry bearing the registration plate ‘AFD 999′
is seen leaving the state secretariat building with
a woman passenger but the speaker is not in the car.

3.10pm: Ganesan adjourns
the House in order to wait for the Regent of Perak
to deliver his official address.

3.05pm: Ganesan starts chairing
the meeting and calls for the customary prayers
to be recited. He also calls for the removal of
two Pakatan reps but no action is taken to do so.

Sivakumar’s wife, who is in assembly, is enraged
and demands to see her husband. The ‘officials’
then take her to see the Pakatan speaker but
nobody else is allowed to meet him.


3pm:
PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub
who was arrested this morning
tells Malaysiakini via telephone
that he is being held at the Sungai Senang police
station in Ipoh.

He says some 40 others arrested this morning are
also at the station. He adds that he gave a
statement to the police but has not been informed
when he will be released.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the police have released
13 people who were arrested this morning.

The exact number of those arrested could not be
ascertained but DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said
the number stood at 64.

2.55pm: The same group of ‘officials’
escort Ganesan to the speaker’s chair.

2.41pm: A group of men clad
in jackets grab hold of Sivakumar and forcibly
remove him from the House. The men are believed
to be police personnel.

2.35pm: Attempts by
the sergeant-at-arms and state assembly
staff to remove Sivakumar are being resisted
by the speaker and Pakatan reps. Some other
Pakatan assemblypersons are continuing with
their attempts to eject BN speaker Ganesan
from the house.

2.30pm: The situation is still
chaotic in the house. The sergeant-at-arms is
now trying to remove Sivakumar from
the speaker’s chair to allow Ganesan to assume
the chair.

2.15pm: ROUND 3 -
TUSSLE FOR SPEAKER’S SEAT

The assembly resumes. Pakatan reps are
trying to physically stop Ganesan from entering
the chamber.

There is a lot of pushing and shoving among
the state reps. A few punches are being thrown
about as well. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.

A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at
the police to leave the assembly.


At the same time, the BN reps are trying to force
Sivakumar out of the speaker’s chair but he is
being protected by some Pakatan assemblypersons.

2.15pm: Assembly has resumed.
Pakatan reps are trying to physically stop Ganesan
from entering the chamber. There is a lot of pushing
and shoving among the state reps. A few punches
were thrown. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.

A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at the police
to leave the assembly.

1.10pm Difahamkan Zambry bertemu
dengan Raja Nazrin Shah – yang dijadual membuka
secara rasmi persidangan DUN Perak pagi ini -
di luar dewan.

Tiada maklumat lengkap tentang pertemuan dan tujuannya.

12.55pm: BN speaker Ganesan
announces that the House will be adjourned for
another hour. This is the second adjournment he
has announced since been appointed by
the BN as the speaker.

As he is unfamiliar with the House standing orders and has to be helped by BN exco Hamidah (Sungai Rapat), he is laughed at by Pakatan reps.

Despite the adjournment, the elected reps remain
in the House.

12.50pm: Umno Youth’s Saiful Adli
files a police report against Sivakumar for ordering
Zambry and others out of the House. He says
this is in contempt of court.

12.45pm: The situation turns ugly in the House. Pakatan rep Thomas Su (Pasir Pinji) ridicules Ganesan by offering him RM50 and shouting ‘Go and die’ in Cantonese.

BN-friendly independent state rep and deputy
speaker Hee comes to Ganesan’s defence by
snatching away the money and tearing in into pieces.

Another Pakatan rep Yew Tian Hoe (Aulong) also throws some
papers at Ganesan. Other reps -
from both sides of the divide – are recording
the happenings in the House with their handphones.

Earlier Yew, a disabled person, claimed that
Yee had splashed him with pepper spray.12.37pm
Hampir semua ADUN Pakatan Rakyat mengerumuni
kawasan tempat duduk ADUN BN bagi meminta
R Ganesan – speaker baru lantikan BN yang
duduk di situ – meninggalkan dewan.

Kumpulan ADUN BN mempertahankan Ganesan,
dan berlaku sekali pertengkaran di dalam dewan
yang mulia itu. Berlaku sedikit pergelutan
seketika antara ADUN BN dan Pakatan tetapi
mereka kemudian menghentikannya.

Ganesan, bekas ADUN Sungkai dan pemimpin MIC Perak,
tetap berdegil dan terus duduk di situ.

12.15pm Speaker asal V Sivakumar
mengharamkan R Ganesan, speaker baru yang dilantik BN,
meninggalkan dewan.

Kemudian beberapa ADUN Pakatan mendekati
Ganesan agar berbuat demikian dan mereka bertengkar.

Mengejutkan, wakil-wakil rakyat BN hanya duduk
dan memerhatikan gelagat tersebut, sambil membuat bising.12.15pm:
Its Speaker vs Speaker in the assembly now.
After an hour-long recess, the session continues
with Pakatan speaker Sivakumar asking BN
appointed speaker Ganesan to leave the dewan.

Five Pakatan reps have gone to Ganesan to ask him
to leave but latter is arguing with them over his status
as the speaker. BN reps are just watching the arguments.11.59am Tidak pasti
bila Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah akan masuk ke dewan
untuk merasmikan pembukaan persidangan DUN Perak.

Kedua-dua kumpulan wakil rakyat BN dan
Pakatan sedang menunggu di dalam dewan.
Tiada lagi pertikaman lidah seperti sejak dua jam lalu.
Mereka sedang menunggu.

FROM THE EDGE:11.55am:
BN lawyers enter House on the sidelines.

They are Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun,
Datuk Shafee Abdullah and Zambry’s counsel
in suit against Sivakumar, Firoz Hussein
Ahmad Jamaluddin. State legal adviser
Datuk Ahmad Kamal Mohd Shahid was earlier
seen leaving the hall.

11.48am: Pakatan elected representatives told Malaysiakini
that their seating arrangements were changed
before they entered the house this morning -
moving their places from the right
of the speaker to the left.

However since they arrived into the house much
earlier than the BN reps, they just made the
necessary changes to sit in their original places at
the right of the speaker.

By convention, the ruling party sits in the right
of the speaker.

11.37am: A ceasefire seems
to be in place. Pakatan reps are still in discussion
with Mohammad Nizar while the BN reps are glued
to their seats, worried that Sivakumar would start
the sitting if they leave the house.

11.34am: Sivakumar is questioning
the legality of the decisions made by the BN side,
including the decision to appoint a new speaker.
He said that the assembly has not officially begun
as the Perak regent has yet to declare the sitting open.

He said Raja Nazrin should give a royal speech first
before the sitting officially starts.
11.30am: “As long as I am here,
the other speaker (Ganesan) is haram,” said Sivakumar
while attempting to start the assembly sitting.
His microphone is still turned off.11.25am:
Pakatan reps walk over to their ousted
MB Mohammad Nizar to discuss their next strategy.
The verbal salvos continue in the background.

11.23am:
Sivakumar once again asks
the 10 BN reps to leave the House. Failing which,
he warns that he will not reconvene the sitting.
But as far as BN reps are concerned, their speaker
has adjourned the sitting. A shouting match erupts again.

11.21am:
Amidst the pandemonium in
the House, BN still manages to pass four motions.
These include to remove Sivakumar as the speaker,
to appoint Ganesan as the new speaker,
to appoint new state committee members and
to declare the tree assembly illegal.11.20am: Zambry moves a motion to adjourn the sitting and
the motion is passed. The new speaker announces
that the sitting has been adjourned.
Pakatan reps respond by shouting ‘keluar’.
But both sides return to their seats later
while Sivakumar continues to occupy the speaker’s seat.
The House is calm again. The regent of Perak
has yet to deliver the royal address.

11.13am: BN representatives
seem to have the upper hand in the House
now with new speaker Ganesan controlling
the proceedings. His microphone is the only one
which is working at the moment. With Ganesan
chairing the proceedings, BN is now moving
a motion to appoint members of various
state committees.

They are also moving a motion to declare that
the tree-assembly held on March 3 was illegal.
In that sitting, a motion moved by the Pakatan representatives to dissolve the assembly was passed. BN reps did not attend the sitting.
11.05am: Deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong, who is
now a BN-friendly independent, announces
that she has taken over from Sivakumar. Standing behind
a cordon of BN state reps, she orders
the sergeant-at-arms to expel Sivakumar.
However, no action is taken by the sergeant-at-arms.

BN-appointed MB Zambry again reads out
the motion to sack Sivakumar. All BN state
reps raise their hands in support. Zambry also
moves the motion to appoint R Ganesan as
the new speaker. This is again backed by
BN reps and the three BN-friendly Independents.

Ganesan walks into the assembly hall to accept
the speaker’s gown. He is quickly sworn in among
the turmoil, and signs the appointment document at
the BN side of the assembly.

Sivakumar, who is still occupying the speaker’s seat,
keeps shouting, “Speaker ini haram”
(He is an illegal speaker), referring to Ganesan.

Ganesan conducts the assembly meeting from
the floor among the BN state reps. Zambry
tries to move other motions to change a number of key posts.10.35am: Perak assembly still at a stand-off. Sivakumar keeps repeating that BN MB Zambry’s
motion to sack him as speaker is “null and void”
and orders the sergeant-at-arms to expel
the 10 state assemblypersons. However,
the sergeant-at-arms refuse to abide to
the speaker’s instruction.

perak state assembly chaos in the assmbly between speakers and state reps 070509 01A group of state reps from both sides surround Zambry
as the shouting match continues. Assembly
state secretary Abdullah Antung tries to talk
to the speaker, but he is ignored by Sivakumar.

Zambry maintains that the speaker has now
been sacked as BN controls the majority in the assembly.

10.25am: Contrary to the chaos
inside the assembly, the situation outside the
state secretariat is much calmer with the
police successfully dispersing the crowd.

The police have widened the no-go cordon,
as a result the coffees shops are deserted.

Earlier the police ordered all those having drinks
in the restaurants to leave immediately. Many left
without paying for their drinks. Two refused to
udge and were arrested.

perak state assembly chaos in the assmbly between speakers and state reps 070509 0210.20am: The impasse
between speaker V Sivakumar and
BN state reps continues. The speaker refuses to
begin proceedings unless the seven suspended
reps and three BN-friendly independents leave the hall.

Assembly secretary Abdullah Antung tries
to take his seat in front of the speaker.
But about 10 Pakatan reps walk up to him
and physically stop him from doing so.
They instruct Antung not to interfere
with assembly business as he is a civil servant.

Both sides then engage in a free-for-all shouting match.
Pakatan reps are also seen trying to prevent
BN MB Zambry from speaking.

Zambry moves motion to sack the speaker.
According to Zambry, the speaker has abused
his powers. All BN reps raise their hands in
support of Zambry. The motion was seconded by
Hamidah Osman.

But speaker Sivakumar however is unmoved.
He rejects the motion and says his decision to expel the 10 state reps is final. The assembly plunges into chaos.

Meanwhile, Raja Nazrin, who is to give his royal
address and officially open the assembly, waits in a VIP room.10.19am: Two more
politicians have been arrested by the police for
breaching the injunction against gathering at
the state secretariat -
Sungai Siput MP Dr D Jeyakumar (PSM)
and PAS’ MP for Parit Buntar Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Also arrested was Malaysiakini columnist and activist Helen Ang.10.05am:
The speaker said his suspension of Zambry
and his six exco members was made in his
capacity as the chairperson of the privileges
and the special rights committee and not as the speaker.

He said the Federal Court decision was based
on his standing as a speaker and as such
the matter was inapplicable.

He also asked the three BN-friendly independents
to leave the assembly as his legal suit against
the three was still pending in court.

His order for the 10 to leave the assembly was
greeted by cheers and table-clapping by
the Pakatan representatives.
They shouted ‘keluar‘ (out) repeatedly.

However the 10 elected representatives are
still in the house. A shouting match between
the two sides is presently underway.

Nizar is seated in the right side of the speaker -
the place allocated for the ruling party
while Zambry is on the left.

9.55am: The action has
now moved inside the state assembly.
House speaker V Sivakumar, after immediately
taking his seat, asks the seven suspended
BN state reps including BN appointed
MB Zambry to leave the hall.

He says he won’t begin the assembly sitting
until they are out of the hall. According to Sivakumar,
he has the power to do so. Pakatan
state reps thump their table in support.
9.45am:
PAS youth chief and MP for Kubang
Kerian Salahuddin Ayub is arrested near
the ‘democracy tree’ behind the state
secretariat building.

9.40am:
Pakatan supporters,
estimated at around 200, are scattered in
various places near the state assembly building.
There is no crowd at the gate of the building.
The compound is barricaded by about 200 police.

9.30am: Perak crown prince
Raja Nazrin Shah arrives. He inspects
the guards of honour. Unlike the cold
reception given to BN MB Zambry,
all Pakatan state reps raise to their feet
o welcome Raja Nazrin.

He was greeted by Zambry, assembly speaker
Sivakumar and deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong
(who defected from DAP to become a
BN-friendly Independent rep).9.25am:
BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir arrives
to inspect the guards of honour.
He shakes hand with assembly
speaker V Sivakumar. 9.23am:
All 59 state reps seated outside
the state secretariat building where
the opening ceremony will be held.
They are waiting for the arrival of
Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah.

BN appointed state cabinet members
could be seen wearing ‘exco’ (executive councillor)
tags while Pakatan reps, including ousted MB Nizar,
were wearing ‘Adun’ (state representative)
tags.

9.15am: The police have
moved in to arrest people gathered at the restaurant,
including people having their breakfast.
Many people have been arrested.
Exact number of those arrested is uncertain.

The police first allowed those having their
breakfast to do so but then soon changed
their mind and started arresting them as well.

One man who was having tea lashed out at
the police for their actions. He was allowed
to have his tea and then was arrested.

The restaurant has decided to close its
shutters for the day.

9.11am:
The police are issuing
warning to people who have gathered near
the state secretariat, asking them to disperse
by reminding them of the ban against gathering.

People having breakfast in a nearby restaurant
are also being told to get away. Fresh arrests are expected.

9.09am: The crowd which had gathered at the Umno
headquarters has started to disperse.
Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam
told reporters that their members were now
free to do their own work.

“We gathered to show support this morning
and now that the assembly is about to start,
we have decided to disperse.

“We are not like the Pakatan crowd who want
to protest at the state secretariat despite
a police ban,” he said.

ampang mp zuraida arrested ipoh 070520099.01am: The 11 people who have been arrested are herded into a police
lorry inside the state secretary compound.
They include one MP and
three state assemblypersons – Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Selangor) (photo: centre), Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Malacca), Teratai state rep Jenice Lee (DAP-Selangor) and Bahau state rep Tey Kok Seong (DAP-Negri Sembilan).

The police lorry leaves the compound
with those inside shouting “1BlackMalaysia”,
“Dissolve the assembly” and “Reformasi”.

9am: All elected representatives
are getting ready for the official ceremony to start.
The regent is expected to arrive at any time.

8.59am: DAP’s Ipoh Timor
member of parliament Lim Kit Siang, under whose
area the state secretariat is located, is turned
away from the building.

Also with Lim are DAP’s MPs for Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran
and Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran. The three MPs
had official invitations to attend the sitting from
assembly speaker.

In an ensuing shouting match with the police,
Kulasegaran’s aide was arrested.

janice lee smiling arrested ipoh 070520098.50am: More arrests by the police. This time four people, including a Pakatan
elected representative from Negeri Sembilan
and Teratai state representative
Jenice Lee (centre in photo),
were arrested while having breakfast in a mamak stall.

8.47am:
Batu MP Tian Chua,
who has donned a black suit, arrived at
the state secretariat compound. He was in
Tai Sing Ng (Perak’s Kuala Sepetang rep) car.
While Tai was allowed into the building, Chua
was told to stay outside the ‘500m exclusion zone’.
Chua left the area in another car.

So far, eight have been arrested, including
Ampang MP Zuraida (PKR-Selangor), Ayer Keroh
state rep Khoo (DAP-Malacca) and her aide.

8.45am: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin,
who wanted to give a press conference outside
the state secretariat building, was arrested by the police.
She resisted, resulting in a slight scuffle.
Police officers forcibly subdued her and
put handcuffs on the parliamentarian.

“Why do you handcuff me?” she shouted at
the police. The Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong
from Malacca, who was arrested minutes earlier, was also handcuffed.

8.44am: A group of Umno/BN
supporters numbering about 100 have started
to gather at the Umno headquarters since morning.
A spokesperson said they will be at the building until
the official opening of the state assembly sitting.
The crowd is carrying banners and placards.
Some police officers are on standby.

notice on tree ipoh 070520098.37am:
The police have totally cordoned off
the road behind the state secretariat
with barbed wires. A copy of an injunction obtained
yesterday to bar people from gathering has been
pasted on the ‘democracy tree’.

8.35am:
Ousted menteri besar
Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and Pakatan reps enter
the state secretariat building. All their bodyguards
are stopped at the gate. Only their drivers can
go through the entrance.

8.30am: All Barisan Nasional
elected representatives arrived at the state
secretariat in one bus. Their arrival is greeted
by a small group of demonstrators wearing black.
The demonstrators are located outside
the state secretariat.

Pakatan ADUNS Ipoh 07052009The police have moved in to
stop the demonstration by arresting three people.
Among those arrested are DAP’s Ayer Keroh
elected representative Khoo Poay Tiong.

8.15am: Security is tight at
the Perak state secretariat building in Ipoh, where
the controversial legislative assembly meeting is
to be held. About 100 police and FRU personnel
have been deployed in the area.
Five FRU (riot police) trucks are at
the back entrance of the building complex.

SUK Perak 07052009The assembly hall will be opened at 9am. There will be a
guard of honour by crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah,
who is expected to represent the Perak sultan.
Journalists will be allowed into the hall at 9.45am.

The assembly will officially be opened by
Raja Nazrin, who will give his address to
the 59 assemblypersons.

8:05am: The 28 Pakatan Rakyat
state assemblypersons leave for the Perak
state secretariat building in a convoy from
the Grand View Hotel in Ipoh.
They were accompanied by assembly
speaker V Sivakumar and police escorts
complete with outriders. The hotel is about 600m
from the state secretariat building.

Earlier this morning, the state representatives
had breakfast together at a mamak stall near
the hotel. There are about 50 Pakatan supporters
milling around the area – all wearing black.
They are being watched by an equal
number of police.

[More to follow]


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A quick recap for those who have just joined the
coverage. Overzealous police action in the morning
has resulted in more than 60 arrests, with several MPs
nd ADUNs also detained. By Suara KEADILAN
English News

Jam 12.20 tadi baru beliau memaklumkan kepada
dewan bahawa sidang tidak akan dimulai jika mereka
yang digantung tidak keluar dari dewan. Dari idhamlim.

Walking out of area to figure how to save our
arrested comrades.. Can’t help but notice how
quiet n peaceful ipoh is.
Where is rakyat perak?

YB Zuraida digari oleh polis kerana tidak
membenarkan beliau memasuki SUK Ipoh
atas undangan sidang Dun Perak -
SMS dari Noorsham Abu Samah (0846hrs)
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN bersama tahanan yang
lain kini berada di Balai Polis Sg Senang, Perak.

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Najib’s 1Malaysia shredded into smithereens
by the disgraceful police lockdown of Ipoh
and the scandalous spectacle of two Speakers
and two Assemblies

By Lim Kit Siang

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia
has been shredded into smithereens by the disgraceful
police lockdown of Ipoh and the scandalous spectacle
of two Speakers and two Assemblies – as if the
constitutional scandal of two Mentris Besar is not bad
enough for Perak and Malaysia!

It is unlikely that Najib will be able to live down
the political baggage of having orchestrated the
three-month Perak constitutional and political crisis
and stalemate spawning two Mentris Besar,
two Speakers, two Assemblies together with
three renegade State Assembly members and
a renegade State Assembly clerk unless he is
prepared to act boldly to admit his colossal error
and misjudgement and agree to the dissolution of
the Perak State Assembly for the holding of Perak
state-wide general election to return the mandate
to Perakians.

For the sake of an unethical, undemocratic, illegal
and unconstitutional power grab, Najib has brought
important institutions of the country into greater
disrepute, whether the police, the MACC,
the judiciary and seriously impaired the vital
doctrine of separation of powers.

Perakians, Malaysians and the world today
witness another unethical, undemocratic, illegal
and unconstitutional power grab – the office
and powers of the Speaker when the Perak
State Assembly has not officially met.

The mass arrests including Pakatan Rakyat
MPs and State Assembly representatives in
the police lockdown of Ipoh, turning
the Perak capital into a war-zone, must be
condemned in the strongest possible terms
illustrating the ludicrous lengths of such a
baseless police crackdown.

Lim Kit Siang

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Thursday, 07 May 2009 12:36

(The Malaysian Insider) – As events continue
their rollercoaster ride in Perak, chaos has moved
from the streets that Lim Kit Siang called
“a war zone” to inside the Perak State Assembly
where rival state speakers have joined rival
mentris besar and executive councils.

What began as a solitary defection to
Pakatan Rakyat before Chinese New Year
has now turned into pandemonium in
the House with Barisan Nasional at
the helm and its palace-appointed
mentri besar facing off Pakatan’s
Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

And today, the House has two speakers,
with defecting Jelapang assemblywoman
Hee Yit Foong, who was the tipping point
that ended Pakatan’s rule, again playing
the key role in the chambers.

While the fracas continues and has just
stopped for an hour’s “adjournment” by
the Barisan Nasional side, the Raja Muda of Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah, remains outside waiting to address
the sitting that was consented by
his father Sultan Azlan Shah.

However, no one has left the House yet,
save the state mufti and other officials.

When will this farce end?

All we know is it won’t end today, not even if
Barisan Nasional auctions off all the cars and
moves on to appoint officials, enact laws,
plan policies and implement them in the near future.

The fate of the rival state governments rests
with the courts of law, which have opened a
Pandora’s Box and breached all rules of
separation of powers in a parliamentary
democracy that Malaysia was founded on.

At least outside the state secretariat building,
peace has reigned once again as policemen
who tried to force restaurants to close in a
bid to disperse the black-clad crowds have given up.
They had earlier arrested scores of people,
including lawmakers, in an attempt to keep the peace.

The heat of the day has made them thirsty
and the shopkeepers are providing relief.

One would expect the same from
the lawmakers inside. All the barbed wire
and road blocks outside the building together
with a court order to stop gatherings have
come to naught to keep the peace and
restore order in the Silver State.

For the lawmakers are still fighting it out for
their version of “1 Malaysia. People First.
Performance Now”.

Except, we now have two Peraks.
And never the twain shall meet. At least not today.

Remembering Altantuya…

Any day will be a good day to catch the real killer(s)…

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3 arrested for sending birthday cake to PM’s office
May 6, 09 12:32pm Malaysiakini.com
Three activists were arrested this morning for attempting to deliver a cake commemorating the 31st birthday of Altantuya Shaariibuu to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

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altantuya and prime minister office jpmThe activists, all of whom are from the Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia, were detained at 11.15am by the police near the security booth in front of the building.

About 30 police officers and 10 light strike force personnel were deployed to stop the activists from entering the building.

Those arrested were Sani Md Shah – who was holding a butter cake topped with white icing – and Saufi Mihat and Yasir Sheikh Abdul Rahman, who were carrying a ‘Happy Birthday Altantuya’ banner.

The group had intended to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak written by Altantuya’s father, Setev.

Cake squashed by the police

The square cake, weighing about 2kg, was squashed by the police when it was being confiscated. According to the police, the cake was seized for ‘security reasons’.

The cake was taken in a police car along with the three detainees to the police headquarters in Putrajaya.

Altantuya was shot twice in the head and her body blown up with military-grade explosives in a jungle clearing three years ago. She was 28 when she died.

Her former lover, Abdul Razak Baginda, who is a close associate of Najib, had been accused of ordering two police officers to kill her after she came to his family home to harass him for money.

Razak Baginda was initially charged with abetting the two men, but was acquitted last October.

The two officers, however, have been found guilty and sentenced to death. They are appealing the ruling.

[More to follow]

Might there be conversations recorded,too?

RPK reveals his ‘source’ on Altantuya allegations
May 5, 09 6:34pm
Popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin,
in a posting today, revealed what he claimed
was his source for his sensational allegation
that Malaysia’s first lady Rosmah Mansor was
at the scene when a Mongolian woman
was murdered.

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According to Raja Petra, the information
came from Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin, who is
the “number two in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence”.

In a posting which appeared in
Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today website, the controversial blogger said he was put in touch
with Lt Kol Azmi by one of his long-standing
friends – Nik Azmi Nik Daud, who is an aide
to Umno veteran leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

http://media1.malaysiakini.com/160/d13e9bf859b4067860ec6e594fb3b657.jpg” alt=”kuala terengganu by election dap dinner 110109 raja petra” width=”235″ height=”208″ align=”left” />Raja
Petra’s revelations were made in his trademark
colourful style in the form of a dialogue between
him and his police interrogators when he was
detained under the Internal Security Act
last August.

When asked by his interrogators whether
he could trust his source since he did not know
him, Raja Petra reportedly answered: “I don’t
know him well enough to trust him all the way.
But the person who introduced us is a very old friend.

“I’ve known him for about 45 years,
longer than I’ve known my wife. And I trust
my friend. My friend gave me his personal
assurance that the story is legit.”

According to Raja Petra, he had also
sought help from a few other people to
vouch for Lt Kol Azmi’s credibility,
among them PKR de facto leader
Anwar Ibrahim through his aide, Din Merican.

“I also asked John Pang, who also works
for Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh), to check with
Ku Li whether Lt Kol Azmi’s information is reliable.
I told John what Lt Kol Azmi told us and asked
him to inform Ku Li about it. John confirmed
that Lt Kol Azmi told Ku Li the same thing and that the information is reliable.”

Pang, who is an aide to Razaleigh, said he did receive a phone call from Raja Petra regarding the matter.

“Yes, Raja Petra did ask me about it and
I confirmed that Ku Li was aware of the story,”
said Pang when contacted today.

He added that his boss did not dispute
Raja Petra’s account pertaining to his contact
with Lt Kol Azmi.

Razaleigh has declined to comment
apart from saying, “Read the (Raja Petra’s) blog.”

According to Pang, Nik Azmi is not an
official member of Razaleigh’s staff.

Misgivings
in signing statutory declaration

Raja Petra also revealed that he had
misgivings in signing a statutory declaration
based on the information which he received
from Lt Kol Azmi.

“I told Bull (Nik Azmi) I was a bit worried
about signing a statutory declaration because
the government will surely arrest and charge
me if I do. I felt an article would be safer.

“But Bull disagreed. He felt an article
was not strong enough. Bull said if anything
happens to me they would go to court to testify
that what I had signed is the truth.
Bull assured me they would not allow me to rot in jail.
So, on June 18 (2008), I signed the
statutory declaration.”

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has been charged for criminal defamation in a
statutory declaration which he signed
implicating Rosmah, who is wife of Prime Minister
Najib Abdul Razak, and two others in the grisly murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

He has also charged with sedition
for his posting ‘Let’s send Altantuya murderers
to hell’, but he failed to turn up in court last month.

Sessions judge Rozina Ayob had subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Raja Petra.
Now a fugitive, Raja Petra’s whereabouts is unknown.

Raja Petra also claimed that former minister
Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is from Najib’s home
state of Pahang, had contacted him to
“make a deal”.

“We drove to a roadside stall in
Jalan Ipoh (in Kuala Lumpur) and sat there
and talked. JJ (Jamaluddin Jarjis) told me that
Najib had asked him to meet me to make a deal.
I asked him whether Najib really knows we are
meeting and whether he had endorsed or
sanctioned the meeting and JJ replied that
our meeting was on Najib’s instructions,”
Raja Petra allegedly told his interrogators.

“We spent about an hour talking.
The bottom line is he wanted me to stop
writing about Najib and Altantuya. He also
asked me whether I could delay my sedition
trial until Najib becomes the prime minister.
Once Najib is installed as prime minister,
they will drop the charges against me.
I will also receive a monthly allowance
of RM30,000 for my cooperation.
He didn’t say for how long though.”

Raja Petra said that he did not make
the deal and soon after he signed the
statutory declaration.

Meanwhile, veteran opposition leader
Lim Kit Siang said that Raja Petra’s
latest revelation has again show
the urgent need for a royal commission to
probe the scandal.

“I had repeatedly made in Parliament
for a royal commission of inquiry to deal
with all the allegations haunting and hounding Najib,
especially as he had said that he was innocent
and had not done anything wrong,” he said.

Raja Petra’s statutory declaration

Nik Aziz to Elizabeth Wong

Pertemuan Eli dengan EXCO Wanita KEADILAN dua hari lepas telah menyaksikan Eli seorang yang lebih matang dan telah belajar dari peristiwa lalu yang dilemparkan oleh mereka yang mengamalkan politik durjana.

Eli telah sempat menemui Tuan Guru Nik Aziz sebelum beliau berangkat untuk menunaikan umrah. Eli telah menerima nasihat Tuan Guru yang mengandungi pesanan, yang sebenarnya sesuai untuk semua mereka yang ingin merealisasikan Politik Baru.

Nasihat beliau kepada Eli: Jangan buat tiga “D”; Dendam-Dengki-Degil.

Semoga Tiga “D” tiada dalam kamus setiap pejuang kebenaran dan keadilan, khususnya dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

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KENYATAAN MEDIA
1 Mei 2009

PERUTUSAN DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
BERSEMPENA HARI PEKERJA 2009

Golongan pekerja merupakan nadi utama yang membina negara Malaysia ini. Mereka bertungkus lumus mencari rezeki dan pada masa yang sama usaha mereka itulah yang menggerakkan negara ini. Setiap cerita kejayaan negara ini yang kita saksi dengan penuh rasa bangga, maka kenanglah setiap titik keringat yang tumpah dari batang tubuh para pekerja yang berkorban untuk hasrat tersebut.

Bila datangnya 1hb Mei setiap tahun, kita mengambil kesempatan itu untuk mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan kepada semua pekerja. Namun tahun ini kita resah mengenangkan muramnya kedudukan ekonomi negara dan betapa ianya memberi kesan buruk kepada semua pekerja. Kegawatan ekonomi yang melanda serta pengurusan ekonomi negara yang tidak berwibawa hanya menimbulkan keresahan terhadap kedudukan para pekerja. Ekonomi negara yang sama-sama dibangunkan, manifestasi dari harapan untuk mencipta masa depan yang lebih baik, hari ini tidak lagi bermanfaat buat mereka. Kadar pengangguran dijangka mencecah 4.5% tahun ini, bermakna hampir 500 000 individu akan kehilangan pekerjaan.

Oleh itu kita tidak boleh berlengah lagi. Perubahan serta langkah pemulihan yang diwar warkan hanya bersifat runcitan demi mencuri masa yang kian suntuk buat kerajaan BN pimpinan UMNO. Sudah tiba masanya rakyat Malaysia memilih Perubahan yang sebenarnya, yang tuntas memperjuangkan hak setiap dari warganya termasuklah hak golongan pekerja. Para pekerja, ayoh bersatulah demi mencipta Perubahan!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

The Altantuya Killing must be eradicated at all costs

Sedition trial: Arrest warrant for RPK
Apr 23, 09 9:57am
An arrest warrant has been issued against Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin this morning for failing to appear in the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court for the continuation of his sedition trial.
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Raja Petra, 59, is facing trial for posting an allegedly seditious article entitled ‘Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell’ on his website.

The charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years’ jail, or both, upon conviction.

The popular blogger and his wife, Marina Lee Abdullah – who stood as his bailor – was no where to be seen when the court resumed today at 9.25am.

When Sessions judge Rozina Ayob asked for the accused, defence lawyer J Chandra informed the court that about a posting in Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today website in which the controversial blogger wrote that he would not be in court.

According to the posting, Raja Petra was on a “self-imposed exile” from Selangor and hence he could not be in Petaling Jaya where the court is located.

Raja Petra explained his ‘exile’ was the result of the hurt he had caused to the Selangor palace which he is a member, and going by royal convention, he had decided on being exiled from the state.

On hearing this, Rozina asked whether there was a written order from the royalty for Raja Petra’s exile and Chandra replied he did not know.

“This is a punishment he meted out for himself,” said Chandra.

Being a bankrupt, he cannot leave Malaysia

DPP Shahidani Abd Aziz subsequently applied for a warrant of arrest against Raja Petra as well as a show-cause notice for bailor Marina, who was also not present in court today.

Chandra also informed the court he did not know the reason for Marina’s absence.

Rozina eventually agreed to issue the arrest warrant. The judge then fixed May 22 for the hearing of the arrest warrant and the show cause notice.

While Raja Petra and his disappearance had been a mystery, there are speculations that he could have gone overseas. Some of his supporters who were in court today said they had no idea where the blogger is.

DPP Ishak Mohd Yusof, who is assisting Shahidani, said with the arrest warrant against the blogger, the police would be required to locate Raja Petra.

Asked about the possibility that Raja Petra could be overseas, he said it would be imppossible as the blogger is already declared a bankrupt and was not supposed to leave the country.

According to co-counsel Gobind Singh Deo, the last time he had contact with the popular blogger was two months ago, during the prosecution’s appeal against his release from Internal Security Act in the Federal Court.

The court was also told that there would be 10 more prosecution witness in the sedition trial.

Mounting legal problems for RPK

Before the trial was adjourned in February, Gobind had raised the issue of an apparent photograph of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak seated at the same table with murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu during her birthday party in Mandarin Hotel, Singapore.

Raja Petra is facing another charge for criminal defamation in Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for allegingly implicating Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, and two army officers in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The popular blogger’s problem does not end there.

He has been ordered to pay RM1 million by the Kuala Lumpur High Court to Umno treasurer Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi following a judgment in default entered against him on April 3.

Last year, the Alor Star High Court had also ordered Raja Petra to pay damages over libel claims by a university head.

University Utara Malaysia and its vice-chancellor Nordin Kardi filed a lawsuit against Raja Petra over an item that alleged Nordin had plagiarised an article.

The High Court made the decision after Raja Petra, who published the story in his website, failed to file a defence.

It ordered Raja Petra to pay RM4 million to Nordin and the university.

Raja Petra has argued that the offending item was a letter written to him by a former student representative and that he would not pay the compensation.

Kedurjanaan Petugas Pilihan Raya BN di Bukit Gantang


Gambar-gambar di atas oleh Leo, jurukamera blog Wanita KEADILAN

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh, Teresa Kok hari ini mendesak polis dan Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga & Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil memandang serius kes pencabulan ke atas ahli Srikandi Keadilan pada pilihanraya kecil parlimen Bukit Gantang lalu.

Beliau meminta Sharizat yang sebelum ini yang bersuara lantang membela wanita daripada gangguan seksual supaya mengambil kes ini dengan serius dan mendesak pihak polis melakukan sesiatan dan mendakwa mereka yang telribat di mahkamah. Shrizat setakat ini membisu dan tidak memberi sebarang komen setakat ini.

Teresa berjanji akan membawa kes in ke sidang Parlimen dan menuntut supaya Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat Sharizat Jalil supaya mengabil segera bagi menyelesaikan perkara ini sehingga dibawa ke pengadilan.

Sementara itu, Wanita KeADILan Zuraida Kamaruddin mahu kes ahli Srikandi KeADILan yang telah di ganggu dalam cubaan mencabul dengan gangguan seksual semasa kempen pilihanraya kecil P59 Bukit Gantang pada 6 April lalu diambil tindakan segera oleh pihak polis.

Beliau juga mahukan penjelasan daripada Bernama TV yang telah membuat liputan dan melaporkan bahawa Srikandi KeADILan itu bersifat penggoda dan juga membuat laporan palsu kepada pihak polis.

“Wanita KeADILan mahukan penjelasan dari Bernama dan jika tidak kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk mengambil tindakan saman terhadap agensi berita berkenaan,” tegas Zuraida semasa sidang akhbar beliau selepas majlis Hi Tea Wanita Pakatan Rakyat semalam.

Dalam sidang akhbar beliau hari ini, Zuraida menekankan bahawa selepas dua minggu insiden itu berlaku namun masih tiada siasatan atau tindakan yang diambil oleh pihak polis.

Ekoran laporan polis oleh wanita KeADILan itu di Balai Polis Simpang, Bukit Gantang pada hari kejadian, seorang ahli Srikandi yang hanya mahu dikenali dengan panggilan ‘Ana’, 20, bahawa pada kira-kira jam 4 petang, beliau dan lima lagi rakan-rakan Srikandi lain sedang berjalan melalui bilik gerakan Barisan Nasional berdekatan kawasan Simpang.

Lalu beliau ditarik dan dikepung oleh sekumpulan lebih sepuluh orang lelaki berumur kira-kira 50 – 60 tahun dan cuba melondehkan seluar yang dipakainya pada waktu itu. Mereka juga mengeluarkan kata-kata lucah dan kesat terhadap beliau dan mempersendakan beliau.

Sebanyak tiga laporan polis telah dibuat oleh pihak Wanita KeADILan, di Balai Polis Simpang dan Balai Polis Changkat Jering dan diberi jaminan bahawa pihak polis akan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya namun setelah dua minggu berlalu tidak menampakan sebarang perkembangan yang dibuat oleh pihak polis.

Walaupun pihak Wanita KeADILan telah memberi gambar-gambar penyokong BN yang disyaki terlibat serta menyatakan ada rakaman CCTV daripada sebuah supermarket berhampiran namun tiada sebarang siasatan diambil oleh pihak polis.

“Saya berjumpa dengan seorang anggota polis yang berpangkat inspektor bernama Shahrin dan beliau telah berjanji akan memastikan kes ini dibawa ke pengadilan, maka saya akan pergi ke dua-dua Balai Polis untuk membuat tindakan susulan,” tegas Zuraida lagi.

Dalam kejadian tersebut, Ana telah diselamatkan oleh seorang penceramah bebas Arsian Napi, 50, serta seorang lagi rakan beliau yang kebetulan sedang minum di sebuah gerai berhampiran tempat kejadian yang juga berhadapan dengan bilik gerakan BN Simpang.

Beliau dengan tangkas bergegas ke tempat kejadian kerana mensyaki satu kejadian yang pelik sedang berlaku di situ. Beliau kemudiannya meleraikan kejadian yang menjijikkan dilakukan oleh sekumpulan penyokong BN yang sebaya dengan beliau.

“Saya dan rakan di pukul dan di halau dengan kata-kata kesat serta memaki hamun dangan perkatan yang tidak sedap di dengar,” kata Arsian semasa sidang akhbar tersebut.

Ibubapa Ana merasa amat terkilan dan sedih keatas nasib yang menimpa anak mereka dan mahukan latarbelakang Ana dirahsiakan demi menjaga maruah keluarga dan diri Ana dari difitnah oleh orang-orang yang berniat jahat terhadap beliau.

“Mereka meminta supaya identiti Ana tidak di hebahkan atas alasan keluarga Ana tinggal di kampung dan tidak mahu pihak tertentu mangambil kesempatan keatas musibah yang berlaku,” jelas Zuraida lagi.

Walau bagimanapun pihak Wanita akan pergi ke dua-dua Balai Polis berkenaan dan mendesak supaya pihak polis beertindak dengan segera.

GB: Greenboc
Video Srikandi dicabul

Berulang kali persoalan: Apa motif mereka yang disabit telah membunuh Altantuya?

Razak Baginda is taboo, TV stations told
Apr 18, 09 7:34am
Four private television stations have been ordered not
to name political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda when
reporting the Altantuya Shaarriibuu murder case.

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Malaysiakini has learnt that the
top management of Media Prima Berhad -
the owner of the four TV stations -
had issued a directive on the matter.

The media giant, which is believed to be
linked to ruling party Umno, controls
the country’s four free-to-air private TV stations -
TV3, ntv7, 8TV and tv9.

The directive was part of an email sent on behalf
of the group director of news and current affairs,
elevision networks, Kamarulzaman Zainal.

Kamarulzaman was press secretary to
Abdullah Ahamd Badawi when the former
premier was deputy PM. He was appointed
to helm Media Prima soon after Abdullah
took power in 2003.

abdul razak baginda pc 201108 07

The email listed four ‘don’ts’ involving
news reports relating to the high-profile murder
case of Mongolia national Altantuya, who was
mistress of Razak Baginda (left).

The TV stations were ordered not to mention
Razak Baginda’s name and ignore all news
background related to him.

Editors were instead told to focus their
reports on the two accused in the murder trial,
who were sentenced to death last week.

Razak Baginda, a close confidant of newly-minted
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, was charged
with abetting the murder but was later freed.

The controversial court decision had sparked
off a fresh round of speculations that the
powers-that-be had a hand in the acquittal.

Don’t show footage of Razak Baginda

Not only that the political analyst’s name
should not be mentioned, visuals showing him
in previous trials and after his release are also
banned, according to the email.

The other two restrictions were related
to the new premier.

najib rosmah and altantuya murder case

The TV stations were barred from reporting that Najib
nd his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were linked
to the case.

Also, statements from those accusing Najib
and Rosmah of being involved in the case
were also prohibited.

It is not clear whether Media Prima has been
instructed by government officials to ‘cleanse’
the three key personalities from the Altantuya case.

The email, which has been widely circulated
in the company, was sent last week to editors
of all different language sections within
the Media Prima group.

An assistant from Kamarulzaman’s office told Malaysiakini that his boss was currently overseas and
would not be available to comment on the directive.
There is also no response to an email sent
to Kamarulzaman.

The Media Prima ban came hot in the heels
of a blackout by state-owned RTM on reporting
the on-going political crisis in Terengganu.

Malaysiakini has reported on
Wednesday that RTM blacked out news on the apparent boycott of the Terengganu state
assembly sitting by 10 state representatives
earlier this week. This was however denied by the government.

Hefty ‘commission’
for Razak Baginda’s company

Last week, two police special action force personnel -
chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar
- were sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court
for murdering Altantuya.

The two, who were part of a security detail to
protect VIPs including Najib, have since appealed
to the higher court.

Since the case hit the headlines, Najib has been
forced to repeatedly deny having any links with
Altantuya and the murder case.

military malaysia navy french built<br /> submarine scorpene classWhen Najib was defence minister, a company
controlled by Razak Baginda was awarded a
‘commission’ of RM534.8 million for the purchase
of two Scorpene submarines from France.

The government has denied that the contract given
Perimekar was a hefty commission but for the compnay
“to prepare support and coordination services” for a
period of six years.

The opposition has been exploiting both issues to
attack Najib’s integrity, especially during the three
key by-elections earlier this month.

This had prompted the police to issue a gag order
on all political ceramah from raising the controversial
murder case.

The Altantuya Murder: Snippets From The Times of UK

April 17, 2009 | Last update on 11/04/2009 16:43 From TV Antara


10 November 2006

An inquiry into the disappearance of a Mongolian model, who was apparently shot before her body was blown apart with explosives, was ordered by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Malaysian Prime Minister, yesterday.

His intervention came after police held a prominent political analyst in connection with the case that has caused a sensation in the country. Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, a member of the World Economic Forum, is the fourth person to be remanded in custody in connection with the death of the 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu, whose body was found on Monday. He is a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a television political pundit in Malaysia, and is studying for a doctorate at Oxford.

The others held after Miss Shaariibuu’s body was found on wasteland near Shah Alam are a police chief inspector and two police lance corporals, one male and one female. Mr Badawi said he had told the inspector-general of police to “investigate the case thoroughly and properly through due process”.

It has been reported that Mr Baginda met Miss Shaariibuu in Mongolia two years ago and the two had a relationship. The girl’s father in Mongolia said he believed they were married and that Mr Baginda was the father of her baby son.

His arrest sent Malaysian society reeling. Unnamed politicians and intellectuals described him as a “good” and “affable” man to the Malaysian Star newspaper. One said that Mr Baginda had showered Miss Shaariibuu with diamonds and other jewellery and had deposited $30,000 in her bank account. They had been on holiday together to Europe and South Africa.

“The father of murdered model Altantuya Shaariibuu will come with the marriage certificate to prove that they were married. He will also bring his grandson to undergo DNA tests to prove he is Abdul Razak’s son,” Mongolia’s honorary consul, Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi, said.

18 June 2007

An adviser to Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister ordered two police officers from an elite bodyguard unit to murder his beautiful Mongolian lover, a politically-charged murder trial heard today.

The remains of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28-year-old translator, part-time model, and unmarried mother of two from Mongolia, were found blown up by explosives in a jungle clearing near Kuala Lumpur late last year.

Abdul Razak Baginda, 47-year-old father of a teenage daughter, planned the murder, prosecutors said in what promises to be the most closely-followed trial in Malaysia for years. Mr Abdul Razak and the two police officers face the gallows if found guilty.

Mr Abdul Razak is alleged to have turned to the police officers – from a unit charged with protecting Malaysia’s leaders – after Miss Shaariibuu began blackmailing him when their relationship turned sour.

He was well known in Kuala Lumpur as a high-flier close to the ruling party and a friend of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been forced to deny any knowledge of the case.

The trial, which has already been postponed in controversial circumstances, is being widely seen as a test case for a judicial system, which has often been criticised in the past as vulnerable to political interference.

Tun Majid Tun Hamzah, for the prosecution, told the High Court in Shah Alam that Mr Abdul Razak abetted the police officers “in planning and giving instructions so that the deceased is killed.” He denies the charge.

He said that the officers, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Constable Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, carried out the killing and that Sirul had confessed. The two officers are charged with her murder.

After their arrest, Mr Azilah had led police to the clearing where Miss Shaariibuu’s remains were found.

Miss Shaariibuu had threatened Mr Abdul Razak’s child unless Mr Abdul Razak paid her, the prosecutor said.

Mr Tun Majid said that a pathologist’s report would show that the cause of death was ‘probable blast-related injuries’. A pair of slippers found in Mr Sirul’s house were stained with what DNA tests proved was Miss Shaariibuu’s blood, he said.

The trial had been scheduled to start earlier this month but was postponed after the attorney general replaced the prosecutor after he was seen playing badminton with the judge.

Before the trial started it had become a political football, with former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim calling for fairness and lamenting what he described as the failure of police to question Deputy Prime Minister Najib.

No evidence has emerged to link Mr Najib with the case and the Deputy Prime Minister issued a statement insisting that he had had no involvement with the dead woman.

Malaysia’s judiciary has often been the subject of criticism. Nearly ten years ago Mr Anwar was himself dismissed by then premier Mahatir Mohammad and convicted of corruption and sodomy, a decision which was widely criticised abroad.

Mr Anwar has said that the judiciary and police are on trial in today’s case, and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has pledged there will be no cover-up.

22 March 2009

A FRENCH arms company is at the centre of a deepening scandal involving the sale of three submarines, the murder of a beautiful Mongolian interpreter and the man most likely to become prime minister of Malaysia next month.

All three have been linked in a sensational sequence of revelations that has convinced many Malaysians that the woman was killed to silence her demands of a share in the rewards of the transaction.

The scandal exploded last week after the French newspaper Libération alleged that the submarines deal and the murder of Altantuya Shariibuu, 28, were connected.

A glamorous, cosmopolitan woman, Altantuya grew up in St Petersburg, spoke Russian, Chinese, Korean and English, moved in elite circles and has been dubbed “a Far Eastern Mata Hari”.

She became the mistress of a Malaysian political fixer and was allegedly trying to extort money from him at the time of her violent demise.

Two members of an elite Malaysian police unit that protects top politicians are on trial in Kuala Lumpur, accused of shooting her in the jungle and then blowing up her body with military explosives.

Azilah Hadri, 32, and Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, officers in the Special Branch, could go to the gallows if convicted of abducting and murdering Altantuya on October 19, 2006. A verdict is expected early next month.

Their trial is unfolding as Najib Razak, the country’s deputy prime minister, stands on the verge of taking over as premier after a ruling-party leadership election, due within days.

Najib was accused by a young opposition MP, Gobind Singh Deo, in parliament, of involvement in the murder. Deo was suspended by the Speaker for making the remark. The deputy prime minister has strongly denied any involvement.

Testimony in an earlier court case has established an intimate personal and financial connection between the dead woman and a close aide to Najib, who was minister of defence at the time of the submarine deal.

The aide, Abdul Razak Baginda, was acquitted by a court last November of being an accessory in the murder. He has since been working on a doctorate at Trinity College, Oxford.

Baginda admitted that the dead woman was his mistress for about a year and prosecutors said she had pestered him for money after their break-up.

Just before her death she arrived in Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by a Mongolian shaman, who was to put a curse on Baginda if he did not pay up.

Altantuya was dragged away from outside Baginda’s home by two Special Branch officers, but he was acquitted after maintaining that he never gave orders for her to be harmed.

The Libération exposé linking the murder to the shadowy world of arms contracts has embarrassed the French war-ship firm DCNS. Armaris, a firm now merged with DCNS, sold the three submarines to Malaysia in 2002 for £937m.

Attention has centred on why Armaris paid £107m to a Malaysian company called Perimekar in 2006.

Opposition leaders alleged in parliament that the payment was a “commission” for intermediaries and that Perimekar was secretly owned by Baginda. Najib replied that it was not a “commission” and that Perimekar was a “project services provider”.

Libération has alleged that Altantuya, who toured France with Baginda in a Ferrari, wining and dining at expensive restaurants, learnt of the payment. It said she was demanding $500,000 (£345,000).

DCNS has refused to comment. It is already the subject of a French judicial investigation into corrupt practices, thanks to a whistleblower who has detailed bribery and industrial espionage allegations.

Last week, efforts to contact Baginda, a self-styled political analyst, at his new home in Oxford were unsuccessful.

Najib has avoided public comment but his politically influential wife, Rosmah Mansor, told the French news agency AFP that she was “shocked” by attempts to link her husband and her to the case.

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Apa motif Azilah dan Sirul membunuh Altantuya?

Azilah dan Sirul akan akhirnya bertemu dengan Altantuya….

Najib’s Ex-Police Guards Sentenced to Hang for Murder (Update2)

By Ranjeetha Pakiam

April 9 (Bloomberg) — Two of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s former police guards were sentenced to death for the 2006 murder of a Mongolian woman whose brutal killing led him to deny opposition allegations he was involved.

The policemen, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, showed no emotion as they were found guilty today by Judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin at the Shah Alam High Court outside Kuala Lumpur. Police had discovered the 28-year-old victim’s bone fragments in the jungle outside the city. Her family said she was shot and then blown up with military-grade plastic explosives.

The physical and circumstantial evidence was “irresistibly conclusive,” Judge Mohd Zaki told the defendants in court. “You will be hung by your neck until you are dead.” Both men plan to appeal the verdict, their lawyers said.

The opposition today repeated its call for Najib to clear himself of any connection to the crime through an independent royal inquiry. Najib, 55, has said he never met the woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu, a lover of his former adviser, Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted last year of abetting the killing.

“The bigger question is who could have been behind the murder,” Lim Kit Siang, a lawmaker with the Democratic Action Party and a former opposition leader in Malaysia’s parliament, said by phone after the ruling. “That is not answered.”

Special Forces

The two officers belonged to a special forces unit charged with protecting the prime minister and other Cabinet members. Najib was deputy premier at the time. Najib, in an interview at his office in June 2007, said it was “morally wrong” and “unethical” to connect him to the murder. Najib’s spokesman, Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, declined to comment today.

The former adviser, Abdul Razak, said Altantuya blackmailed him over their affair. He had carried out work for Najib, who was also the country’s defense minister.

In an affidavit on Jan. 4, 2007, Abdul Razak said he met Altantuya in France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, and her requests for financial help turned to blackmail. He asked for police patrols at home when Altantuya traveled to Malaysia to see him, according to his statement.

After police discovered her remains, Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin in June last year said in a statutory declaration at the Kuala Lumpur High Court that Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, witnessed the placing of plastic explosives on the victim in October 2006. Najib, who became prime minister this month, called the allegation “garbage.”

Multilingual Translator

Last month, opposition lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo was banned from parliament for a year for saying in the chamber that Najib was “involved in a murder case.”

The Mongolian victim, who was raised in St. Petersburg and educated in Beijing, was fluent in Russian, English, Chinese and Japanese, according to a 100 million-ringgit ($28 million) civil suit filed by her family against the Malaysian government on June 6 last year.

Altantuya’s father is satisfied with today’s verdict, said Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi, the Mongolian honorary consul in Malaysia, who has spoken on behalf of the family since the body was discovered.

“Both the family of the murdered girl and Malaysia need closure on this issue,” said Karim Raslan, a lawyer and political consultant based in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ranjeetha Pakiam in Kuala Lumpur at rpakiam@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: April 9, 2009 00:53 EDT

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