Klang, 19/06/2018.
Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (right) shares a light moments with new Selangor Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari (centre) after the sworn-in ceremony at the Alam Shah Palace in Klang.
Picture by : Yusof Mat Isa

Sworn in

Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah chats with Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari (centre) after his swearing in at Istana Alam Shah in Shah Alam. Amirudin’s nomination for the top job in the state received the full support of Pakatan Harapan leaders despite Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad’s claim that he was supposed to be appointed. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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A father’s plea

Setev Shaariibuu could be closer to fi nding closure in the gruesome murder of his daughter Altantuya 12 years ago. The Attorney-General’s Chambers has indicated that it will reopen the case, his lawyers said. Setev also wants the mastermind to be brought to justice.

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Son thinks mother is still alive

KUALA LUMPUR — The youngest son of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu is still unaware of his mother’s death, said his grandfather Dr Setev Shaariibuu.

Shaariibuu told a press conference here yesterday that he had been telling Altanshagai Munkhtulga that his mother was alive.

“For the last 12 years, I have been buying candy for him, saying it is from her,” he was quoted as saying by a news portal.

Altanshagai was only four years old when his mother was murdered and her body blown up with explosives in a jungle clearing outside the city in 2006.

Now 16, he is reported to be disabled and unable to walk after an illness when he was a baby.

His older brother Mungunshagai Bayarjargal, 20, however, knows what happened to their mother.

The portal quoted Shaariibuu as describing Mungunshagai as a sombre individual at home.

“He is very silent at home. He doesn’t talk much. He’ll leave home early and come back late,” he said.

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Lawyer: AG indicates no delay in reopening Altantuya case

PUTRAJAYA — The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has indicated that it will reopen the murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, her father’s lawyer said yesterday.

Ramkarpal Singh, who is representing the late model’s father, Dr Setev Shaariibuu, told a press conference the meeting between Shaariibuu’s legal team and Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas was a “fruitful one”.

“We are optimistic that the issue of motive, and only motive as to who ordered the murder, will proceed and will be investigated further, so that those responsible for the same will be brought to justice,” said Ramkarpal.

“The leads are there to start investigations. I can’t say what they are because it’s too early to do so. But it won’t delay much longer. That was the main message.”

The Bukit Gelugor MP also said he was pleasantly surprised by Thomas, who had already studied the case and was up to date with what had taken place, despite the fact that the murder occurred 12 years ago in 2006.

Ramkarpal said the AG had shown “positive signs” that fresh probes into the case would not be delayed.

“No indication with regard to time frame (for the investigation to start) but the indication was that it won’t be sat upon. It won’t be delayed. It has gone on for 12 years, it is a long outstanding matter,” he said.

“That was the indication he put forward.”

He also said it was unnecessary for one of Altantuya’s convicted killers, Sirul Azhar Umar, to be extradited from Australia.

“I keep repeating, Sirul isn’t necessary to be brought back for investigations to commence on the motive behind the murder,” he said.

“We pressed that on the AG as well and he also agreed because there are other possible leads in Malaysia, which can spark those investigations now.”

Ramkarpal also said that due to the AG’s interest in reopening the case, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was no
longer required.

The inquiry would have been their next step if they failed to get the AGC to begin a new probe.

Shaariibuu, who was present at the press conference, told reporters that he wanted to seek justice for his daughter.

He said he believed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he will be meeting today, is the man who can resolve the case and grant his family and Altantuya justice.

Earlier yesterday, Shaariibuu told a press conference he cared little about Sirul.

“I don’t want to talk about Sirul, or about the death penalty [he faces],” he was quoted saying by a news portal.

“The most important thing is who ordered for this murder… Not Sirul.”

Ramkarpal echoed Shaariibuu’s thought, saying Sirul was not deemed important to reopen the murder investigation, and expressed his confidence that the mastermind will be revealed soon.

Sirul is currently held at an immigration detention centre in Sydney after he absconded to Australia.

He reportedly claimed recently that he never confessed to the murder and said he would not name the parties who allegedly directed the killing.

In 2009, Sirul and Azilah Hadri, formerly with the Special Action Unit, were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in a forest clearing near Shah Alam between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day.

During their trial, it was revealed that the model was shot dead and her body blown up with explosives .

The Court of Appeal acquitted the duo on Aug 23, 2013, but the Federal Court had on Jan 13, 2015 unanimously reversed their acquittal and restored the court order for their mandatory death sentence.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Muhamad Fuzi Harun said last month that police had not found any grounds to reopen the case.

From activist to menteri besar

SHAH ALAM — Amirudin Shari has proven to be an elected representative well-liked by his constituents, having been the Sungai Tua state assemblyman for three terms now.

The 38-year-old leader, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Universiti Putra Malaysia, was an activist who advocated art and culture during his student days from 1999 to 2002.

Amirudin, who was born in Pontian, Johor, joined the Komunite Seni Jalan Telawi (KsJT) before joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as a member in 2004 to enter politics.

He strived hard to be active in politics and started participating in various activities organised by the party. Four years later, he was named as the party’s candidate for the Batu Caves state seat (now renamed Sungai Tua) in the 12th general election.

Even without much political experience, Amirudin, then 28, was able to win the people’s trust. In the maiden electoral contest, he polled a majority of 3,369 votes to defeat T. Mohan of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Azmi Hussain of PAS to win the seat.

The member of the PKR central leadership council described the electoral victory as a boost for him to discharge the responsibility of championing the plight of his constituents.

In the 13th general election in 2014, Amirudin retained the seat and was appointed state executive councillor in charge of Young Generation and Sports Development, Culture and Entrepreneur Development.

He secured a 3,261-vote majority in the three-cornered contest, defeating N. Rawisandran (BN) and G. Suman (independent).

In last month’s general election, Amirudin scored a hattrick by retaining the seat. This time, he secured a majority of 11,374 votes and defeated Rawisandran (BN), Mohamad Ibrahim (PAS) and Badrul Hisam Md Zin (independent).

Amirudin is married to Masdiana Muhammad and they have six children.
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Amirudin gets down to business

SHAH ALAM — Amirudin Shari will press ahead with his duties as the new Selangor menteri besar and will not entertain claims from other touted candidates that he did not have the backing of Pakatan Harapan (PH) to lead the state.

Speaking in a press conference at home after he was sworn in as the 16th Selangor menteri besar yesterday, he said he will leave it to the PKR and PH leaderships to address dissent over
his selection.

“Let the PH leaders provide an explanation, especially from PKR, for that question,” he said, responding to a claim by Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad that the latter was the candidate selected by PH components in the state.

Amirudin, 38, said he has five years to prove his mettle and would implement the projects and plans previously formulated during Azmin’s leadership.

“For now, I will focus on our existing state development plans, which have already been running for a year-and-a-half,” he said, adding he did not wish to disrupt the progress of the programmes and would only make improvements.

Amirudin was sworn in before Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, his consort Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and crown prince Tengku Amir Shah yesterday.

Ten state executive councillors were also sworn in. They included Batu Tiga state assemblyman Rodziah Ismail, Bandar Baru Klang state assemblyman Datuk Teng Chang Khim, Kota Kemuning state assemblyman V. Ganabatirau and Lembah Jaya state assemblyman Haniza Mohamed Talha.

The others are Ng Sze Han (Kinrara), Shahruddin Badaruddin (Seri Setia), Hee Loy Sian (Kajang), Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Seri Serdang), Izham Hashim (Pandan Indah) and Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari (Selat Kelang).

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‘PH unanimous on new Selangor MB’

KLANG — Pakatan Harapan reached a consensus on Amirudin Shari’s selection as Selangor menteri besar, said Datuk Seri Azmin Ali after another touted candidate claimed only the PKR deputy president supported the nomination.

Speaking to the press after Amirudin was sworn in before the Sultan of Selangor yesterday, Azmin said the matter was deliberated at length by PKR.

“The party discussed the matter thoroughly and, with the consensus that we achieved, we believe that YB Amir is the right person to succeed (me),” he said.

“I am confident because I have seen him as a member of the Selangor exco. He has performed well for the people.”

Azmin was responding to an allegation by Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad, who claimed yesterday that he was the candidate chosen by PH to replace Azmin, who left the position to concentrate on his economic affairs portfolio in the federal government.

“I do not want to be drawn into polemics like this, because, like I said earlier, discussions went well and it definitely was with a consensus to ensure the continued development of Selangor,” he added.

Azmin said that he would leave it to PH to deal with Dr Idris.

In a press conference earlier, Dr Idris said he had the full backing of all the component parties under PH for the post.

It was reported that the practising gynaecologist had said his name was one of three proposed for the post, apart from Amirudin and Seri Setia assemblyman Shaharuddin Badaruddin.

However, Dr Idris said despite being disheartened, he will move on and work with anyone.

Meanwhile, PKR leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail rallied behind Amirudin.

PKR de facto leader Anwar tweeted that the issue could be resolved amicably within PH.

“Please support Amir MB as representative of PH,” Anwar tweeted.

A local daily reported that Dr Wan Azizah, who is PKR president, said Selangor has been waiting for a new menteri besar after Azmin was appointed economic affairs minister.

“The former menteri besar cannot handle being a minister as well as a menteri besar, even though he is sad to leave. So let it run smoothly and properly,” she was quoted as saying.

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