Sirul’s new strings


It seems possible that the fugitive from Malaysian justice is being moved by a new puppeteer.

Scott Ng, FMT

Many Malaysians are of the opinion that the Altantuya case failed to dig deeper into some very significant questions. Among those questions is how two highly trained specialists could go rogue.

Now former commando Sirul Azhar Umar seems ready to tell his side of the story.

Sirul, currently held in Villawood immigration detention centre in Australia, has promised that he will reveal the whole truth behind the murder of Altantuya in a 15-minute teleconference with the media this Monday. It seems like he is finally fed up with being played like a puppet on strings by the unknown forces who ordered the murder. What comes out from Sirul’s mouth this coming Monday will likely send some very palpable shockwaves through the Malaysian political sphere.

In fact, we’re already seeing some hint of panic at the highest levels of government, with no less than Prime Minister Najib Razak describing Sirul’s proclamation that he acted under orders as “total rubbish”.

It would be understandable if the Prime Minister showed a little vexation as early reports linked him with both Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya in the early days of the trial, but the vehemence of the language he used seemed a little too dismissive and aggressive considering that he was barely a factor in the case.

It’s likely that Sirul will be truthful as he has nothing left to lose. Should he even manage to escape deportation, life in Australia will not be comfortable with a murder conviction hanging over his head. Given his no-win situation, Sirul benefits most in defeat if he brings down those who used him as a puppet to disguise their unseen hands in the murder.

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