Malaysian officials interviewed about Altantuya’s case

When Mongolian daily newspapers took interviews from some Malaysian officials who were attending the 19th annual meeting of Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum held in Ulaanbaatar, reporters asked what positions they have on Mongolian citizen Sh. Altantuya’s murder case.
On January 26, Odriin Sonin Daily published an interview with Mr. Abu Zahar Ujang, President of the Senate, Parliament of Malaysia. In the interview, he said he does not want to talk about the case. “The Malaysian Parliament considers that the case must be resolved in a transparent, just and legal manner. I do not want to talk about Sh. Altantuya’s case. 
I do not have any right to take part in any issue which is being investigated and resolved in according to the law. Everyone who commits crimes will be sentenced under the law.” To the question: It has been two years that ambassador of his country did not present a Letter of Credence and the Mongolian Honorary Consulate  was closed last June, does the case cause bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries, and what does he think about it as President of the Senate?
He answered, “I can prove that there is not any matter in bilateral relations. Diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Malaysia are going normal.”
On January 26, Onoodor Daily published another interview with a Malaysian Lawyer and MP Yusmadi Yusoff. Mr. Yusmadi Yusoff said that Malaysians must beg apologies from the Mongolian people. He said, “I was not yet a Member of Parliament when the case occurred. At the political party level, we perceive this case as number one, a case which the government must give priority because it involves the name of a very high office, the Prime Minister.
This case is not completed and is still pending appeal in high court. I must say clearly that I did not say he is guilty yet. Because I believe in the rule of law, even my rule of law in Malaysia still can be a question. I believe it must be given the highest priority. It also involves the good name of our police department because the two were accused from the elite squad of the police. So, I believe whoever responsible must be brought to justice and must be given a serious punishment. When you say why there is no “Maaf (Sorry)”, I see not only we must say “Maaf”. For me we also have to take very serious responsibility because I know that Malaysia and Mongolia had no problem before that. So I believe we have to maintain that good relationship. We have to say “Maaf” to not only Mongolian people but to the whole world in order to clean the name of Malaysia and its people. It also must find the guilty people and punish them seriously. I will demand justice from the Malaysian government and court. Believe me. I will convey your messages to our Prime Minister. If I have a chance to meet with Mr. Shaariibuu, the father of Altantuya, I assure you I will say sorry to him and other families of Altantuya. I personally say “Sorry” to the Mongolian people from the bottom of my heart. And I hope justice will decide in favor of the family and whoever responsible will be punished.”
To the question: What would the reactions of Malaysian government be and law enforcement agencies if a Malaysian woman is killed like Altantuya in Mongolia? He answered, “I cannot speak on behalf of the Government of Malaysia because I am an opposition member. I am also a lawyer, a human rights lawyer. As a lawyer, and as far as I am concerned, the law is blind of race and the country of origin. For me, I want to quickly clear the name because I don’t want my country be named the country of people, what we say ‘very cruel’. That is my concern for my country.” In the end of interview, he was asked whether he is afraid that there might be some pressure from authorities after this interview when he comes back to his. He answeredthat may be, but I have nothing to be afraid of.
 source: 'The Mongol Messenger' newspaper


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