7 YRS ON, Altantuya's bigwig killers stay elusive to the law but we all know who they are!
Despite a detailed
confession of pre-meditated murder from Sirul Azhar bin Haji Umar (IC
No: RF12559) recorded in Police Report No: 7380/06 on 9 November 2006 at
1635 hrs by Inspector Nom Phot a/l Prack Dit, the Court of Appeal on
August 23rd this year decided to let both Sirul Azhar and his instigator
Capt. Azilah Hadri walk free.
It has been established that Capt. Azilah Hadri was from the elite
UTK (Special Operations Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police) and had
served as personal bodyguard to then defence minister and deputy prime
minister Najib Razak. He was summoned by Najib’s ADC and security chief,
DSP Musa Safri, after Abdul Razak Baginda reported to his close friend
and biggest client Najib Razak, that he was being harassed relentlessly
by a very determined Mongolian woman demanding her share of a RM540
million kickback from a top secret French submarine deal.
Sirul Azhar stated in his police statement that he was recruited by
Azilah to assist in “taking care” of a nuisance named Aminah alias
Altantuya Shaariibuu. He even added that a cash reward of RM50,000
–100,000 was involved. I doubt Sirul knew who had made the offer, and
even if he did, whatever name he mentioned would have been deleted from
his statement by police officers eager to protect the VVIPs in Umno
Baru. 'Taken care' of at least 6 others!
third accused in the gruesome murder trial was Abdul Razak Baginda who
submitted a sworn affidavit to the effect that he had briefed Capt.
Azilah Hadri on the problem of Altantuya.
Razak Baginda said Capt. Azilah had assured him he was quite up to
the task, even boasting that he had previously “taken care” of at least
Nobody in their right mind would confess to cold-blooded murder -
more so when the victim is unknown to them and happens to be a pretty
woman given the brush-off by some well-heeled and politically connected
casanova. Altantuya was obviously not a hardcore criminal. Who would
have had the heart to shoot her twice in the head point blank even as
she was pleading for her life – and that of her unborn child? Whatever
crime she might have committed, blackmail for example, she deserved her
day in court. Every policeman knows that – or should in any case.
However, Capt. Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar weren’t ordinary cops.
They were commandos with the UTK, trained as crack sharpshooters and
willing to carry out orders without question. Whose orders? Surely they
would not obey Abdul Razak Baginda – a mere civilian, albeit one with
political clout? The orders had to come from a superior police officer,
in this instance Najib Razak’s ADC, former DSP Musa Safri, who has since
been promoted and transferred to a different state. Political masters must take the ultimate responsibility
was Musa Safri never called as a witness during the trial, which ran a
record 159 days? He was security chief and ADC to Najib Razak and Rosmah
Mansor. Whatever action he took would have been at their behest, in the
interest of their personal security. DSP Musa Safri was clearly a loyal
servant to his political masters. They are ones who must accept
ultimate responsibility for the actions of their loyal servants –
particularly if these actions involved abduction and cold-blooded
murder, topped by the use of military-grade plastic explosives to
destroy evidence of a dead body carrying an unborn child.
We must not forget that somebody in the Immigration Department
deliberately deleted from the computer database all entry records of
Altantuya Shaariibuu and her companions. Who would have the authority to
order such a criminal act? In October 2006 when the drama unfolded the
Ministry of Home Affairs (which controls the Immigration Department) had
recently been restructured and, although Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad was
nominally in charge, it was a period of confusion without clear lines of
There must be someone very high in the power hierarchy to accomplish
these grievous misdeeds without a hitch (almost). Who does all the
evidence point to? Who is the common denominator in this complex web of
intrigue? Was Rosmah really not at the scene? Or was she?
Razak Baginda had friends in powerful places but maintained a
relatively low public profile. He had little to lose except his
reputation if his sordid affair with Altantuya became public knowledge -
apart from facing the wrath of his wife, Mazlinda Makhzan (a director
in the company involved with the submarine deal). Even if this scandal
resulted in an investigation by the MACC, it would have been a routine
matter to get the case closed after the excitement had subsided.
Same goes for the uniformed personnel involved in the case. Musa
Safri may have been guilty of abetting a serious crime, but as a typical
Malay police officer whose loyalty to his Tuan Besar superseded his
duty as a public servant, he would have received a measure of sympathy
had he confessed his role and cleared the path for justice to be served.
Capt. Azilah and Sirul were clearly implicated, via Sirul’s confession
as well as the detailed statutory declaration signed by private
investigator Balasubramaniam a/l Perumal. However, their role was
essentially to carry out somebody else’s dirty work.
In a statutory declaration signed on 18 June 2008 by Raja Petra
Kamarudin, the controversial blogger and editor of newsportal Malaysia
Today better known as RPK, several others were implicated in the
sensational murder. Indeed, RPK’s declaration revealed that Najib’s
ambitious wife Rosmah Mansor may have been at the murder scene, along
with two high-ranking officers attached to the defence ministry’s
engineering corps, Lt Kol, Azbdul Aziz Buyong and his wife Lt Kol.
Norhayati Hassan, both experts in the use of C4 explosives. RPK claimed
he had been given this shocking information by a senior Military
RPK subsequently retracted his statutory declaration in April 2011 in
a heavily edited interview with TV3, a government-friendly station,
explaining that he cannot be certain if what he heard was actually true.
His excuse was that he felt it was his duty as a citizen to make public
what he had been told in confidence. Others saw it as a clue that RPK
might have been instigated into filing his June 2008 declaration by
factions focused on derailing Najib Razak’s prime ministerial
aspirations. Who has been leaking the info?
Umno Baru there are many who would like to see Najib Razak and his
influential wife removed from the game – and the Altantuya scandal
serves as the perfect weapon.
Three names immediately spring to mind: Mahathir Mohamad, whose
primary goal is to ensure that his youngest son, Mukhriz, eventually
becomes prime minister; Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who has been eyeing the
PM’s post since the mid-1980s; and Muhyiddin Yassin, Najib’s deputy,
who certainly wouldn’t mind a shot at taking over as Top Gun.
While an in-depth inquiry into the Altantuya murder would have
revealed the fact that the Scorpene submarine scam was first mooted in
2002, during Mahathir’s tenure, Najib Razak would definitely be
implicated as he was then Mahathir’s defence minister.
Abdul Razak Baginda, according to P.I. Bala’s explosive statutory
declaration of 3 July 2008, had been introduced to Altantuya Shaariibuu
by his buddy Najib Razak at a diamond expo in Singapore. In an unguarded
moment, Razak Baginda had confided to his private eye that Najib could
not afford a major scandal after being appointed deputy prime minister,
only one step from the top. So he wanted Razak Baginda to take over the
role of sugar daddy to his high-maintenance Mongolian paramour.
It is public knowledge that Najib Razak has always had an eye for
beautiful women. This weakness is every public figure’s Achilles’ Heel –
especially in a political jungle acrawl with hidden predators and a
culture supercharged with hypocrisy and false piety. Intrigue
With such colossal amounts of money involved, Umno Baru qualifies as a hotbed of intrigue.
Parry and thrust, bribery and threat, playing one faction against
another – these are par for the course in our benighted political
milieu. Nobody wants to risk losing everything, so marriages of
convenience, cynical pragmatism, and political trade-offs become the
norm. Who cares about the truth? It’s all a matter of perception anyhow,
and that’s where the professional spin-doctors come in. Who cares about
justice? It can be bought and sold if you have deep pockets.
Umno Baru has sunk up to its tall songkok in a quagmire of deceit and a conspiracy of silence.
While some may be happy to see Najib and Rosmah brought down and
taken off the game board, there are others who fear losing power
completely in the event of an ugly leadership tussle. They would rather
serve a tainted leader who can offer them perks – than a clean one who
might immediately sack them for incompetence and greed. A country that closes an eye to MURDER
so, seven years after her cruel and unnecessary death at the hands of
ruthless mobsters posing as the government of Malaysia, Altantuya
Shaariibuu’s ghost has yet to be appeased.
The deafening silence surrounding this nightmarish episode reveals a
conspiracy at the highest levels of power – and the entire Barisan
Nasional federal government is, in fact, guilty of complicity in
Since the government is supposed to represent the whole nation, every
Malaysian will suffer the same curse – until we reclaim our collective
conscience and our pride as citizens of a nation gone horribly wrong.
Is that what we deserve after 56 years of nationhood – to be seen as a
gigantic crime syndicate of congenital liars, hypocrites, thieves,
rapists, and murderers? Malaysia Chronicle