Hours before Malaysia goes to the polls tomorrow, the father of murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu has reached out to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad along with a message for all Malaysians.
In a brief message to the Pakatan Harapan chairperson, Dr Setev Shaariibuu hoped that Malaysians would be able to find freedom and justice in this bitterly-fought election.
“Malaysia people, please remember Altantuya in the election,” Setev said in the message sighted by Malaysiakini.
“If Malaysian people make a wrong choice, you may all lose, like this murder (of his daughter Altantuya),” he added.
Accompanying the three-sentence message, which was signed by Setev, was a photo of the retired university lecturer with the Malaysian flag.
Mahathir is contesting the Langkawi parliamentary seat, and if Harapan seizes Putrajaya from BN, the nonagenarian would return as prime minister.
When contacted through his lawyer in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, Setev said he would like the new government, which will be formed after Wednesday’s polls, to take his civil case against the federal government seriously.
“She was murdered 12 years ago but there is still no resolution in her case. How long must we wait?” Shaariibuu said.
“Also, May 6 was her birthday. She would be 40 if she were alive today.
“Since her birthday coincides with Malaysia’s election campaign, I’d like to send a message to all good citizens in the country – please do not forget Altantuya, vote wisely!” he said.
On May 2, Putrajaya filed a motion for leave at the Federal Court to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to reinstate the government as a defendant in the suit filed by Setev and the family of the late Altantuya, who was murdered on Oct 19, 2006.
RM100 million suit
According to the family’s lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, the family would have to file an affidavit in reply to the motion by June 6.
The Shah Alam High Court had in August last year allowed the government to strike out the application by the family, citing “no reasonable cause of action.”
However, a three-member appellate court bench led by Justice Mohd Zawawi Mohd Salleh unanimously reversed the High Court decision and allowed the family’s appeal.
They ruled that there are triable issues and the government was reinstated in the RM100 million suit.
Setev and Altantuya’s two children, Mungunshagai Bayarjargal and Altanshagai Munkhtulga, filed the civil suit in 2007.
Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhaar Umar, who were convicted for the murder of Altantuya, and the government, were named as defendants in the suit.
Altantuya was murdered in October 2006 at a secluded forest in Puncak Alam, near Shah Alam. Azilah and Sirul were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Federal Court in 2015.
However, Sirul fled to Australia before the verdict by the Federal Court was delivered.
He was arrested by the Australian authorities and still remains in the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney. – Malaysiakini