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Country Comparison – Malaysia Versus ‘Republic’ Of Singapore

Reblogged from Mr Syed Akhbar Ali’s blog

I have heard my friend Tan Sri Zainuddin Mydin say many times that he admires Mr Lee Kuan Yew for having built a very successful nation. 1. Singapore is an economic powerhouse. The wealthiest nation on the surface of the earth – in terms of per capita GDP.
2. I believe that Singapore is also on its way to becoming a powerhouse of culture and the arts. Because that is what happens once you are rich. When all your basics are well taken care of, you will have the time, the interest and most importantly the capacity to focus on the finer things in life. 
3. I also think the Singaporeans are beginning to focus some energy on competitive sports. This is one area which did not interest Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He saw no benefit in competitive sports. (I recall reading it in one of his books). But that was his view.
4. My view is that Singapore’s greatest success is in creating a Singapore nation. Singaporeans seem to have a Singaporean identity. It is still a very Chinese centric society but you cannot avoid that – Chinese form 70% of the population. 
5. But the average Singaporean does seem to share many commonalities. There is an ‘average’ Singaporean. I know that the Singaporean Chinese do not identify with Chinese from China or Taiwan. Singaporean Indians definitely do not identify with Indians from India. And Singaporean Malays actually look down on their cousins in Malaysia. And in Singapore even the mamaks are ultra kiasu. Malaysia does not seem to have Nos. 1 to 5 above.  We had a ‘Malaysianness’ during the time of Dr Mahathir. But over the past 12 years this has been going down the hill.  Here is a look at Singapore by some writers. My comments are in blue.
The city-state has a potentially vital role to play in the West’s engagement with Asia.
By Gabriele Giovannini and Emanuele Schibotto
February 19, 2015
When, on August 9, 1965, Singapore became a sovereign state following its expulsion from the Malaysian Federation it was, without any doubt, a poor country. Yet only four decades later, the former British colony boasted the second most competitive economy in the world and a per capita income higher than that of the U.S.OSTB : In the same four decades we almost kept up with Singapore. Then we made some suicidal mistakes. Do read on.
The financial guru Jim Rogers told the CNN in 2012: “I have moved – I have sold my house in New York. I have moved to Asia and my girls speak Mandarin, speak perfect Mandarin … I’m preparing them for the 21st century by knowing Asia and by speaking perfect Mandarin…It’s easier to get rich in Asia than it is in America now. The wind is in your face. The U.S. is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. The largest creditor nations in the world are China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore. The assets are in Asia. You know who the debtors are and where they are. Look at Greece. Look at Spain. I mean, I don’t like saying this. You know, I’m an American, too. But facts are facts.”
But why Singapore and not, for instance, China? What role does the city-state play – and what role will it play – within the so-called Asian Century? What does the country represent for the West in coping with its decline in favor of an emerging East?Professor Kishore Mahbubani explains, “Singapore has been able to exercise regional influence by generating good ideas.For example, Singapore noticed that while there were strong Trans-Atlantic institutions like NATO and OSCE and strong Trans-Pacific institutions like APEC and EAS, there were no strong institutions linking Asia to Europe. This was clearly a missing link. This is why the former Singapore Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, proposed the idea of an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). I was then the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Singapore, and I made several trips to Europe to try and persuade Europe to adopt this idea. Fortunately, France was the first country to support this idea. Since then, ASEM has taken off. ASEM has also established the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore.”

OSTB :  Dr Mahathir took us in the same direction. Despite ‘Buy British Last’ we ended up trading more with Europe, US and UK than ever before. We opened up new areas  of trade with China, Japan and Taiwan. Even Russia became a major business partner. Then after Dr Mahathir left in 2003 the morons ramped up the “pro camel herders” policy.They started courting Arabs who had nothing to offer. The Arabs had no science, no technology, not even proper civilised behaviour to offer us. (If you dont believe me about their lack of civilisation please catch the next flight to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt etc. Buy a one way ticket). As long as it was the Middle East (now expanded to Central Asia)  the morons became excited. The ‘halal’ connection.

The GLCs began courting the Middle East, ‘halal’ tours opened up to the Middle East and Central Asia (To go and see what? Camels?)

Instead of getting closer to Japan, to China, to Europe, to the US, to Singapore where real progress was and is still being made, we surrendered our otak to the Middle East connection. Semua nak jadi Arab.

Now thousands of young students, almost all Malays, are studying in these Allah forsaken sh*t holes in the desert. Learning all types of stupid behaviour and foolish ideologies. 

And all this while what did Singapore do? Singapore got  closer to the real “Islamic countries” ie Europe, expanded trade and business with Japan, China, the US and the rest of the world. 

What did we do? Well our young kids are now volunteering to “jihad” with the ISIS. 

If the Police did not do such a good job of arresting all these confused kids, I think the whole state of Johor or Perak (figuratively speaking only ok, jangan marah) would have left the country for ‘jihad’ in the Middle East.  Lagi senang ‘pendatang’ beli tanah dia. Semua orang dah tak ada dah.

The confused “majority” is now spinning the tale  that that 14 year old girl was on her way to Egypt to get married !!  Ya ke? Kursus kahwin camno? 

Then after that what? Honeymoon under machine gun fire in Syria? Or honeymoon before suicide bombing mission in Iraq?  This community is doomed.

From this line of thinking it emerges quite clearly how Singapore has a potential role that goes well beyond its material capabilities. Nonetheless, the very foundations of its political and social system are closely related to the necessity of being open to the outside world in order both to assure survival and to achieve development. In the view of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, in fact, global interconnection, education (especially English proficiency), and a harmonious society were the three milestones on which a promising future could be built. The policies that were adopted began to show results from the early 1970s, enabling the country to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from leading multinationals such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Hitachi and Siemens.

That was Lee Kuan Yew’s genius. 

But wait a minute, until the early 1980s we also followed this policy entirely. Our education was also in English – no different from Singapore. 

We had a more harmonius society – especially under Dr Mahathir. 

We created the Multi Media Super Corridor – even ahead of Singapore. 

We had strong  economic growth of 8% to 9% year after year after year.  

ALL the multinational corporations around the world either invested in Malaysia or did business here. They came here also because our workforce could meet their expectations and their requirements. 

Well not anymore.  We switched to 100% Malay medium in our schools, our education system went to the dogs, sekolah kebangsaan have become like sekolah agama, sekolah asrama penuh also became the same, religion crept into everything, our Muslim population has become overly sensitive about religion, our country is more polarised,  the productivity of our high school graduates is below Bangladesh, Phillipines and Indonesia (because we have to import millions of Filipinos, Bangladeshis and Indonesians to take up entry level jobs in the economy).  

We are producing high school graduates and university graduates who cannot perform in the real world. Dont believe me?  Here is evidence.  Here is Utusan Malaysia’s headlines for Tues 24 Feb 2015:

To all my Blog readers, you can please start panicking now. This is horrible news. This is not something to be proud about. 

I say brader, ini tak ada kena mengena dengan  sambutan daripada orang ramai untuk berkhidmat dengan Polis lah.  The real fact is sekurang-kurangnya SATU JUTA MANUSIA dalam negara kita tak ada kerja. SATU JUTA MANUSIA sedang menganggur. SATU JUTA MANUSIA tidak ada pilihan lain untuk sara hidup. SATU JUTA manusia mencuba untuk memenuhi 10,000 jawatan kosong PDRM.This is a ratio of 100 : 1. Out of every 100 applicants, only one will get a job. The remaining 99 can become Mat Rempits. 

This is disaster news. This is not good news.

Macam mana pula kalau ada jawatan kosong untuk Postman? Apakah 100,000 calon akan mohon 100 jawatan kosong ?  Garenti semua (atau majoriti besar) bebudak Melayu.  

They can only get jobs in the gomen sector and the GLC sector which is NOT the real economy. 

The gomen sector and the GLC sector can only survive for as long as Petronas can pump oil and gas from the bottom of the sea.  Free money from the oil and gas can sustain the gomen sector and the GLC sector.  

Do you think SATU JUTA applicants will turn up for 10,000 job applications in Singapore?

Mahbubani underlines how this rapid growth couldn’t have taken place without the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew and S. Rajaratnam, whose focus hasn’t been merely on “economic development but also on human development. From day one, Singapore paid attention to the social needs of its people: from housing to health care, from education to the environment. As a result, not only did Singaporeans enjoy rapid economic development, they also enjoyed living in one of the world’s most liveable cities.”

OSTB : Well our human development has not hit rock bottom yet. It is still going down, down and down.  

Our primary and secondary education system was among the best in the world.   Our education system was exactly the same as Singapore. Then we screwed it up. 

Some of you deaf, dumb and blind folks keep asking me : so what is your solution? 

Here is my answer : Just go back to what we had before. Why did you try to fix something that was NOT broken? Why did you replace somethjing that was super par excellent with something else that is so Dunia Ketiga and third rate? Otak tang lutut ke?

Here is a secret folks. Do you know who really determines our education policies? There is a very small, very elite, very stupid but very rich cartel that really determines our education policies. It i$ the $chool text book publisher$. They only publi$h in Malay. The$e are the folk$ with a very very loud voice who can determine our education policie$.

And what is the result of changing our education policies over the past decades?  Here it is : Sejuta calon mohon sertai PDRM. Elok lah tu. Padan muka.

Asian Century

According to Mahbubani, “Most leading minds in the West find it hard to accept this simple but painful historical fact: The last two centuries of Western domination of world history have been a major historical aberration. From the years 1 to 1820, the two largest economies of the world were those of China and India. It was only in the last 200 years that Europe and North America took off. If you look at the past 200 years of world history against the backdrop of the past 2,000 years of world history, the past 200 years have been a historical aberration. All historical aberrations come to a natural end. Therefore, the Asian century is irresistible and unstoppable.”
While in 2009 the (OECD) estimated that North America and Europe accounted for 54 percent of the global middle class, it forecasts that by 2020 this figure will plummet to 32 percent. Meanwhile, the share represented by the Asia-Pacific region will rise from 28 percent to 53 percent, underscoring how global wealth is shifting East.
A Vital Hub
In this perspective, if the continent as a whole is becoming richer and geopolitically ever more important, how does Singapore contribute? Located in the heart of ASEAN, one of the most stable and dynamic sub-regions of Asia, Singapore is a vital hub at the crossroads of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, providing a platform for transport, financial, trading, educational and medical services.OSTB : Well Malaysia is more “hearter” inside ASEAN than Singapore. If Singapore is a vital hub, then we should be the heart of the vital hub. But we are not. We are going backwards.Apart from being blessed by geography, Singapore has built its success on a multilingual, multiethnic, highly skilled and educated society. All these factors are of great relevance in Mahbubani’s view to the country’s potential role within the Asian Century, which could resemble that of London in Europe or New York in America in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.OSTB : Err…I say I think we also have Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks and Kadazans. In fact we have more of them here than in Singapore.  If this multicultutralism has enriched Singapore, how come it is not helping us much?  The Singaporeans have leveraged on their multiculturalism to become rich. Kita pula, sampai bila nak bodoh sombong ? As time passes, we are becoming more ‘exclusive’ – tak nak kawan, tak nak bergaul, tak nak campur, tak nak bersama. Semua tak nak, tak mahu, tak perlu, tak payah dan tak boleh.  
 Moreover, Singapore, with its Chinese, Indian, Islamic and Western citizenship, represents a rich and diverse environment being concurrently the “most Westernized city in Asia, even compared to Tokyo, Seoul or Shanghai” and “the most Asian global city in the world, far more Asian than New York, London or Paris.”OSTB : Takpe. We are moving away from Westernisation. We are moving away from modernisation. 

Instead we have created ‘Ayn Arabia’ in Bukit Bintang for the Arabs to donate their oil money to the Chinese girls (from China) as well as to the Filipino and Thai boys who populate Bukit Bintang.  We have created a center for the Arabs to engage in cross cultural exchange. This is the Middle East connection that we have created. 

And lets not forget the Nigerian black money scammers and the Iranian ecstasy pill smugglers who thrive very well in Malaysia.

As Mahbubani puts it, “[Singapore] is also geographically located within six hours of the major cities in China and India, the biggest powers in Asia. These features make Singapore the ideal crossroads between East and West, and the best choice for an Asian ‘capital’ in the coming Asian century. On balance, I am very optimistic for Singapore’s future because in the first fifty years, we have put together strong physical and human infrastructure that has enabled Singapore to become a key global city on our planet. As the Asian century unfolds, no other city can benefit as much from Asia’s growth as Singapore can. Hence, great times lie ahead for Singapore.”OSTB : Last time I looked at the map, Malaysia is more central than Singapore. So if Singapore can get rich from their geographical location, surely we can do better than Singapore. How? Do exactly what the Singaporeans have done.
At the regional level, even though Singapore can’t be defined as a “regional” power, nonetheless it has nonetheless achieved a high degree of influence.In 1965, the country’s GDP per capita was slightly above $500. Since then it has risen 107-fold and when calculated in purchasing power parity terms the figure today is $65,000, behind only Qatar in the world rankings. And in the last nine years alone, the figure has almost doubled.Moreover, the model offered by Singapore is not one based on economic growth alone, but also on human development. It is the only Asian country to be ranked among the top ten on the UN Human Development Index. As Mahbubani notes, the city-state has achieved these outcomes by applying “the seven pillars of Western wisdom namely: free market economics, science and technology, meritocracy, pragmatism, a culture of peace, the rule of law, and education.Now that other Asian countries are following Singapore in implementing these pillars of Western wisdom, it is not surprising that more and more Asian countries are succeeding.
OSTB : Affirmative action does not mean no meritocracy. Affirmative action can always be married with meritocracy. We have failed miserably in this area.  Our planners have failed miserably to marry affirmative action with meritocracy.  We have messed up free markets. Sampai bila nak guna AP Pak Tuan?  Kalau tak ada AP, harga kereta impot boleh turun sekurang-kurangnya RM45,000.  Proton pula kena potong harga, mungkin Proton Iriz kena jual dengan harga RM12,000. Boleh ke? Tin Milo juga. Not enough Science and technology is being used in peoples’ daily lives. We are not a scientific people yet. Masih percaya ustaz jin, ustaz hantu, ustaz bomoh, ustaz kelapa and all sorts of rubbish.  Rule of law pun dah jadi macam kandang kerbau. Dia boleh buat suka hati. Siapa dia suka tak payah kena hudud. ‘Video itu besi’ dia kata.Siapa dia tak suka boleh kena Akta Hasutan lah, Penal Code lah. Ikut suka hati dia. 

The guiding role of Singapore is visible in the Singapore-led industrial parks in China, such as Suzhou Industry Park and the Tianjin Eco City. It can be fairly said that the country won what former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown famously described as the “global skills race” and thanks to this commendable achievement, especially taking into consideration its starting point, now Singapore’s education system is, as Mahbubani says, “universally admired… Its maths textbooks are used in places as distant as California, South Africa, and the Netherlands. Singapore students have done well in PISA tests and the National University of Singapore (NUS) is now ranked as the top university in all of Asia.”OSTB : Bab Sains dan Matematik pula, dulu kita duduk tepi longkang. Sekarang kita dah hanyut dalam air longkang. In the international  PISA Scores, Malaysia is falling down, down and down. Going down the drain. Here is my prediction : tak lama lagi we will ban the PISA Score people from coming to Malaysia. Or we will refuse to participate in the PISA Score ratings.  Just wait and see.Baru kita boleh syiok sendiri. Baru kita boleh kekal sebagai Jaguh Kampong. Bolehlah kita compare diri kita dengan Basutoland, Bantustan and Lesotho.  Compared to these countries (which do not exist anymore) Malaysia is still champion.  Aiwa ! Aiwa !

Ataupun kita buat Halal Pisa Scores. Only for Islamic countries. Somalia, Yemen, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mauritania, Chad, Boko Haramistan and places like that.  

Moreover, the strategic centrality of Singapore in Asia in all probability will increase even further when the infrastructural interconnection of Southeast Asia with the rest of Asia becomes reality. It is difficult to overstate the relevance of the planned Kunming-Singapore railway project, which will constitute a crucial link between China and Southeast Asian countries. Mahbubani is clear on the advantages offered by this project, observing that, “It is expected to increase regional economic integration and increase China’s economic ties with Southeast Asia. Singapore would benefit enormously from the establishment of this railway. Firstly, the railway will provide a cheap and efficient way for Singapore to acquire resources. Meanwhile, other countries can use it to take better advantage of Singapore’s technical expertise and entrepôt status to earn more gains from trade. Secondly, the railway would enhance Singapore’s status as a logistics hub. Each year, the Port of Singapore has a throughput of more than 550 million tons of cargo. Much of it will continue to travel around the region on ships, but Singapore’s hub status will be further enhanced if some of the cargo can be distributed to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by rail as well. This is why Singapore strongly supports this Singapore-Kunming link.”OSTB : Kalau kita sudah mati akal, tak tahu apa nak buat, just follow what China and Singapore will be doing. If the railway is going from Kunming to Singapore just make sure we build large capacity railway stations, inland ports, railway repair yards, inland container terminals, duty free export zones etc. Ikut saja. Tak payah pikir panjang. And equip our people with the skills, knowledge and training to be part of this process.  Embrace the opportunities. Dont run away from the real world. Buat apa nak susah-susah pergi berjihad di Syria? Wasting your time. Belum tentu pun boleh masuk syurga. Silap haribulan, masuk neraka pun boleh.
Asian Switzerland?
In the coming decades Singapore is poised to take full advantage of one of its other intangible assets: its diplomatic skills and capacities. With the rivalry between the U.S. and China on the rise, Singapore has the potential to work as a broker and cultural facilitator between the two superpowers, a sort of “Asian Switzerland,” as Donato suggests. Donato argues, in fact, that the country could be defined as “less neutral than Switzerland in Europe, but more equidistant.”
OSTB : Bab ini Malaysia lagi hebat. Hamas terrorists are welcome here. Ikhwan terrorists are welcome here. ISIS can freely recruit here. The Jemaah Islamiyah leader lived here for 14 years as a PR.  MORO rebel leaders are welcome here – including the fellow who planned that Lahad Datu attack in 2013. Thai separatists can find refuge here. Aceh rebels can find refuge here. All the world’s bad hats can be found here. We welcome them here. When we broker peace talks between the Moros, they kidnap our people pula. Then we have to pay ransom pula. That is how we conduct ourselves. Macam ini boleh jadi kaya ke?
Clearly, Singapore could be important for the West, especially during periods of economic turbulence. It is worth noting that the first free trade agreement negotiated by the European Union with an ASEAN country has been with Singapore. Now, with the world becoming ever more Asian-centred, the West should accept and accommodate this power shift. In doing so, it should look to Singapore as a potential partner and crucial facilitator – the country that will be at the heart of the Asian century.

OSTB : So Singapore will be at the heart of the Asian century. I believe they will. But where will Malaysia be?  The PM has said that Malaysia should export his Shariah Index to the whole world. I have a suggestion – maybe the Prime Minister can take his Shariah Index and volunteer for that inaugural space mission to Mars that they are planning? You know – get a head start and export the Shariah Index to Mars.  The mission does require Permanent Resident status though, on planet Mars.
Gabriele Giovannini is a PhD Candidate in IR at Northumbria University in Newcastle and was a Visiting Researcher at the ASEAN School of the Yunnan Finance and Economics University. Emanuele Schibotto has a PhD in Geopolitics from Marconi University in Rome. This article was first published in Longitude, the Italian monthly on world affairs.
Syed Akbar Ali

Subliminal Messages of Cherry Picked Statements

Ariff Sabri’s article malicious and seditious

February 27, 2015

Ariff Sabri-RaubBy Azizan Abdullah via e-mail

Raub MP Ariff Sabri recently wrote for his Sakmongkol blog an article with the heading “The Black and White Minstrel Show ended as a huge embarrassment”. It was contentious, malicious and seditious.

Sakmongkol has no qualms about making controversial and unsupported allegations. The article insulted the intelligence of the rakyat in assuming we will “forget about the rising cost of living” and the “diminishing value of income”.

He gave no examples or evidence to substantiate his statement regarding “the financial scandals created by the government, governmental dishonesty, abuse of power, social strife caused by extremists”. He made obvious innuendos about the Bonnie and Clyde couple of Malaysia.

Sak’s bizarre fantasy about Khairy Jamaluddin as the super hero to rescue the PM from his alleged predicament reeks of gutter journalism that stinks to the highest heavens. Can the Prime Minister of a country be saved by a young minister? Certainly, his postulation indicates Sak is losing the plot.

His ludricous theory about how the roadshow will elevate KJ’s relevance disgraces himself for it shows his complete ignorance of how Umno functions, despite being a former Umno member himself.

The way Sak speaks about Tun Dr Mahathir, Abdullah Badawi and others shows how he has put on an omniscient persona, thinking that he alone can direct the political dynamics of this country and he alone understands all the scheming and plotting in the political sphere.

Reading Sak’s rants about the Altantuya and Anwar cases gives readers the impression that he must have had one too many when he wrote this post. He waffles around with his baseless theories and cannot make up his mind as to which issue or character he wants to use as a missile to bomb his enemies – KJ, PM Najib, Altantuya’s murderers or Anwar.

His mindless and disorganised, poorly reasoned and highly sensationalised rants about Anwar serves only one purpose – to stir the rakyat against the government.

Despite the highly seditious nature of his post, Sak has the cheek to question Semut’s Zaparudin if he could understand the nauseating content of his article.

It is inconceivable that an MP like Sak does not understand how his article:

– Deliberately and surreptitiously brings hatred, contempt and disaffection against the administration of justice with regard to the Altantya and Anwar cases;

– Maliciously raises discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang diPertuan Agong or of the ruler of any state;

– Promotes feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of Malaysians; and

– Brazenly insinuates how once the masses have federal power, they don’t need to go before the King to free Anwar.

It appears that only he can object, ridicule and deny anything under the sun.

When he used “awesomely imbecilic” to describe Semut’s police report, me thinks Sak was actually looking at the mirror and talking about himself.





It feels  weird when after reading the article  above , what stood out was not the entire negative assault on YB Ariff  Sabri’s controversial blog posting but some of the statements in the article above that seem to jump out and more  thought provoking than the entirety of the criticising context of the whole article.  .

Whatever spirit the article above was written, if we were to cherry-pick,there are statements that can be selected and prompts one to nod in thought provoking contemplation,

If we can just ignore most of the rest and it can be quite an intriguing read..

Here are some of the “delicious cherries “picked out from the article..that stood out..Subliminally!

(nothing added on or changed to the statements –merely shortened.)………………

1–“the financial scandals created by the government, governmental dishonesty, abuse of power, social strife caused by extremists”.

2-obvious innuendos about the Bonnie and Clyde couple of Malaysia.

3–Khairy Jamaluddin as the super hero to rescue the PM from his alleged predicament . Can the Prime Minister of a country be saved by a young minister? theory about how the roadshow will elevate KJ’s relevance .

4–about Tun Dr Mahathir, Abdullah Badawi and others
the political dynamics of this country and all the scheming and plotting in the political sphere.

5–Sak has the cheek to question Semut’s Zaparudin .When he used “awesomely imbecilic” to describe Semut’s police report………………

6–an MP like Sak – surreptitiously brings disaffection against the administration of justice with regard to the Altantuya and Anwar cases;

7–how once the masses have federal power, they don’t need to go before the King.

8–It appears that he can object to anything under the sun.
Weird sense of contemplation induced , that of the entirety of the condemning statements to YB Ariff . These statements stood out and can be “stand alone” viewpoints  – and ironically , seem to be messages that strikes a chord in mindsets of many on a “SUBLIMINAL” level.

Mindsets see what they want to see and block out everything else. “Perceptual narrowing” is another term for it.


Khairy Jamaludin aka KJ and Ahmad Shafee Road show about Anwar.

Khairy had pledged that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) will organize the nationwide roadshow with Shafee to “justify” the Federal Court’s February 10 decision against Anwar.

“Now that the case is over, do you expect us, as a political party, to keep quiet?” Khairy asked some 300 people, at a dialogue in Petaling Jaya, on allegations of a political conspiracy against the Opposition. “We kept quiet all these years because the matter being in court was subjudice and we didn’t want to be cited for contempt of court.”

Full article



KJ..for all his posturing and show-offish ness of being some intellectual who actually uses his “smarts” in his political organization, where the stable  are not really reknowned for  brilliant critical thinking and problem solving – that is  if they use their minds to think at all- Eeeeer ..oh ..(analytical thoughts of good governance,that is ) since mostly have consistently transmitted  an impression most of them as  merely capable of-  using  a quarter capacity of  mind thinking ability.

But still the idea of this road show , it re-enforces the impression of KJ of being just another “chameleon” or ” Lallang” that bends with wherever the wind blows.. And that it comes from mindsets that are  pandering , rubbery, slick ,perhaps vindictive and a tiny touch of wickedness bordering on sadistic glee ?

How else to describe when KJ chose to associate himself and descend to the level of the Ahmad Shafee and the planned roadshow circus ,that just strengthens public perception from some quarters ,that it is  to gloat on and downgrade/humiliate the honor and integrity of one who has already suffered the indignity of imprisonment and now will have to suffer that indignity all over again.

It just have a sense of macabre twist to many.In good conscience and decency,nobody celebrates the misfortunes of another,no matter how what the stakes are and screams triumph at the expense of further antagonising the already frustrated or outraged sentiments of millions.

The timing for putting on the roadshow sucks!

Its just stoking the fire of those infuriated emotions and counter productive.,And whatever the intentions of the roadshow, it will have negative backlash, and seen as Gloating.

So much for KJ’s  cultivated persona of a cultured and highly educated refined intellectual . And with entrenched intrinsic values of some noble Malay gentleman. Educated with the best of western and the Malay values with wisdom and tactfulness to match..

Does KJ have his personal lines of decency that he doesn’t cross ?  How far has his goalpost shifted?

Wonder if KJ realises his past statements and stand on issues /controversies reflects back  a lot on the public perception of his character and principles as an individual. And his  stand on national contentious issues.? There seem to be  none!

Apart from rare instances, where his position is commendable.

Most times ,he has a tendency to –

take the safest neutral middle ground with bland statements , or launched into rhetorical partisan diatribe.

He seems to have absorbed a lot of characteristics from his current boss..especially in regards to the former of above sentence.

And if few years ago , many eyed him as “one  potential and pedigree to ascend all the way”

Well, it’s just as well , after few  years of KJ in the political limelight ,the traits he has and how he plays the the political field can be observed and deduced.

And  the public can form a opinion whether such individual qualities are good PM material.t



Altantuya Revisited.

The murder case that will not go away:

In  a brief Nutshell…events   that actually took place 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.


Note to ponder: Operative word “Blackmail” she chosed to used – giving it a sinister and suspicious connotation with the Scorpene submarines purchase scandal and commisions to be paid out worth millions of Euros as backdrop.And suggesting she is privy to a lot more “shady “info or arrangements not many know about.



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.



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  how Altantuya was killed :



The police cautioned statement above translated into english : 

On 19th  November 2006 I was asked by the investigating officer K/ASP Tony Anak Lunggan to record the statement of a Malay inmate

named Sirul Azhar Bin Haji Omar Kp RF 125591.

The inmate was then brought to me and I ordered the release of his handcuffs.

I then interviewed the inmate who appeared to be proficient in Malay. I also found the inmate in good health.

I then read out the warning under Section 113(1)(a)(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code to the inmate as follows;-



S. Do you understand the warning that has been read and explained to you?

J. Yes I understand.

S. Do you have any questions about the warning?

J. No.

S. Do you want to give a statement?

J. Yes I want to give a statement.

S. What do you want to tell me?

J. As a member of the Special Action Unit (UTK) on an undetermined date 5 or 6 days before the incident on 19thOctober 2006

while I was in my office I received a telephone call from Tuan Azilah (Azilah) the officer above me requesting that I meet him in Central market. I could not meet him at the time because I was together with Tuan Khairy as his driver.

At that time, I was driving Tuan Khairy to deliver hampers in Selayang and Batu Caves. On my way to there roughly after 12 noon I received another call from Azilah who asked me where I was and I told Azilah I may be late coming back as I was assisting an officer and I replied I would call him back after completing my duties.

At around 3.00pm, after dropping off the officer at the office in Bukit Aman, Azilah telephoned me again and told me to meet him in Central Market.

At about 3.15pm I met Azilah at Central Market. He instructed me to observe Malaya Hotel where the woman who was disturbing the businessman [sic] stayed. Azilah also informed me there were three women staying in a room on the 8th floor, the number of which I am unable to recollect.

After that I went together with Azilah in my car, a Satria bearing registration number WEA 4717 to look for Malaya Hotel.

On the way there, Azilah talked about a reward of between RM50,000 and RM100,000 if the case was settled. Azilah and I however failed to locate the hotel after circling the area many times.

After failing to locate the hotel, Azilah and I returned to Central Market and while we were there, Azilah asked an artist at Central Market for directions to Malaya Hotel.

The artist, who was Malay, drew a plan of the location of Malaya Hotel.

After that Azilah and I walked towards Malaya Hotel. We reached Malaya Hotel at 4.00pm.

When we arrived at Malaya Hotel, Azilah invited me to go to the 8th floor of the hotel. After we reached the 8thfloor Azilah showed me the room that was occupied by the woman who was disturbing Razak.

While on the 8th floor, Azilah asked me to “shoot to kill” all three women in the hotel room and asked that I stay in any one of the rooms on the 8th or 7th floor or any other floor with all lodging expenses borne by Azilah.

I informed Azilah that I would not be able to do it because of the presence of CCTV (closed circuit television cameras).

Personal note:

(Phew ..! When CCTV saved the lives of 2 innocent ladies with Altantuya: Or there would have been 3 murders instead of one. Wonder if the ladies realised how narrowly they escaped being murdered,in their hotel  room because of the CCTV)


After that Azilah and I took the stairs to the 7th floor to find a suitable room to stay. After looking at the room, I found it to be unsuitable and Azilah and I returned to Central Market.

Upon arriving at Central Market, Azilah ordered me to use my car and drive to Razak’s residence to observe the residence. At about 4.30pm Azilah and I were driving when Azilah pointed Razak’s residence to me.

I then drove my car and reached a petrol station near the Puduraya area. Azilah filled the petrol tank with RM30 worth of petrol. After filling the petrol, Azilah and I drove back to Razak’s residence in Damansara Heights.

After observing Razak’s residence, Azilah and I returned to Central Market to enable Azilah to get his car.

After dropping Azilah at Central Market I went to the UTK office in Bukit Aman. After that I did not contact Azilah again.

On 19th October 2006 at about 8.30pm while I was at home in Kota Damansara, Azilah contacted me via his mobile phone and asked me to go to Razak’s house immediately. Azilah also mentioned there was a Chinese woman who was causing a commotion in front of Razak’s house.

I was ready at about 8.40pm and drove my jeep bearing registration number CAC 1883 towards Razak’s house in Damansara Heights.

Upon arriving in Damansara Heights, I stopped my jeep a distance away from Razak’s house. After parking my jeep, I walked towards the entrance of Razak’s house.

When I arrived in front of Razak’s house I saw Azilah together with a Malay woman in front of the house. There was a car and Azilah was outside the car and the Malay woman was inside the car.

I saw a Chinese woman talking to an Indian man whom I did not recognize and also a Chinese taxi driver who was seated inside the taxi and security guards inside Razak’s house.

I then entered the car which was a red Proton Wira and sat in the passenger’s seat. While I was seated in the car, I saw Azilah persuading the Chinese woman with the help of the Malay woman to sit in the same red Proton Wira Aeroback where I was seated.

The Chinese woman entered the car and sat behind me while the Malay woman also entered the car and sat behind Azilah who was in the driver’s seat.

While Azilah, the Chinese woman, the Malay woman and I were seated in the car, the Chinese taxi driver came and asked for the taxi fare from the Chinese woman. Azilah gave him RM50 but the Chinese man demanded an additional RM150 because he said he had to make several trips. Azilah then gave the Chinese man RM100.

After that Azilah drove the Wira car towards my jeep. Upon reaching my jeep, I alighted from the car and drove my jeep out of Damansara Heights towards Kuala Lumpur. During the journey, Azilah called and said we would have to transfer the Chinese woman to my jeep and said that we should look for a spot.

When I arrived at Jalan Duta I stopped my jeep by the side of the road and got down from the jeep and I asked Azilah whether the spot was suitable to do the transfer. Azilah replied that it was not suitable and suggested Bukit Aman instead.

I then went ahead to Bukit Aman followed by Azilah closely behind and arrived at Bukit Aman at about 10.00pm.

Upon reaching Bukit Aman, I stopped my car at the back of the Bukit Aman officers’ mess and Azilah together with the Malay woman brought the Chinese woman to my jeep. I noticed the woman was refusing to get in while being pushed into the back of my jeep.

After the Chinese woman got into my jeep, Azilah entered my jeep and sat in the passenger seat. I drove out of Bukit Aman followed by the red Proton Aeroback which was driven by the Malay woman.

I could no longer see the red Proton Aeroback driven by the Malay woman once we had passed the entrance to Bukit Aman.

Along the journey, Azilah asked me to find a place to “shoot to kill” the Chinese woman. Before arriving at Jalan Duta I noticed the back left tyre of my jeep was punctured. I drove through the Smart Tag lane at the toll booth and stopped on the left hand side of the road to change the tyre.

While I was changing the tyre, I noticed two Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers on duty but I continued to change the tyre with Azilah’s help.

After changing the tyre, I drove to my house in Kota Damansara to take the explosives that I had kept there. After taking the explosives I got into the jeep and drove to Sungai Buloh and Kuala Selangor before arriving at the Punchak Alam forest reserve at about 11.00pm.

At the Punchak Alam forest reserve as I was bringing the jeep to a stop, I felt a pain in my stomach and got out of the jeep and relieved myself (defecated) not far away from the jeep. After I had relieved myself, I went back into the jeep and at the same time I saw Azilah outside the jeep carrying a bag containing an M5 weapon and silencer from the jeep that was located at the foot rest of the passenger seat and gave it to me ordering me to “shoot to kill” the Chinese woman who was inside the jeep.

After asking for the Chinese woman’s articles, the Chinese woman surrendered her jewellery. She then asked to be allowed to urinate. Azilah brought her down from the jeep and I saw the Chinese woman urinating by the side of the jeep.

After urinating, she saw the weapon that I was holding. I saw that she was in a state of fear and she pleaded not to kill her and said she was expecting.

At the same time, Azilah wrestled the woman to the ground and I could see that she had fallen and was in an unconscious state. I opened fire towards the left side of the woman’s head.

After the Chinese woman was shot, Azilah removed all her clothes and I took a black garbage bag and Azilah put all the Chinese woman’s clothes into the bag.

After putting all her clothes into the bag, Azilah noticed movements in the Chinese woman’s arm and ordered me to fire another shot but the gun did not fire. I then emptied the weapon and loaded the gun again and fired another shot at the same area which was the left side of the woman’s head. I then took a black plastic garbage bag and with Azilah’s help put the bag over the Chinese woman’s head to prevent blood from spilling.

After that I lifted the hands of the victim while Azilah lifted the legs of the victim and we carried the victim into the woods. Azilah then carried the bag containing the explosives and handed it to me. I took the explosives and attached it to the victim’s head while Azilah attached the explosives on the victim’s legs up to the abdomen.

Azilah then pulled the long wire towards the jeep and I altered the position of the jeep so that it faced away from the woods and drove the jeep about 15 meters from the victim.

After the detonation of the explosives, I pulled the excess wire into the jeep and left the scene and headed towards Bukit Aman.

Azilah and I arrived at Bukit Aman at approximately 12 midnight. At the UTK office, Azilah handed me approximately RM430. After that I had a bath and changed clothes and put the clothes that I wore during the incident together with the victim’s clothes into a plastic bag.

After that, I entered the jeep and drove the jeep to a rubbish container in the Bukit Aman area near a construction site. I threw some of the victim’s belongings and the wire that was used to detonate the explosives together with the empty bag that contained the explosives into the container.

After throwing the things, I drove the jeep out of Bukit Aman and head towards my house in Kota Damansara. I threw the victim’s clothes and my own clothes along the way to my house.

I arrived at home at about 1.00am and to lay down to rest and slept. After that I did not have any contact with Azilah until I was sent back from Pakistan and was arrested.

S. To whom did the MP5 weapon and silencer belong to?

J. The weapon belonged to the UTK Bukit Aman and was for my use.

S. What do you mean by the word “jimat”?

J. Jimat means “shoot to kill”.

S. Are you telling the truth.

J. Yes it is the truth.

The statement was read back to Sirul Azhar Bin Haji Omar KPT/Paspot RF 125591.

S. Do you wish to make any amendments or additions to your statement after the statement has been read to you?

J. No

S. Are you giving this statement voluntarily?

J. Yes

The recording of the statement ended on 9th November 2006 at 1635 hrs.

 English Translated statement sourced from =sirul-azhar-statement




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  charged with abetting the murder.


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.

Full transcipt of the SD above can be viewed at the link below:


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.


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.

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 ,the PM’s spouse , 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 (latest events )

Sirul Azhar, the former police commando who was convicted for the murder of Altantuya, 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 current Inspector General of Police Khalid.

The opposition has asked Najib to explain why he was asserting 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/



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. 


Raja Petra Kamarudin



  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.



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.

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And there is  added perspective on the reasons to implicate Najib on the Altantuya murder ,RPK posted  that it was  to attempt to prevent his ascendancy to the premiership that Tengku Razali may have a better unobstructed opportunity at becoming PM… See-  Altantuya and the Ku Li connection

Perspectives -Then And Now-PM Najib interview from 2008 -In the space of mere few years.


This Interview took place in August 2008:

Najib admitted the accusation that he was linked to the Mongolian woman (Altantuya Shaarribuu) had damaged his reputation but he said the accusation remains an accusation as there is no proof against him.

The Sun

DEPUTY Barisan Nasional president and Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak says Umno is willing to change and will discuss various issues with BN component parties in order to reach a consensus with them.

He says Umno will not ignore the feelings of other component parties just because it is the dominant party of the coalition.


The deputy prime minister told the Chinese dailies which interviewed him in parliament last Thursday this when told that Umno’s partners in BN, in the wake of the March 8 general election, felt that BN as well as Umno have to change.

He said it is very unfortunate that there are still some people in Umno who continue to play up race issues.

But he stressed it is not BN’s policy and the remarks and acts of certain hardline Umno members are not representative of Umno.

“We don’t play race issues, we are a party which talks about fairness and justice.

“Some people belong to the hardline. If you want to judge a party, you have to look at the party’s policies and plans.

“We keep reminding them (the hardliners) not to utter remarks that will create uneasiness among races. Unfortunately, there are still a minority who go overboard in their remarks. But these are their personal remarks, which do not represent Umno’sstand,” he said.

During the interview, the deputy prime minister delved into a number of subjects:

On becoming PM in 2010

Najib said he does not see any reason why BN cannot continue to govern and as long as BN continues to govern and Umno carries out its succession plan, he is confident he will become the next prime minister.

He said although there are a lot of negative rumours about him, he believes that one day the truth will come out, to quash all the rumours.

“I am not worried about these rumours. What (Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) uses to attack me, such as the Mongolian woman incident, the Port Dickson incident 10 years ago, are malicious and created. They make personal attacks but cannot produce proof. I believe the public will one day see the truth.”

He said if Anwar makes his way into parliament, he will not be the only target of Anwar’s attacks as the latter’s target is the whole BN government.

“But clearly, Anwar sees me as his greatest threat,” Najib added.

The Port Dickson incident

Najib said the alleged incident, as brought up lately by Anwar, in which he was the alleged actor “did not happen at all”.

He said there is no truth to it and he is not worried.

He said his wife, Rosmah Mansor, had laughed off the rumour.

“If it really happened, my wife would have killed me 10 years ago,” he quipped.

“I was not even in Port Dickson. Why should I be afraid? Why should something which allegedly happened 10 years ago be brought up only now? He (Anwar) really knows how to make up stories.”

The Mongolian woman

Najib admitted the accusation that he was linked to the Mongolian woman (Altantuya Shaarribuu) had damaged his reputation but he said the accusation remains an accusation as there is no proof against him.

“Because they have no proof, they doctored a picture to show I was with the Mongolian woman. Clearly, it is a doctored picture and crudely done.”

He said Umno members believed he is innocent.

“I have explained to them, as well as sworn in the name of Allah Almighty, that I have never seen this Mongolian woman. It is a serious matter to swear like that in Islam.”

Chinese’s requests

Najib said some Malays indeed felt the Chinese have asked for too much over the issues of education and government scholarships.

But he stressed that it is the view of just a section of the people who do not represent the majority of the public or the government.

They are not in the government, he said.

“We will continue to listen to the voices of the Chinese, and to understand their wishes. We have made some adjustments after the March 8 general election.”

Defender of Chinese education

“I am a defender of Chinese primary school education. I have often reminded the Chinese voters that in 1996, during my tenure as education minister, I abolished section 21 (2) of the Education Act 1961, to ensure the perpetual existence of Chinese primary schools,” said Najib.

On MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s request that the government undertake 100% the construction of six primary schools approved prior to the general election, Najib said MCA, Gerakan and the Education Ministry will meet to find “creative ways” to build the schools.

He also said as long as the government can afford it, more Chinese schools will be built.

Permatiang Pauh by-election

Najib admitted that the Permatang Pauh by-election is the toughest battle he has come across.

He said in the past by-elections, BN had the upper hand, and although it was at a disadvantage in the Pengkalang Pasir by-election, BN still emerged victorious.

“I will not tell you our chances but we will try out best,” he said.

Asked if a poor show by BN in the coming by-election would affect his political future, Najib replied in the negative, saying what BN adopts is collective shouldering of responsibility.


Anwar Ibrahim verdict -Check and Balance – Malaysian Judiciary. A Bastion of the 3 branches of Governance.

Check and balance, of the esteemed revered judiciary.” A bastion of the 3 branches of Governance”.

Our judiciary cannot afford a perception of vulnerability.  It must be seen as truly “stand alone” independent.

Although the maxim “can’t please all the people all the time” ring true in the Anwar verdict but the fact is that, our Judiciary should not even try to please anyone at all.

Innocence or guilt must be established following the letter of the law.

Not by instinctive sentiment or rumors or unsubstantiated populist public perception

So much meticulous detail and reverence was expended to charter the constitutional -laws to govern the new nation of Malaysia. Our founding forefathers desired the spirit of justice and fairness inherent in the laws that shelters law abiding citizens from all communities and dispenses justice to whomsoever deviates.

And it will be sacro-sanct not to respect that spirit – and dispense Judgment not in lieu of equal justice for all based on in-disputable evidence from all relevant perspectives (physical and circumstantial) and to extend “benefit of doubt” if there arise credible evidence of tampering or inconsistencies in testimonies, that serves to cloud a trial rather than re-enforce a case for prosecution or defense.

And of course, in good conscience and principles, our Judiciary should not issue judgments for the sake of “Expediency “or bow to pressure for a decision – “in favor of” .


The Anwar verdict and different streams of thinking

Seems to be different lines of thinking/opinions on the verdict,

1..It was a set-up from day one ,all lies fabricated to make sure Anwar’s threat is neutralize by a criminal     conviction that essentially disqualifies him from participating in politics . A political conspiracy of the highest order. And judgment was a “foregone conclusion”

2…Haters and lovers of DSAI, who takes it to the very personal level. They are mindsets who will believe 100% of whatever is informed to them – without question – on both extremes, depending on which camp they are from.  Absolutely convinced of the guilt or innocence, without doubt.

3…And then the ones who ascribe to logic and reason, making conclusions on facts brought forth… and actually with more room to maneuver in their personal determination than the courts.

Since they can deduce from the combination of circumstantial, physical, character and background testimonies, and form a personal  interpretation  , or opinion from the collective pool of evidence , without burden  to convict or acquit , which is the unenviable conclusion the Judges need to make in the courtroom. And many from this section, have issues with the trial and questions the justice process that culminated in the verdict  .

The Morality Dimension-No Dilemma There.  

And one point for contemplation is what is being delicately and very subtly inferred /insinuated into the collective psyche of the people and not screamed out for public consumption is …..

The dimension of morality that seems to have been cautiously  suppressed for now. In a society where homosexuality is frowned upon, yet a very public lynching of DSAI regarding his sexual orientation, that boiled in full steam few years ago ,seems to have been left to simmer , perhaps in a pressure cooker.

Although it is definitively one of the undercurrents steaming and won’t require much to find a vent / valve to release that steamy pressure out to public again.

In many Malaysian mindsets following developments of the trial, it is as if, whatever Anwar’s sexual orientation is, it is irrelevant.

For that is in the domain of the court of public opinion to judge, although somehow in a subtle way, the inference is ever present in the back of minds during the trial.

Interference of the Executive?

More significant is of the Executive interference in the due process of the Judiciary or perhaps the perception of that interference- that is shaping thoughts and opinions of the public in general.

And it’s seriously significant because, the sense of outrage and frustration of the people has not yet ebb.

The sense and emotional trauma of millions feeling cheated out of an Election, so amateurishly blatant, that it verges on insulting intelligence.

An analogy to describe the emotional sense of scarring- may be like…

”  Feeling like experiencing and witnessing a crime happening to one personally, but the perp gives you a smirk and middle finger-because he knows no matter how  loud are the protest and screams  to the law, nonetheless,  for a fact , the perp knows he  will get away with it and there will be  “ No Crime Commited”  “No Further Action” . According to the authorities, due to some loophole in the laws.

And then the constant bombardment of contentious race/religious themes post GE from NGOs and the consistency of “strong arm” reminders from law enforcement agency, in acting against “seditious “elements”.


Predictable response of people

In any ostensible “democracy”, citizens will have tendencies to predictably react against any perceived arbitrary authoritarian or iron handed actions imposed on what is felt to be their democratic rights under siege.

Unless they can recognize the rationale or wisdom of the actions via discourse /consultation, albeit begrudgingly, and not suspiciously bulldozed into their psyches without warning or consideration of the public sentiments.


No Surprise – The Response of Public and Media

Is it any wonder, that the reaction from a large segment of the Malaysian public and some Media towards the verdict is based on suspicions of interference from the Executive branch of Government?

And the mass outraged sentiment from allegations of “Injustice” perpetuated or that it is “politically motivated.”


It is a small spurt from a very real pent-up sentiment of the people, that collectively has the potential to break embankments and rush in to flood and drown.

Our PM has used the word “Tsunami” before. So he should know the destructiveness of “waves” of shifting support.

So if he is familiar with the story of the Dutch boy, using his fingers to plug the leak in the dyke, he really ought to start looking out for the leaks and plug them.

Before it becomes a torrent of tidal wave proportions.


A Compromised Judiciary?

There has been an impression that the judiciary has been compromised, that had started from the “Mahathir” era…

Tun Haji Mohamed Salleh bin Abas. Former Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia was dismissed from his post during the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis.

An action internationally criticized and widely considered to be the event that began a marked reduction in the independence of the Malaysian judiciary.

Unfortunately, the confidence of the public has not been fully restored. Although, indeed there have been moments where our esteemed judges have exemplified the spirit of “Wisdom and Justice” in the written judgments that leaves no doubt of the integrity and nobility of the institution that serves no one but Lady Justice. There is still a lot of ground to cover to regain the lost confidence and reverence for the institution.  Public confidence and conviction that the judicial institution is truly independent not easily swayed by undue influence from the Executive branch.

Deterrence ,the first line of defence for an  efficient trustworthy administration.  

So crucial for the functioning of an efficient and accountable and transparent government, because of the fear of cause and effect, actions and consequence of abuse, misuse of power and mal-practice of senior influential people in powerful positions or low ranking officials. Corruption is the uglier word.

Our secular laws and sacred constitution must not bow to anyone/parties, irrespective of power/influence they wield. That fear of consequence is an effective “first line “deterrent to mindsets that may be vulnerable to greed.

A very opaque and sturdy wall must be erected to partition the Judiciary and the Executive. For merely knowing that regardless of how wealthy /  powerful /  influential  one is , or  rise to be in government or private sector .

An awareness that the  power/influence  is nullified  in our justice system – thus  personal wealth or social status nor powerful portfolio is an automatic pre emptive condition ,and  cannot be wielded to influence the laws of our country nor sway  those appointed and entrusted to the task of  upholding and dispense justice written down in our constitution..

When even our revered institution of Royalty has drafted their own version of rules to abide by their own Royal fraternity.-.What more us common folk who look upon the laws as an uncompromising protector of our rights and justice, but if seen as selectively wielded, it crushes hope and good faith of ordinary citizens.


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