September 12, 2015
Altantuya’s Murder resurfaces–East Asia journalist, Mary Ann Jolley deported
The deportation of an Al Jazeera journalist in the midst of investigative work on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu raises questions as to why the case is so sensitive for Malaysian authorities, Lim Kit Siang said today.
The DAP parliamentary leader said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should be able to stand up to scrutiny from journalists if he was not linked to the Mongolian or her 2006 murder. “Why is the case of the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu so sensitive that Al Jazeera’s current affairs programme 101 East Asia journalist, Mary Ann Jolley, had to be deported when she was doing an investigative piece on the brutal murder?
“Is investigative reporting into Altantuya’s murder strictly out of bounds in Malaysia for any journalist, print or online, local or foreign?” Lim said in a statement. He asked whether Najib would direct the police to re-open investigations into Altantuya’s murder in the wake of the documentary, which aired today on Al Jazeera.
Lim said the documentary provided “new evidence” which might lead to the discovery of the motive behind the killing, but did not elaborate further. Current affairs programme 101 East showed Jolley being escorted by officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on June 14.
“I’m being escorted by about 5 Customs agents and a man in a military outfit, so I’m about to board my flight to Sydney. Clearly I hit a raw nerve,” Jolley said in the programme as she walked to board her flight.
A statement by Al Jazeera said the Home Ministry had deported her as her activity had a “potential negative effect on the image of Malaysia”.
The programme investigates those involved in the Altantuya saga, and asks whether the two men convicted of the murder, Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, were the “fall guys” for others.
In its response, the Malaysian government strongly denied any links between the Mongolian woman and Najib, and dismissed allegations of corruption and kickbacks surrounding the murder as attempts by political opponents to smear him. – September 11, 2015.