Monday, April 28, 2008

Shaariibuugiin Altantuya's murder: Father's Emotional Press Conference Statements

Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder case has been in the centre of media attention in Mongolia and SEAsia. Recently her father gave a press conference in KL during which he stated that the Mongolian Government will severe all diplomatic ties with Malaysia should the trial be deemed unfair. Now, I was not very sure he meant that when I read about it in the news. But having watched the press conference, I realize that it is more than just a statement.

The PM of Mongolia has written to the PM of Malaysia a number of times, and have gotten no replies. The Mongolian government mailed the letters and having received no replies, sent an emissary down to Malaysia to hand the letter to the Malaysian government officials. The last letter sent to the Malaysian PM's office from Mongolia was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia. This letter stated that the Mongolian government was prepared to severe all ties with Malaysia in the event of an unfair trial. I don't know how much weight it will bear with the Malaysians.

If you are not a Mongol-speaker and watch the below youtube video in the English translation, the weight of the father's emotional statements will not come through. In the translation, much of the anger and emotion were lost. But I suppose you will see those at the end when the father bangs the table and leaves the press conference, after admonishing the Malaysian government with "How can you do this? Where is your humanity?"