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Mongolian-Murder-Mystery Series: Mention tomorrow December 14, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.

Susan Loone, who has been filing very illuminating reports (read and weep, ‘you-know-who’ — this is proper investigative journalism!) regarding the deceased, Ms. Altantuya Shariibuu on her blog. She’s been in touch with some of the women’s organisations there and has unearthed an incredible amount of information.

Some of these new facts that have emerged, came from Undarya, a representative of the Women’s groups in Mongolia, who told Susan via email, which I am reproducing below:-

“1. No, I did not know the victim personally. Info I have is directly from her family, especially her father. He has a lot of supporting documents. It is clear his daughter had never worked as a model. In fact she was too short to be a model. She worked mainly as an interpreter and translator and performed some secretarial/personal assistant duties to Mr. Baginda. Her father reported she interpreted and assisted the submarine deal in Europe.

2. Her father found the parcel with soaps and accompanying documents bearing Adbul Razak Baginda’s name. The evidence has now been sent to Malaysia with official Mongolian government representative and lawyer representing civil society and Mr. Shaariibuu.

3. Mr. Shaariibuu, the Honorary Consul and some other related people found out that Altantuya and her companions’ entry records were erased when Mr. Shaariibuu was returning with the remaining Mongolian woman. The Malaysian immigration refused to let the young woman through the control b/c they claimed she had entered illegally as her records are not in the computer. Upon examination, it was reveled that the records of entry of Altantuya and her companions had been erased. It is suspected that the killers of Altantuya were planning to do away with her companions as well so as not to leave any witnesses.”

Susan startled me about half hour ago, informing me that there’s a Mongolian lawyer in Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Budragchaa Bayar, who is conducting a watching brief on behalf of the family and the NGOs. The late Altantuya’s father is said to be rather ill and hospitalised, thus he’s not able to fly to Malaysia.

Mr. Bayar was informed that he would be received by Consul staff at the airport, but when he arrived, no one was present. Two Mongolian journalists who were also sent to KL, were received instead.

Susan and Mongolian activists became worried for his safety, thus a SOS email was dispatched, with Mr. Bayar’s cellphone number. Apparently Mr. Bayar has some vital evidence with him. Thus, it would not be too far-fetched to assume something is amiss here.

Now, it was sheer luck that I’m on the internet at this wee hours of the morning. I called the number given and woke Mr. Bayar. He had checked himself in a proper hotel at his own expense, although his initial instinct was to wander around the city – not a good idea at all, considering Malaysians now have a reputation of blowing Mongolians up with plastic C4 explosives.

The poor man was supposed to have been briefed by the Consul, which didn’t happen, of course. In the end, I had to break to him the news that tomorrow will be procedural – just a mention – to set the actual trial dates.

I also walked him through the process of getting recognised by the Shah Alam High Court (He didn’t even know which court and what time the mention is scheduled).

Hopefully, something good will come out of the whole trial. The amount of intrigue and political undertones, it is no doubt the trial of the century.

(And … Susan dear, buy lottery!)



1. lhbmscit - December 17, 2006

Can someone please tell me:–
(1) Why on earth does Ab Razak Baginda need a Mongolian interpreter for the submarine deal in Europe? Don’t tell me the French and Spaniards speak only Mongolian and not English? You might as well hire an African Bushman to serve as an interpreter to the penguins in Antartica.
(2) How can the records of entry of Altantuya and her companions had been erased? Surely their passports had been stamped with the date and place of entry when they first arrived in KL. And their passports had not been stolen or tampered with.

2. monsterball - January 14, 2007

This case and few others will be the test for Pak Lah’s leadership and his promise to voters.

3. undergrad2 - January 21, 2007

It’s not difficult to figure. Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris (Champ de Lysee? World’s foremost shopping centre), favourite for the well heeled among the rags to richest ! He went on a shopping spree – and for what??

It’s obvious someone spreads her legs.

4. Wiseguy - January 29, 2007

The woman interpreted Russian into English for Mr Baginda and his buddies during the negotiations for purchase of submarines from the Kremlin. Comprende?

African Bushmen? Same problem arises when a Malaysian moron opens his mouth.

Gee whizz.

5. maxwell - February 22, 2007


once upon a time, there is a country who buys arms through a middleman.
usually arms transaction are government to government deals.
but this particular country buys arms through middleman.
buying goods through middleman is always costly, as the middleman will want a cut.

so how are you going to justify buying a helicopter or a submarine or a tank at a price higher than say pakistan is buying.

the trick that the country employs is this: get the seller to make modifications on the helicopter or submarine or tank to justify the higher costs of payment.

so modifications are made. but a helicopter, aircraft, tank,…is not like your motor bike or car that you can simply modify…

if certain modifications are made, the model made not function properly…that is why there are accidents reported concerning aircrafts and helicopters imported.

purchasing arms though a middleman would definitely require you to have an interpreter.
purchasing arms via government to government channels is simpler and there is no need for an interpreter.

6. maxwell - February 22, 2007

going through an interpreter is never easy. i.e the intrepreter may know too much-i.e. the modifications of the helicopters, aircrafts, submarines..and their subsequent malfunctioning…

well this is just a tale how some countries buy arms and the risk involved in going through an interpreter and middleman.

7. maxwell - February 26, 2007

there is a island somewhere in the andaman sea… the government of a certain country in the asia pacific always have an armaments exhibition there….to confuse people, it is actually called sometime like the air and maritimes exhibition….

it was in this island that i met many contractors from kl. i asked them what they were doing there and it was then that i found out that they work for a middle-man..they get the commission..

how i love this country! u can save your energy criticising. criticisms are not well accepted. criricisms can easily cause embarrassment.

so u let them do whatever they want and u just pray hard.

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