Photo: A very rush handshake.
Altantuya’s dad, Setev Shaariibuu, was in Parliament today. He waited half a day to meet with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Najib Tun Razak.
He did manage to meet Abdullah after lunch at the Parliament entrance. Shaariibuu was about to leave when Abdullah emerged. The dad went straight to meet him and shook his hands. He said he was Shaariibuu from Mongolia.
A surprised Abdullah said “Hello. How are you?”
Before Shaariibuu could reply, Abdullah walked away. To be fair, he was rushing to attend the afternoon session of the swearing in ceremony of the new MPs.
But I felt the least he could do is exchange some words and say words of condolences to Shaariibuu for the loss of his daughter. But alas!
After him, Shariibuu waited for Najib, but the later was no where to be seen.
But a few minutes later, Khairy Jamaluddin, Abdullah’s son-in-law emerged.
Shaariibuu managed to shake hands with him. He introduced himself again. Khairy replied “I know”.
Then Shaariibuu told him that he was waiting to see Abdullah, to which Khairy reply “Oh, really”.
He later told Shaariibuu he was attending a meeting and would catch up with him later.
After Khairy, Shaariibuu was again waiting for Najib. But we heard he had left the premises. Oh, Najib, where are you?
Ps. Shariibuu’s lawyer Karpal Singh said he had informed Abdullah that Shaariibuu had waited to meet him. The PM replied that he was VERY busy. What a shame!
I met Susan Loone, Dr. Setev Shaariibuu and his lawyer, Mijiddorj Munkhsharuul last evening (7.15pm) at one of the new restuarants in Bangsar Village, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Our meeting was brief because he had to rush to Kuala Lumpur International Airport to take a flight via Inchon, South Korea to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Raja Petra and his wife, Marina and their lovely daughter were there too.
From our conversation, I was able to learn firsthand how he felt losing his daughter, Altantuya who would have been 30 years old on April 28. I could see the strain on his face of having to bear this terrible loss, and the responsibility of taking care of his sickly grandson, and his family.
I told him that Malaysian public is very concerned as evidenced by their reactions to Raja Petra’s “No Holds Barred” piece which carried on http://www.malaysia-today.net just two days ago. He replied that the Malaysian public should be kept informed about the case and his own plight since the mainstream media is not doing so.
I told Dr.Shaariibuu that I was aware of the situation and some civil society organisations and bloggers are sympathetic to his plight, but we all have to be careful because there is an ongoing trial and we should not do anything that can regarded as “sub judice”, or be in contempt of the Courts.
After hearing her lawyer’s translation of my comment, Dr. Shaariibuu looked at me and smiled. I felt for a moment that we did not connect. Understandably so, here I was talking about some legal mambo jumbo, and he was concerned about getting a fair trial, and justice for Altantuya. —Din Merican