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tanda putera..to see or not to see, that is the question?

another form of Black 505 protest, support BN go see movie, if still want to protest and show dissatisfaction and are not-supportive ,  then stay away …since BN  gomen seems to suggest that they  endorse/promote the movie..as some Gomen ministers have indirectly implied.. so if box office receipts are good and the public supports the movie then it means that the recent religious/racial issues still fresh in the public’s minds ,that the Gomen have supported has successfully worked  to their favor.

An accurate depiction of events that exploded into a racial conflict and the relationship between 2 of our country’s political icons.?
Wow..!

Tale from the 2 Babas, Tamrin and Shuhaimi…the movie’s plot just smells like a “Red herring” when a smelly stinky fish is dragged down a street to divert attention away from something..( here it is painting an alternative truth)

Like what/who were really responsible for May 13.
Tamrin Baba’s revelations  had a credible ring of one with access to direct intimate knowledge that he revealed to the public on the real reasons behind the May 13 incident. that it was not merely a racial conflict but a diabolical plot within UMNO, A successful “coup” orchestrated against the Tunku plotted by some , then young Turks in UMNO., that ultimately led to his downfall- which the late Tunku also revealed in an interview years later.

Shuhaimi Baba’s red herring is the sub plot of the friendship of the 2 political icons, diversionary ploy while  1st part of the movie was on insinuating the  “truth”  of May 13 into the psyche of receptive minds or upon those not so internet savvy,

Just ask , where were the screenings done before and the ethnic composition of the test audiences and then think what may be the objective for such ?

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Then again:

The double storey buildings in background were not even designed yet and spilt level compressors of thhe Ac were not invented yet in 1969.

so much for accuracy in movies. Inadvertently, this multi million Rm movie made seriousness into a silly farcical exercise.

Science fiction movie? The proton is a futuristic time machine that brought LKS to pee on the flagpole at MB house then transport him immediately to sabah, now we know how he did it..! Patut lah kena kencing ! you are Busted LKS..!

so much for accuracy. Proton Aeroback with sports rims in the background of a procession of  an angry Chinese mob out for blood..in the year 1969., There is even  Daihatsu truck (design of the 80s) to ferry the mob back in good ole 1969 .

Prof must be in town, Marty Mcfly has his Delorean and Prof got his locomotive, a  Proton Aeroback can work just as well.going back to the future to 1969..

To think they had 5 million Rm to work with and this is the artistic end production. Money well spent? .

A multi million budget and it has the feel of a very cheap  B grade rubbish of a movie they churned out.

.A supposedly serious story telling of the friendship of 2 political icons of our  modern Malaysian history.

They should have just allocated the budget to NameWee and few co- directors and asked them to make this movie , each with a different perspective, but allowing their creative juices to gel into a whole,  revealing the brutal truth ,regardless of whether it is palatable but truth is still told..

Instead of …

This movie  of Venerated Malaysian statesmen that had helped shape this country and the director/ editor/cinematographer can’t even get the ambience of the period right..

Shows the attitude and professionalism of our local movie makers and “how meticulous” is their approach towards movie making and the respect and dedication they have for their craft.

As it is  said ” The Devil is in the Details .

This movie is supposed to be a period piece from a very turbulent political era. And if gotten right , it could draw the audience and their imagination into the ambience of the 1969 backdrop , with time accurate props and more importantly the backdrops and settings  that can depict  the period/year under which the movie highlighted.

Attention to detail , everything relevant to that period . from hairstyle, fashion and automobiles and even a bicycle or two can achieve a desired effect transporting movie audiences back to that era. The age of The Beatles , Elvis , P Ramlee , Aziz , Nordin  Ahmad . Latifah , Saloma..

Movies like Penarik Beca, Bujang Lapok ,Anaku Sazali. So much inspiration and material to draw from..

And they allow a Proton Aeroback and split unit AC compressor and a building design that was not even designed yet into the background Makes you  wonder how  the audience will respond to a scene where a procession of a supposedly angry Chinese mob in the year 1969, react when they spot the Proton Aeroback with sports Rims parked on the side of the road

.(Wah..tahun 69 dah keluar model aeroback..) Exported from the future..canggih leh.!)

Gaffes like these show either mindsets that take the Malaysian intelligence for granted or are just not bothered by the tedious attention to detail dedication required to make what is known as a good movie production.

They insult their own profession by such standards of editing and disrespect the intelligence of Malaysian movie goers who may want to watch the film.

If they don’t take   their own efforts to make a good movie seriously , then how can they expect the local moviegoers to take them seriously as well and expect quality productions from our local film makers.

This Tanda Putra movie is hailed as serious piece from one of the better  Malaysian film maker/ director  .?

Artistic rubbish , another supposedly artsy fartsy serious story telling that has more emphasise on the fart generated.

So Again….

Serious story telling of a turbulent period in our nation’s young history, based on facts ?

An accurate depiction of events that exploded into a racial conflict and the relationship between 2 of our country’s political icons.?

Well..? Maybe credit can be given to the story telling of the friendship and personal sacrifices of the 2 revered statesmen.

Apart from that…

Come on..Who are we kidding?

 The overtones or feel of  the movie is as political as they come in attempting to drive a racial wedge into  the Malay community support  for DAP and rally them  back to UMNO ..via insinuating that DAP is associated with the communist bogeyman , and DAP is as Chinese as Mao Tse Tung..? 

And If the UMNO propaganda machine is successful, just mere mention of DAP and instantly the evil communist Chinaman image will pop into mind..This movie is clear enough as it is in creating that impression

The Real Tun Razak

a shortened version beginning from the time Tun Razak ascended to the premiership,introduction of the NEP and the noble ideals of balancing the economic pie  and ending in the China visit that united the races.

Tanda Putra podcast movie review…Uma and Joe  disgusted review of Tanda Putra after watching the movie..

won’t be surprised that it is an opinion shared by many:   http://umaandjoe.com/#

mongolia

weird co incidence? endless possibilities !

Question is , who did the voiceover and when were the taglines inserted..?

 If this really is the  original , uploaded As Is… on 19 Feb 2012..by CNN .

Then a very cruel intentional ironic joke is being done on Najib now..

Baggage of “Mahathirism”

Mahathir’s Continuing Burden Upon The Nation
M. Bakri Musa
Mahathir is the only prime minister who devalued the ringgit, the very symbol of the nation’s sovereignty. If that were to be his only negative legacy, Malaysia could easily bear it.
            Unfortunately the man has burdened (and continues to burden) Malaysia with many more ugly legacies. He has also devalued our culture and institutions. Most of all he has devalued the trust we have in each other, a vital but scarce asset in a plural society.
            On a much lesser scale, and to serve more as a concrete example, the upcoming UMNO leadership convention will be another. With its “no contest” rule now the norm, the convention mocks the very meaning of a leadership election, reducing it to the same level as the old Soviet “elections.” This coming event will again expose the party’s corruptness and how pathetically bereft it is of talent. The same old tired and tainted candidates will be recycled. It is an exercise less of renewal and rejuvenation, more of an old and leaking sewer treatment plant, with nothing to hide the stench.
            As for the candidates, they would be like desperate monkeys elbowing and clawing each other for the top braches, their howling effectively drowning out the sound of the tree crashing down.
            Legally speaking, this party is of course not the original UMNO, rather “UMNO Baru,” Mahathir’s own creation after he maneuvered a less-than-honest squeaky victory over his challenger, Tengku Razaleigh, back in 1987. The party was subsequently deregistered. UMNO Baru is but a pretender to that glorious old party, the spirit of 1946, the one that bravely fought against the Malayan Union and ultimately brought the country to independence. No surprise then that this UMNO Baru has all of Mahathir’s ugly trademarks.
            I am privileged not to have met the man; thus my analysis is strictly based on his policies and performances as a leader. It is not colored by personal feelings or show of gratitude. I am spared the “mudah lupa” (ingrate) epithet.
            Again thanks to Mahathir, this mudah lupa is a special burden in our culture where one’s personal kindness and familiarity could hide and indeed excuse many a sin. Mahathir himself is not spared this burden; hence his being easily hoodwinked by the put-on piety and humility of his chosen successor, Abdullah Badawi. Even Mahathir’s subsequent enthusiasm for Najib to replace Abdullah was based less on Najib’s talent, more an expression of Mahathir’s gratitude to Najib’s late father for having “rehabilitated” Mahathir into UMNO.
            Yes, Mahathir was once kicked out of that grand old party back in 1970 in the aftermath of the deadly 1969 race riots. Those early leaders of the original UMNO were wise and prescient.
            Rehabilitated he was, and with his subsequent ascent to the top post, the country now bears the burden of his follies. We will continue to do so long after he is gone, such was the damage he inflicted upon the country.
            The currency devaluation was painful enough, especially to the poor. We still bear it today. Judging by past performances, this upcoming leadership contest would again assault our sensibilities, especially of Malay culture. Forget about our budi bahasa (gracious) and halus (soft) ways.
            Those previously found guilty of “money politics” (that’s corruption, to the rest of us) like Isa Samad and Khairy Jamaludin would again be elected to top positions. So too would former Selangor Chief Minister Khir Toyo, except that he is now serving time for corruption. Incidentally Khir Toyo is regarded as “clean” by his fellow UMNO members. As for Isa and Khairy, the former is now put in charge of the multi-billion ringgit FELDA, the latter, a cabinet minister. That too, is part of Mahathir’s legacy.
            One might quibble about Khairy for he once bragged about being Mahathir’s vocal critic. However, Mahathir’s legacy is the overall negative culture he fostered in UMNO Baru. In any other culture or jurisdiction, that young man would not even be nominated for dog catcher. That speaks volumes to the degradation of UMNO Baru.
            That is Mahathir’s legacy, its destructiveness is pervasive and permanent precisely because it is less obvious.
            Mahathir’s scathing and relentless criticism of his successor, Abdullah Badawi, cannot hide the obvious fact that he (Mahathir) was responsible for the mess. He appointed Abdullah. Similarly, Mahathir was highly instrumental in Najib replacing Abdullah. Mahathir’s excuse of there being no one else is just that – an excuse. Two successive dud appointments to the highest office of the land, another of Mahathir’s ugly legacies!
            Mahathir never tires of reminding us about Petronas Twin Towers, the gleaming highways, and the KLIA, all built during his administration. He also used to brag about Putrajaya, the multibillion-dollar new capital city. Not anymore. Yes, Putrajaya sports some futuristic bridges but it must be the only capital in the world that does not have any foreign embassies. As for those bridges, they must be the only ones to be erected where first they had to dig a lake so they could be water underneath those bridges!
            It is pathetic that after having served as the nation’s longest serving chief executive, Mahathir could point only to those physical monuments as his legacy. We have to constantly remind ourselves that the deterioration of our institutions (especially our schools and universities), the pervasiveness of corruption, the soiling of our culture (especially Malay culture), and the erosion of the trust we have in each other are very core of his legacy.
            It took the Soviets generations to free themselves of the grip of Stalin’s ghost. It took the Chinese decades to recognize and then overcome Mao’s malignant feng shui. How long will Malaysians, Malays specifically, take to escape the hantu of Mahathirism? Will we ever?
 sourced from    M. Bakri Musa

waythamurthy…wayTha minute.!

Malaysian Insider news article:

Another minister tells Waytha to go if he can’t toe the line

The Defence Minister has joined a growing chorus calling on Deputy Minister P Waythamoorthy to resign from his Cabinet position if he wants to act like a representative of a non-governmental organisation.

Echoing Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who made the same call yesterday, Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said Waythamoorthy, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, should think rationally before making statements now that he is in government..

“Being emotional on it is not the right way of a leader. I support Datuk Zahid….101 percent. As Cabinet ministers we have to be responsible

( but it is exactly the problem here, WaythaMurthy is thinking rationally for once and expressing his very responsible remark to his own concerned community , and poor sod is being held to task and villified for it )

“We cannot place our personal political interest above the collective interest of the government,” he said after meeting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel in Kuala Lumpur today.

Ahmad Zahid had told the former Hindraf leader to quit his Cabinet position after Waythamoorthy had questioned the police shooting of five alleged gang members.

“In the war against crime, there should be no quarter given to criminals,” Ahmad Zahid had said. ( Except for  criminals on assault charges , that type of  lawbreakers can be allowed not only a quarter but even 3 quarters or make up one whole.) ( at the same token no quarter given also includes condoning  cold blooded  execution of human beings aka Malaysians who break the law)

Waythamoorthy had said he will not be silent on issues just because he is in the government. ( and so Waytha , you gotta put up or shut up or get the heck out) (full report)

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What gives? Hishamudin covering Zahid’s back..?

But then it  also has the same stench from the same toilet that he was not able to clean up during his shift as the toilet maintenance guy. Now it falls on Zahid Hamidi to purify the smell and clean up the reeking stench emanating from the department..

But Waytha is appointed by Najib..in default means He ought to be in Najib’s camp..is Waytha turning out to be a wild stallion that Najib is having a hard time to rein.

It may also mean that Najib is having second thoughts on his decision to appoint WayThamurthy , figuring that He doesn’t need him afterall..? He did do admirably well garnering the Malay votes which turns out is enough to keep him in place. He doesn’t need the support of the other communities if the  results of the GE  13 were any indicators

So he just needs to go all out to consolidate his standing among the Malay electorate and that will be enough. All others be damned ,for all he cares. Main thing now is to endear himself and UMNO to the Malay voters and  he will do just fine.

WaythaMurthy. ? A useless liability? Nothing useful Waytha can contribute to his  table or stable. Not much of a vote bank or community support to draw from seeing as  Waytha’s  own ethnic community’s support base seems to have abandoned him in droves. .

Get rid of him and good riddance ..”Tak Boleh pakai “,  just like the products and grads of our Education system.

Najib has to use the combined forces of his cousin and Zahid now  and more recently , Najib’s poster boy of suave and intellect ,the Berhormat-ted , OX-ed educated of a  Minister, K. J  ,   and probably few “more influential” voices that may emerged if it really comes down to that and he will need to borrow  more firepower or  manpower to send a message  to  get him to pack his bags or fall in line and  Kiss his hand whenever He extends it to Waytha’s face .

Waytha is supposed to kiss and lick the Hand,,ai..yo yo…Not bite IT..!

So it will be interesting to note whose voices will emerge calling for the ouster of Waythamurthy..since it can be  ascertained by the names whose side they  are on.

Whether it is from Najib’s camp  or the other side of UMNO..or sending a message on Whose side They want to be seen on. or will be setting up camp..

So far Zahid Hamidi- Hishamuddin , KJ , all undoubtedly Najib’s unwavering and grateful loyal sidekicks.. and  the voices that may surface in a common call for Waytha’s resignation can be an indicator of who are  Najib’s supporters within UMNO and who is not..as the battle lines are drawn pre election and the troops align themselves behind their preferred Generals who will make their positions clear in days to come..

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As for WaythaMurthy , he should take to heart these  Chinese sayings from the 36 stratagems..

Borrow knife to dispose of  person ?” or  more accurately ” Killing with a borrowed knife.” which essentially means borrowing other’s people power to help  eliminate a threat. When one doesn’t want to reveal themselves, “borrow a knife” (from an outside force) to eliminate a threat. By doing this, other’s people power can be used for  own gain.

Creating rivalry among two groups is a powerful way to borrow other’s people power. It may be possible  to swallow up one or both groups once they are exhausted from their bitter rivalry.

Creating distrust and anger between your enemy’s leader and followers is also another way to borrow people’s power. Either the leader or the followers will be removed in the end. Either way, your competitor will become powerless. That is what it means to “kill with a borrowed knife”.

( mull over the split in Hindraf now ,Uthaya and Waytha camps and contemplate on this strategy above ? )

” funeral service is over , no more need for the taoist priest” or ” pulling the plank after crossing the bridge !” –

Both the above phrases basically  suggest ingratitude after one was recruited to help neutralize or counter threats that could have been destructive to an organization or individual  but  after the design was accomplished and problem solved , then the one recruited  is discarded like rubbish – of no more further use, seems to be a very popular tactic in political game plays.
Waytha needs to urgently decide- whose side does he want to be on..before the UMNO battle royale. (take no prisoners) erupt s..

And that also explains why  Najib has been so quiet all this time. but in actual fact his Silence is Deafening!

Why say anything when everything you say will be twisted and used back against you anyway..and also when you can have others who will gladly take the heat for you and be the bad cops.

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Police needs to be on the Good Moral side not on the Evil  Dark side of the Force.

Yet  in good conscience , it needs to be considered that  the police are not the criminals and law breakers they hunt down and apprehend, a clear division must exist between good guys and bad guys..that has something to do with morality and human decency !

otherwise , what is the difference between law breakers and law enforcers , if all are stone cold killers , acting as reprehensibly as each other?

Police have a moral responsibility to respect and uphold the sanctity of our country’s laws. just because gun toting criminals may shoot and murder in cold blood, policemen cannot/must not have the same mentality as them . that is what separates the criminal low lifes / scumbags and our noble respected law enforcers.
if the police are just mindless  trigger happy killers , executing criminals at whim, then what is the difference between both ? It can also be classified as cold blooded murder unless of course they were in a firefight and had to shoot to kill justifying self defence . But if , for sake of argument , the criminals had been disarmed and neutralized, but they were still executed in cold blood?

Many will think, dangerous armed crooks who were shot and killed deserves what they get for breaking the law.! But if they were really executed in cold blood , then there is no separation of the law and which side the police  are on.  It will be like a lawless, wild wild west shoot 1st, ask later.
Police must always be on the moral high ground, no doubt , appreciated and honored for risking their lives upholding the country’s laws and protecting the public’s security.
But if the cops break the laws they uphold, then meaning and significance of their role is lost. Therefore they cannot be or act like the criminals they  hunt  or else they will risk being labelled as criminals with badges, licensed to kill ? Not a good image.

digging up the past dirt ..altantuya?

RPK: Najib linked to Altantuya, to make Ku Li PM 

(poor girl.. as if being murdered and  have her body get  blown to pieces in a foreign land isn’t enough ,  then even in death her name is  made used of as a political pawn in attempts to destroy or further the political ambitions of some , in a country not even her own…RIP Altantuya ? Or is that possible?)

– Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin revealed today a conspiracy that linked Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the Altantuya murder was so that Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah could become prime minister.

His claim came a day after an interview with him appeared on the pro-government TV3 channel where he denied accusing Najib’s wife of being at the scene where Mongolian model Altantuya Shaaribuu was killed.

“The whole objective of this exercise was to block Najib Tun Razak from taking over as prime minister. If (Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can be forced to resign, and if Najib can be blocked from taking over, then Tengku Razaleigh could become the next prime minister,” he wrote in the Malaysia Today news portal which he edits.

Raja Petra, popularly known as RPK, said that a meeting attended by about 30 people was held in the former finance minister’s office where an aide of his, Nik Azmi Nik Daud, was the main speaker.

“The purpose of this meeting was to explore how it can be engineered so that Tengku Razaleigh can take over as prime minister,”

full article :Now that the shit has hit the fan

The whole objective of this exercise was to block Najib Tun Razak from taking over as Prime Minister. If Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can be forced to resign, and if Najib can be blocked from taking over, then Tengku Razaleigh could become the next prime minister.

Earlier, a meeting was held in Tengku Razaleigh’s office. About 30 people attended the meeting cum buka puasa. A few Umno bloggers such as Big Dog and so on were there. PKR people like Adlan Benan Omar and Rafizi Ramli also came. And many others whom you will know if I mention their names also attended (I will leave it to them whether they want to surface, but they know who I am talking about).

The purpose of this meeting was to explore how it can be engineered so that Tengku Razaleigh can take over as prime minister. Bul, of course, was the ‘main speaker’ with all the ideas on how this can be achieved.

Today, Bul declares that he is a strong Najib supporter and that he has always supported Najib from way back. Suddenly he is no longer the man who was scheming on how to block Najib from taking over so that his boss, Tengku Razaleigh, can be the new prime minister.

Bul, who promised me that he will make sure I will never go to jail and that the military intelligence report would surface the instant the police come for me, today, tells me that the report no longer exists.

The question is, did the report even exist in the first place? And Din Merican, who spoke to Anwar and who assured me that Lt Kol Azmi is very reliable and John Pang, who spoke to Tengku Razaleigh on the same matter and gave that same assurance, have washed their hands of this whole matter.

I can understand Din leaving PKR to go back to the other side. He did tell everyone he is disillusioned with the party and he is not the first or the last. John Pang, however, is now with CIMB Jakarta and we all know who owns CIMB.

Suddenly, everyone who was part of the conspiracy to block Najib from taking over is a strong Najib supporter from way back in time.

Yes, TV3 gave me that opportunity to tell the story I have always told but no one appears to be listening. Suddenly everyone is listening, thanks to TV3.

Sometimes we need a storm to get people’s attention. Maybe now the police will do what I have been asking them to do these last three years: that is, investigate my statutory declaration and ascertain the truth behind what Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin alleged.

Malaysia Kini 
full article:
Raja Petra was reported of having accused people close to top politicians – including opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – of being behind the accusations against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of being involved in the October 2006 murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Apparently, the motivation driving the accusation- was to prevent the then deputy prime minister Najib from succeeding Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minster.
He named former Umno vice-president and one-time finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as being the intended beneficiary of the plot to ‘get Najib’.”The whole objective of this exercise was to block Najib Razak from taking over as prime minister. If Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can be forced to resign, and if Najib can be blocked from taking over, then Tengku Razaleigh could become the next prime minister.
“”About 30 people attended the ‘meeting-cum-buka puasa’. A few Umno bloggers , PKR people like Adlan Benan Omar and Rafizi Ramli also came… The purpose  was to explore how it can be engineered for Tengku Razaleigh to take over as prime minister.”
Long time ambition, now dragged in

tengku razaleigh hamzah 270908While Tengku Razaleigh (left) – known more popularly as Ku Li – has long been known to have aimed at being prime minister, this is the first time his name has been dragged into the Altantuya controversy.

In his posting, Raja Petra – long regarded as one of Malaysia’s icon of anti-BN cyber-activism – reiterated his innocence of the claims against Najib and Rosmah over the murder case.

In a statutory declaration (SD) made before leaving secretly for the UK, the activist had said he had only received information from people purporting Rosmah as having been present at the place when Altantuya was murdered.

 

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Back to  Altantuya Revisited  

Murder of a Mongolian Lady in Malaysia..Revisited.

Tentatively titled”The translator who got greedy”

This is a true story that happened in Malaysia in 2006

All the elements of a good espionage thriller,murder , international intrigue,blackmail, influential political figures

involving Money,  hundreds of millions of Euros!

The Altantuya Shaaribuu’s case: how and why she was murdered!

Published in the Liberation French newspaper on 5th March 2009

This is the English translation of the Liberation French article:

Shaaribuu Setev is a bitter and disappointed man. Yet, behind the saddened face of this Mongolian lies a fierce determination. Seated in a sofa in the lobby of an Ulaan Baataar hotel rattled by gushes of a freezing wind, this sixty years old man is ready to fight. His face features, hardened by the suffering and the stern climate, and his intense gaze tell all. “My daughter has been murdered by Malaysians on Malaysian territory. And they did not have even offer a word of apology,” states this professor of psychology at the National University of Mongolia.

The assassination of his daughter, Altantuya Shaaribuu, took place in October 2006. This was a murder unlike others in a region where business conflicts or petty politics are often settled with a gun. Everything in this case, which started in 2002 when the French Spanish company Armaris concluded the sale of three submarines to the Malaysian government for the amount of one billion Euros, is out of the ordinary.

The impact of the “Altantuya case” in France, Malaysia and Mongolia has yet to reach its climax. The murder of the 28 year old Mongolian was the result of a “commission” at the price of 114 million Euros by Armaris to its Malaysian counterpart. This “commission,” which was acknowledged by the Malaysian government in front of the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, has triggered a chain of events that has led to the assassination of Altantuya and the disappearance of several key witnesses in the case.

 

 How they killed her. Her body was blown to pieces with C4 explosives!

A report from the Malaysian police, written on 19th november 2006 and which has been kept secret until now (can be read below), reveals dry and precise descriptions as to how this young woman, a member of Asian high society, has been killed. In this document, one of the killers, a policeman of the Malaysian Special Branch named Sirul Omar, replied to the questions of an officer at a police station close to the murder scene. “When the Chinese woman saw that I was taking a gun, she begged me to spare her, saying she was pregnant. Azilah (the commanding officer of Sirul) grabbed her and [threw] her on the ground. I immediately shot the left side of her face. Then Azilah took off her clothes and put them in a black plastic bag. Azilah noticed that her hand was still moving. He ordered me to shoot again, which I did”, said Sirul. This is the first confirmation of Altantuya’s assassins’ identity. “Then we carried her body into the woods. Azilah wrapped the explosives around her legs, her abdomen and her head, and we exploded her.”

The revelation of this report in the French newspaper Liberation is the latest chapter in this colourful and dramatic saga featuring French weapon sellers, Mongolian Shaman, and Malaysian politicians. This case is explosive not only for the Malaysian government, since the deputy Prime minister Najib Razak (who is scheduled to become Prime minister at the end of March) is suspected of having links to the case, but also because it could embarrass the DCNS, this French company specialising in military shipbuilding. The French Spanish company Armaris, which sold two Scorpène and one Agosta submarines to Malaysia in June 2002, was bought by DCNS in 2007.

With her magnetic beauty and sophistication, Altantuya is reminiscent of the troubling image of a Far East Mata Hari. She grew up in Saint Petersburg (Russia), then studied at the Institute of Economic Management in Beijing. Besides speaking English, she is fluent in Russian, Chinese and Korean. The fateful cycle for Altantuya came into gear when she met Abdul Razak Baginda in Hong Kong in 2004. Baginda is a security expert and the director of the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, a pro-government think-tank. The two quickly became romantically involved. Altantuya, nicknamed Tuya by her friends, proved to be a useful assistant, helping Baginda translate from Russian to English.

Whereas Altantuya is young and beautiful, the rich and alluring Baginda is a well known figure of the Kuala Lumpur’s elite, notably because of his proximity to the Malaysian Deputy Prime minister and minister of Defense Najib Razak (he is also his security affairs adviser). Baginda parades in the most exclusive circles of Kuala Lumpur, sometimes accompanied by his legitimate wife.

In March 2005, Altantuya and Baginda departed for Europe, touring France, Germany, Italy and Portugal in the red Ferrari of Baginda, staying in posh hotels and dining in the finest restaurants of the old Continent. This trip, however, was not only for tourism: the contract for the sale of the submarines had been signed in 2002, but important details had yet to be settled. “We knew that Baginda was used by Deputy Prime minister Najib Razak as an intermediary for weapons systems deals, especially the high level ones,” says a regional security affairs expert.

At the end of March 2005 the couple was in Paris, where they met with Najib Razak. A picture shows the threesome in a Parisian private club. “Tuya showed me the pix. She said that one of the men was her boyfriend, Abdul Razak Baginda, and the other the “big boss”, Najib Razak. I asked her if they were brothers because of the names, but she said no, and that Najib Razak was the ‘prime minister’”, said Amy, Altantuya’s best friend (Najib Razak has sworn on the Koran that he has never met Altantuya). According to a private detective, now in hiding in India, the beautiful Tuya was also the occasional mistress of the deputy Prime minister, who was introduced to her by Baginda at the end of 2004.

The story became dramatic when, in October 2006, Altantuya was informed that the commission paid by the French-Spanish company Armaris had arrived on a Kuala Lumpur bank account. It had been paid to Perimekar, a company owned by Baginda. Altantuya rushed to Kuala Lumpur, in order to claim her share of the commission from Baginda ; she said she was entitled to 500,000 dollars. Baginda and Altantuya broke up prior to this. A jealous Rosmah Mansor, the feared businesswoman and wife of Najib Razak, objected any payment to Altantuya. Altantuya arrived in Kuala Lumpur with two other Mongolian women, one of them was a Shaman responsible for putting a spell on Baginda if he refused to pay. For several days, Altantuya harassed her ex-lover.

On the 18th of October, Baginda could no longer tolerate the daily scenes made by Altantuya in front of his house. He contacted the Director of the Special Branch, Musa Safrie, who happened to also be Najib Razak’saide de camp. On October 19th, 2006, a little before 9 pm, two police officers of the Special Branch, Azilah Hadridan and Sirul Omar, were sent in front of Baginda’s house where Altantuya was gesticulating and shouting. They had the order of “neutralising the Chinese woman.” They kidnapped her, and drove her ten kilometers away and shot her several times. Then, they destroyed her body with C4 explosives, a type which can only be obtained from within the Defense Ministry. Her entry into Malaysia was erased from the immigration records. It would appear that Altantuya had never come to Malaysia, because there is no trace left of her.

There is no perfect crime. The taxi driver hired by Altantuya for the day did not appreciate that his passenger was kidnapped under his eyes without payment for the fare. He took note of the registration plate of the kidnapper’s car and filed a complaint at the local police station. In a few days, the police identified the car and realised that it was a government vehicle.

Events unfolded that even the Deputy Prime minister Najib Razak could not impede. He tried to cover the case. A few hours before the arrest of Baginda, he sent him a SMS: “I will see the Inspector General of Police at 11 am today… The problem will be solved. Be cool”. A few hours after, Baginda was arrested as well as the two police officers of the Special Branch, Azilah and Sirul.

After a trial considered dubious by many observers, Baginda was acquitted with the accusation of having ordered the murder and released in November 2008. Accused of having perpetrated the murder, Azilah and Sirul appeared in front of the Court last month. If convicted, their sentence is death. The verdict is scheduled for the 9th of April.

Thousands of miles from there, in the Mongolian capital city Ulaan Baataar, Shaaribuu Setev, Altantuya’s father, is trying to control his anger. To him and his family, the acquittal and release of Baginda is symbolic of the unfairness of the Malaysian judicial process: “The Malaysian government is not even answering to the letters from the Mongolian Foreign Affairs Ministry,” he says.

When Shaaribuu came to the Malaysian Parliament to meet Najib Razak, the Deputy Prime minister had to escape through a back door in order to avoid an embarrassing encounter. The Altantuya case has become a key element of the Malaysian political game between Najib Razak (who is expected to become Prime Minister after the United Malay Nation Organisation (UMNO) Congress in March) and the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. So far, Najib Razak has navigated around the obstacles, but the murder of the young Mongolian remains a sword suspended over his head.

One of the most obscure aspects of the Altantuya case is the role of the Armaris company. In October 2007, the Malaysian Deputy Defense minister, Zainal Abdidin Zin, acknowledged in front of the Parliament that Armaris had effectively paid 114 million Euros in commission to Perimekar. He maintained that it was not a bribe, but a payment for “support and coordination services.”

Was there corruption as in the case of the Taiwanese frigates in which the French DCNS was also implicated? DCNS, a private company with public financing, has declined our request for a meeting. “Nobody can comment on this case,” was the sober reply of the DCNS Press relations officer in Paris. A document, which could establish a link between Altantuya and the French company is the guarantee letter written by Abdul Razak Baginda so that his mistress could obtain a visa to enter the Schengen zone (of whom France is a member country). The French embassy could not refuse this service to a man decorated with the Legion d’Honneur. But the role of Altantuya in the submarines negotiations is still not clear. Intelligence agencies find her background intriguing and the Russian FSB (ex-KGB) is following closely the case.

R.I.P Mdm Altantuya
or will you haunt those responsible for your demise?

In Ulaan Baataar, Mungunshagai, the eldest son of Altantuya, who is 12 years old, is traumatised by the death of his mother. Altanshagai, the youngest, who is five years old and mentally handicapped, has not understood that he will never see again his mother. “He is asking for her all the time and is staying the whole day prostrated on his chair. Every evening, I bring him sweets and I tell him that his mother gave it to me for him”, says Shaaribuu Setev, the grandfather of the two boys. As for Baginda, he settled down in the United Kingdom with his family. He never uttered a word of regret on the deadly fate of the one who shared his life for two years.

Arnaud Dubus (in Kuala Lumpur, Ulaan Baataar and Paris) Arnaud did extensive research into this story and travelled the world in search of the truth.

 

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This is the original cautioned statement – in Bahasa Malaysia- that Sirul Azhar Omar made in the interrogation by the police on 19 November 2006 that confirms not only how and why Altantuya was killed but also that they were hired to kill her:

The police statement above translated into english here

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/sirul-azhar-statement/

 

sourced; http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/18841/84/

 http://www.malaysia-today.net/archives/archives-2011/39710-rpk-najib-linked-to-altantuya-to-make-ku-li-pm

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The murder case that will not go away:

In  a brief Nutshell… spanning from 2006 to present .

 

 Altantuya Shaariibuu; 6 May 1978 – 18 October 2006), a Mongolian national, was a murder victim who was killed first and her remains destroyed with C-4 on 18 October 2006 in a deserted area in Shah Alam, Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur.

Her murder case is significant and highly volatile in contemporary Malaysian politics due to the alleged involvement of persons close to Prime Minister Najib Razak who was the defence minister then and controversial allegations that it might even be linked to the PM.

It was alleged that she was actually introduced by  Najib Razak (unproven) to Abdul Razak Baginda, a defence analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, at an international diamond convention in Hong Kong, and had a relationship with him while accompanying Razak Baginda to Paris to work as a translator during his negotiations to purchase submarines from France for the Malaysian government.

As reported by the French newspaper Liberation, Altantuya found out that one of the parties involved in negotiations, Spanish company Armaris, paid out commissions of 114 million euros for the deal (reportedly one billion euros or RM4.7 billion for the purchase of three submarines).

The commission was credited in the accounts of a company controlled by Razak Baginda, Perimekar.

A letter written by Altantuya and found after her death admits that she had regretted attempting to  blackmail Mr. Baginda, seeking a $US500,000 cut to remain silent about her knowledge of the deal.

After being  jilted, she came to Malaysia  vainly demanding  payment. And lead to her demise under so very intriguing circumstances.

However, it was  Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Malaysia Today website editor, was the one who had connected Najib Razak with the Altantuya murder.

Missing person report

When it was realised Altantuya had gone missing on 19 October 2006, her cousin lodged a police report and sought help from the Mongolian embassy in Bangkok.

The Malaysian police found fragments of bone, later verified as her remains confirmed with a DNA test, in forested land near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam.

Police investigation of her remains revealed that she was shot twice before C-4 explosives were used .

The source  of the C-4 remains unclear.

The two arrested murder suspects have been named as Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, and Corporal Sirul  Umar.

They had been members of the elite Unit Tindakan Khas (the Malaysian Police Special Action Unit or counter-terrorism unit) and were both assigned to the office of the Prime Minister Najib Razak,  as bodyguards, who was  the Defence Minister at the time of the murder.

Abdul Razak Baginda was been charged with abetting the murder.

Trial

According to court testimony by Altantuya’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg, Altantuya had shown Burmaa a photograph of 3 persons taking a meal together: Altantuyaa, Razak Baginda, and a government official. Burmaa identified the goverment official in the photo as then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.,when he was questioned by Karpal Singh,lawyer for the Sharibu family.

On 31 October 2008, The High Court acquitted Abdul Razak Baginda of abetment in the murder of Altantuya, with the prosecution saying they would appeal the acquittal. To date, the appeal has yet to transpire.

Trial continues

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were ordered to enter their defence and testify under oath.

On 10 November 2008-It was announced that the murder trial has been postponed to January 2009 to allow the defence more time to prepare and gather witnesses.

The witnesses sought included Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin and private investigator P. Balasubramaniam,

whose whereabouts was unknown at that time.

On 3 February 2009- Sirul Azhar pleaded with the court to not pass the death sentence on him, as he was like “a black sheep that has to be sacrificed” to protect unnamed people who have never been brought to court or faced questioning.

“I have no reason to cause hurt, what’s more to take the life of the victim in such a cruel manner… I appeal to the court, which has the powers to determine if I live or die, not to sentence me so as to fulfil others’ plans for me.

Verdict, appeal and  sentence

On 9 April 2009 ,

High Court Judge ruled that Sirul’s and Azilah’s statements were “unbelievable” as both accused only blamed each other.

Both were sentenced to death for the murder of Altantuya.

Wrapping up the 159-day trial, the judge said both of them failed to raise any reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

However, their lawyers planned to file an appeal.

Both policemen showed no emotion when they heard that they were sentenced to be hanged until dead.

Their family members accept the court’s decision and denied any political elements in the verdict.

The two policemen appealed their sentence in late August 2009.

The Court of Appeal has fixed a date for their appellate hearing for 10 June 2013

Attorney-General’s had decided not to appeal Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal in the murder of Shariibuu’s daughter Altantuya.

 23 August 2013 –– Sirul and Azilah were acquitted on by the Court of Appeal.

Reasons given for the acquittal were- failure of the prosecution to provide a strong motive for the two men to murder the victim and the failure to call for the cross-examination of Najib’s aide Musa Safri and Najib Abdul Razak.

The acquittals have drawn the derision from many Malaysian.

Appeal over the acquittal

The prosecution immediately made an appeal to the Federal Court over the acquittal of the Azhar and Sirul which was heard on 23 June, 2014.

The Federal Court on 13 January, 2015 overturned the acquittal of both individuals, finding them both guilty of murder and sentenced both  to death.

Sirul did not show up during the appeal hearing and was believed to be in Australia.

The current Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has made an extradition request to Australia calling for Sirul, but faces difficulty due to Australia’s policy of not extraditing individuals to countries to where they have been sentenced to face the death penalty  .

Sirul was detained by Australian immigration authorities in Brisbane, Queensland on 20 January, 2015 after Interpol red notice was issued for his arrest.

Among the Controversies.and cast of Characters in this highly charged Murder intrigue.

STATUTORY DECLARATION
I, RAJA PETRA BIN RAJA KAMARUDIN (IC NO: 500927-71-5257), A MALAYSIAN CITIZEN OF LEGAL AGE RESIDING AT NO. 5, JALAN BRP 5/5, BUKIT RAHMAN PUTRA, 47000 SUNGAI BULOH, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY AFFIRM AND SAY AS FOLLOWS:-
1. I HAVE BEEN RELIABLY INFORMED THAT BETWEEN ABOUT 10 P.M. ON 19TH OCTOBER 2006 AND EARLY HOURS OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE NIGHT ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBUU WAS MURDERED, THREE (3) OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME;
(A) DATIN SERI ROSMAH MANSOR, WIFE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA, DATO’ SERI NAJIB TUN RAZAK….
Full transcipt of the SD above can be viewed at the link below:

wikileak-true-story-how-najib-was-involve-in-the-brutal-murder-of-altantuya-shaariibuu/

Raja Petra later distanced himself from the statutory declaration in a television interview with TV3, saying its accusations linking Najib Razak and spouse Rosmah to the murder were repeating information passed onto him by opposition figures, rather than information he knew to be true himself.

He also  stated that he did not genuinely believe that Rosmah was at the murder scene.

He also later clarified and pointed out that he had always been consistent in relation to the statutory declaration, saying that he had never directly accused Rosmah of being at the scene of the murder, merely repeating what was told to him.

themalaysianinsider/article/rpk-on-tv3-explains-his-altantuya-stories

Statutory declaration by P. Balasubramaniam(PI to Razak Baginda)

A second statutory declaration was filed on 1 July 2008 by Abdul Razak Baginda’s private investigator P Balasubramaniam, disclosing then deputy Prime Minister Najib’s links and Altantuya.

Bala said the police omitted information about the relationship between Najib and Altantuya during their investigation.

In the statutory declaration Abdul Razak had told Balasubramaniam that the deputy prime minister had a affair with  Altantuya .

Former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the case.

However, the RCI has not been convened on this issue.

It has been claimed that Balasubramaniam’s allegation on the involvement of Najib Abdul Razak on the murders of Altantuya could have political motivations, as the press conference for the allegation was made at the national PKR Headquarters.

Retraction and disappearance

The following day Balasubramaniam made a retraction of the statutory declaration he made on 1 July 2008- in a second statutory declaration and its replacement with one that erased  allegations with references to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Altantuya’s murder.

Accusations surfaced that this new statutory declaration could have been due to intimidation or inducement, and was done not on his own free will.

Malaysian police said on Sunday 6 July 2008 that they have asked Interpol to help find the private investigator who has been reported missing since making explosive claims linking the deputy premier to a murder.

It was discovered later that Balasubramaniam is said to have taken refuge in a neighbouring country with his family.

It is assumed that Bala was running away because he either received death threats or a massive bribe from Najib.

Reappearance and retraction of second statutory declaration

After his reappearance Bala claimed that he signed the second statutory declaration without even reading it, claiming he was threatened

Bala was also quoted that a member of Najib’s family, which was revealed to be Najib’s younger brother Nazim Abdul Razak teaming up with a Deepak Jaikishan, a businessman with connections to the Najib Abdul Razak’s family, made Bala withdraw his first statutory declaration and offered him RM5 million to do so, but that his first declaration was true.

Bala has continued to reiterate that the first statutory declaration he signed was the truth.

Bala has been actively campaigning for the Malaysian opposition giving talks on Najib and Rosmah’s alleged role in the death of Altantuyaa  before his eventual death by heart attack on 15 March 2013.

Deepak Jaikishan

Malaysian Indian businessman Deepak Jaikishan in the later part of 2012 held several press conferences regarding his role in the retraction of Balasubramaniam’s first statutory declaration and the supposed coercion in making Bala signed the second declaration.

He also made damning accusations against Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, implying they were the ones giving instructions and had prior knowledge of coverup of the first statutory declaration.

He further revealed that it was the Prime Minister’s brother Nazim Abdul Razak who paid off Balasubramaniam.

In a biography launched on 19 March 2013, Rosmah Mansor denied any involvement with the murder of Altantuya, stating that she was attending a special session with the Islamic Orphans Welfare Association on the day in question, and describing the accusations against her as “slander”.

Sirul Azhar

Sirul Azhar, the former police commando who was convicted for the murder of Altantuyaa, revealed during his detention in Australia that he was under orders to kill Altantuyaa and that the real murderers were still free.

He also mentioned that Najib’s aide-de camp Musa Safri and his superior should have been made to testify during the murder trial.

Sirul’s claims have been immediately rubbished by Najib and Inspector General of Police Khalid.

The opposition has asked Najib to explain why he was asserting that Sirul’s claims were “total rubbish”.

WikiLeaks and the Altantuya Murder

Cables show the US embassy in KL feared “prosecutorial misconduct” during the sensational 2009 trial

The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur closely followed the trial of the accused killers of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu and frequently discussed whether current Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was involved in the killing, according to diplomatic cables supplied to Asia Sentinel by the WikiLeaks website.

The diplomats, like much of the public, also speculated that the trial was being deliberately delayed and feared what one cable calls “prosecutorial misconduct” that was being politically manipulated. The embassy officials based their concerns on sources within the prosecution, government and the political opposition.

The cables also draw attention to an intriguing allegation that then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may have attempted to use the proceedings to implicate Najib, a claim that was quickly hushed up in the Malaysian press.

Full article :  asiasentinel./wikileaks-and-the-altantuya-murder/

 

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But Of course there is  Anwar Ibrahim not far behind smelling blood:

July 19 2011:   (When Pak Lah was still PM)

A private legal deposition, revealed by Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on July 3, implicates Deputy Prime Minister Najib in the high-profile Altantuya murder case. The deposition, based primarily on statements reportedly made by Altantuya and murder defendant Razak Baginda, indicates that Najib had an affair with Altantuya, Altantuya assisted Najib in the controversial purchase of French submarines, and Najib attempted to intervene on Razak Baginda’s behalf at the time of his arrest. 

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

SUBJECT: ANWAR IMPLICATES DPM NAJIB IN MURDER CASE

Summary

  1. (C) A private investigator’s legal deposition, revealed by Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on July 3, implicates Deputy Prime Minister Najib in the high-profile Altantuya murder case.

The deposition, based primarily on statements reportedly made by Altantuya and murder defendant Razak Baginda, indicates that Najib had an affair with Altantuya, Altantuya assisted Najib in the controversial purchase of French submarines, and Najib attempted to intervene on Razak Baginda’s behalf at the time of his arrest.

The investigator claims that this information was suppressed by police and ignored by prosecutors.

Anwar’s revelation of this information comes as he launches a political offensive following recent sodomy allegations, which he believes were instigated by Najib.  Meanwhile, Anwar and the Opposition coalition are set to begin a series of nationwide rallies, including a major gathering on July 6 near Kuala Lumpur.

The national police chief announced the military would join the police in tackling illegal assemblies in an emergency situation, a role the military last played during the 1969 politically-inspired race riots.

Najib and the government of Prime Minister Abdullah will need to respond, both to Anwar’s explosive revelations, but also to the Opposition leader’s political offensive, including plans to hold nationwide rallies.

Explosive Revelation

On July 3, as the next step in his energized political offensive, former DPM and de facto opposition coalition leader Anwar Ibrahim released a statutory declaration (similar to a deposition in the U.S. system), made by private investigator P. Balasubramaniam on July 1,linking Deputy Prime Minister Najib to murder victim Altantuya Shaariibuu (ref e) and implicating Najib in efforts to subvert the investigation of the case.

(Najib’s advisor Razak Baginda and two members of Najib’s security detail are currently on trial for murder in this case.)

Anwar produced the explosive affidavit during a press conference on July 3, with Balasubramaniam standing by his sid

(SBU) Balasubramaniam bases his statement on conversations he had with Razak Baginda and with Altantuya; on events he witnessed acting as Razak Baginda’s investigator; and his experiences under arrest and in the courtroom at the opening stage of the murder trial. Among other things, the affidavit includes the following damaging allegations against Najib and others:

– Najib and Altantuya had an affair and that Najib introduced her to Baginda.  (Note: Najib has repeatedly denied knowing Altantuya. )

– Najib, along with Razak Baginda, was with Altantuya in Paris in connection with the negotiations for the purchase of French submarines, and that Altantuya believed she was due $500,000 for her services.

– Najib asked Razak Baginda to take care of Altantuya, as Najib did not want Altantuya harassing him.

– Najib, in a text message, told Razak Baginda he would meet with Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan to resolve the issue of Razak Baginda’s impending arrest for murder.

– Police omitted the above information that Balasubramaniam provided during his seven-day interrogation regarding the murder, and that prosecutors never addressed any questions to him during his court appearance

Anwar stated it was evident the police and prosecution team, especially IGP Musa Hassan and Attorney General Abdul Gani manipulated the case to protect the DPM and hide any linkages of the DPM to Altantuya. He declared that the declaration further confirmed a clear and consistent pattern of manipulation of the criminal justice system since 1998.

Anwar continued by saying he is worried the IGP and AG will again manipulate evidence and statements during the probe into alleged sodomy charges against Anwar.

Anwar’s incendiary revelations follow a statutory declaration by controversial blogger Raja Petra in which he alleged that Najib’s wife, Rosmah, was present at scene of Altantuya’s murder.

In addition, on July 1 Anwar publicly accused Najib and Rosmah for being behind the current sodomy allegations against Anwar, which is now under police investigation.

 

Comment

Anwar and Najib have entered a very high stakes political game. The risks to both men are tremendous, and not limited to their political careers.  Najib will be damaged by the latest serious allegations, coming on the heels of other statements implicating him and his wife in the murder, and the existing widespread public belief that the ongoing Altantuya murder trial has been the subject of political manipulation.

Najib and the government of Prime Minister Abdullah will need to respond, both to Anwar’s explosive revelations, but also to the Opposition leader’s political offensive, including plans to hold nationwide rallies.

Sourced : malaysia-today.net/wikileaks-anwar-implicates-dpm-najib-in-murder-case/

 

allah in malay ?

Arabic terms for the holy Trinity are Allah al-ab meaning God the Father, Allah al-ibn mean God the Son, and Allah al-ru? al-quds, meaning God the Holy Spirit and their term for Jesus is usually Yasu not the muslim reference” ISA”..

Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, have been using the word “Allah” to mean “God” since Christian Arabs of today have no other word for “God” than “Allah” and have been using without protestation even in that volatile religious region.
Also the Arabic-descended Maltese language of Malta, population almost entirely Roman Catholic, uses Allah for “God”.

For Malaysia and the Malay language to claim exclusivity for the term “ALLAH” to be used only in the Islamic context, seems a bit arrogant if not Xeno phobic or Xeno manic..(if there is such a word).
Indonesian Christians and pastors pray or preach in Bahasa Indonesia when invoking the Almighty’s name, ALLAH is used, second nature to them and their language .
The question will be , is it possible for a singular race or a language in this world to claim exclusive ownership to a word in reference to the Almighty. and prevent it s use by other faiths.?

The impression is that here in Malaysia ,there is stubborn resistance to gain knowledge and understanding about the issue , mostly adhering religiously to teachings and be easily outraged at a perceived challenged to their faith.-selectively .hearing only what they want to hear as excuse to to rile up their passions in defence..
Resolution can only come via understanding which no one on one side seems to be eager to promote..anxious in jeopardising own self vested interest..or risk incurring the wrath of many.

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Can Reason or Logic and a Spirit of Religious Understanding and Acceptance across the Faiths in Malaysia work ?

 When WE  Have Mindsets LIKE This and NGOs like PERKASA to consistently stirring up the emotions of the Malay/Muslims in their political agenda.

The Perkasa crowd in front of the court complex demonstrating .. and a selected rep was asked to say few words..representing the voice of the gathered demonstrators..

Journalist:

macam mana kalau keputusan mahkamah..?? (what if the court rules….?)

Response:

Insyallah..sebab ini la kalimah suci untuk kami umat islam,,akan kami pertahankan sehingga titisan darah terakhir.

.(god willing, we will defend this holy reference till our last drop of blood)

then screams” takbir.. Allahu Akbar. !! and crowd just reacts and follows the chant .. . with increasing intensity .3x

Journalist:

tapi akan aman atau…?  ( but will it be peaceful?)

Response:

A Guy walks up butts in and declares  …Perang.!!.( war) .then angrily walks off…

and the 1st commenter continues..  tiada sebab untuk pihak  sana dapat..sebab  apa , ini hak kami.. kami yang mengucap .(no reason that side wins, coz this is our right, we do the devotion with the prayer)

launching into the Arabic  prayer phrase  ” Asadulahi………..”   kenapa hak  ini   orang lain perlu dapat.? (why must this right be given to others)

then screams Takbir again..and crowd passionately roars  ” Allahu akhbar” again and again.

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Sounds Like a battle cry..sensing  anger, so much resentment.. not a trace of any patience nor  grace.Or any hope nor  willingness to have a discourse about the issue..

And sure as heck ,a feeling that there is no possibility of reason being accepted into such closed mindsets that will definitely refuse to see  any other perspective but their one and only viewpoint.

No telling what individuals who possess such irrational indignation is capable of if the outcome of the court ruling should be anything else not in their favor !

One only have to contemplate on the behaviour of religious extremism so often portrayed in the media and recent outburst in our very own backyard to look at those responsible for encouraging these groups and ask

“‘ Are you guys sure you know what you are doing? And confident that lines will not be crossed and that the mob mentality can be controlled and kept in check ? “ It just require a few out of control fanatical nutcases for blood to be spilled.”

And fanatical lunatics like these can emerge from either side  without warning , just needing any excuse to use as fuel to  inflame their cause, misguided into thinking that their actions are condoned and they will be hailed as heroes/champions to  their communities.!

We as a society cannot take for granted that we are  civilized and matured enough to feel that scenarios like these will not happen.. There will be other incidents like that of the John Lennon murderer  or Ronald Reagan attempted assasination , type of crazy personality amongst us..

But closer to home , MPs  politicians or public figures can testify to the  ” death threats” or threats to inflict  grievous harm to their families including  children..mostly  by malicious , vindictive ,perverted minds but some of theses mindsets can be dangerous if  provoked into reacting with extremism , which is precisely the point.

How many of these passionate/misguided/perverted mindsets are there in our society that may just carry their threats all the way through if they are spurred on.?

Throw in Religious fanaticism and Racial communalism or Xeno phobia  into this very volatile explosive mix and it will be akin to playing with gunpowder,,if it explodes in their faces , others  in close proximity will not escape unscathed either.

 Playing with Fire is very risky , Flames can easily Rage  Out of Control and Burn our Whole 56 year old House down..

Is this really about the use of the word Allah?

Or seems to be more about  about voicing out against bully tactics, narrow mindedness –  The Establishment’s Authoritarian high handedness  and insensitivity to a minority  community and  respect in handling the issue. The establishment seems to be like acting on behalf of  the marjority segment of our society and forcing their will on the other communities , because  it is felt that their rights supersedes/ overrides all the other communities  and therefore  must be respected. The underlying message is that only they can dictate what is allowed , and that is non-negotiable..!

The concern is that the more one side compromises, the more unreasonable will be other demands  imposed on other aspects of a harmonious society.

Looking  at the demonstration and the state of mind of the demonstrators and the righteous anger perceived , the sense is that it is to intimidate  the minority groups and remind them of their  place..Pummeling them into submission via the vociferous voices of outrage that is clearly the loudest  since it is of the marjority..

It feels like more of a  ” jangan kurang ajar.! ”  message is being transmitted  out to the other minority communities in our multi religious society.  Like a classic Bully stating a message in no uncertain terms , to effect, ” we will beat you up bad if you insist on messing with us  and ask for what we don’t wish to give, Know Your Place.! . Just shut up and live with the Status Quo.!  Or Else.! “

Psychological Mental Bullying or Subtle Tormenting  of a bigger force imposing the Torment onto  a smaller one. the smaller group outnumbered 3 to 1 in figures..

The marjority screaming that the minorities are attempting to “usurp”  their religious / ethnnic  rights  , so , they do the “usurping ” first because they are in the position of power to do so.. How logical is that?

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The Malay Language claiming exclusive ownership to an Arabic word that is not even a Malay word to begin with.  

Seems like Malaysian/ Malay language is claiming exclusive use of an Arabic word which they insist belongs to them because the Arabic term is used to refer to the Almighty God in Malay, , also since the Holy Quranic verses are in Arabic and not Malay, therefore the Malay language should own the Arabic religious phrases and references to the Islamic teachings and Arabic words used for religious references… qualifying the claim that only the Malaysian/ Malay language has rights to use it..?

If they have their way, even native Arabic speaking  Christians and other countries across the world who use similar Arabic terms may be deemed to be offensive to the Malaysian version of Islam if they were to use Allah to refer to the Almighty…it may infer that  these Arabic speakers have been very disrespectful to Malay/Muslims for a long time.
And that is how absurd the whole affair looks to the international community observing as it unfolds.!

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Most people believe that everyone has a degree of wisdom, innate or spiritual wisdom, some have a lot of it, some a little, some almost none .but nonetheless everyone also believes that no matter how much we have, we can always use more of it… 


In religion it is an absolute , either you are wise or you are foolish, time and again we come across descriptions saying the wise person did this or said that and the foolish person did or remarked so and so.

More simply, either you are wise or you are not..
In the religious sense , using wisdom is an imperative command from God , it is not an option but a requirement..

And judging from the responses to this Allah issue . Is it really beyond solution or definitive depiction ?

Is wisdom or foolishness being applied in the response to this highly sensitive issue that can rip apart the fabric of our close- knit society?
Never has there been a more dire need of wisdom to ensure that religious bigotry and racial strife will not be played up to intense xenophohic levels .

Khaled Samad (PAS)  Marina Mahathir (Social activist) ,Yusri Mohamad( Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement )
debate on the  ownership of the word ALLAH at AL Jazeera

Also read.. how-the-allah-issue-started/

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