Sunday, May 04, 2008

Please remember Nurin Jazlin & Preeshena Varshiny as you do Altantuyaa Shaariibuu

Extracts from Wikipedia:

Nurin Jazlin binti Jazimin, an eight-year old Malaysian girl reported missing after she had gone to a wet market located near her house in Section 1, Wangsa Maju to buy a hair clip on the night of August 20, 2007. She was last seen being dragged into a white van which the police were able to determine by enhancing footage caught on a CCTV installed nearby. […]

The nature of her brutal torture and eventual death at the hands of an unknown assailant, suspected to be a psychopath killer, sparked outrage throughout the country. Malaysian media and Internet blogs have been filled with anger and disbelief in reaction to the case and the murder is widely considered to be "the country's most horrifying crime in years". The case also led to a statement by Prime Minister about the possibility of publicizing the list of convicted child sex offenders.

Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan initially suggested that he would investigate whether Nurin Jazlin's parents had been negligent, an offence which could lead to charges under Section 33 of the Child Act 2001. The suggestion provoked public outcry, most prominently from Lee Lam Thye, chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation, who responded that punishing the parents further would be unfair.

Last year I penned a wee cry of pain for her in
Remembering Nurin Jazlin Jazimin at my other blog ktemoc komposes.

malaysiakini photo

Following my question about the sincerity of certain sources in making much (unnatural) ado over the Altantuyaa’s case a la '50 Dalil mengapa ...", in stark contrast to those sources' relative silence over the murder cases of Nurin Jazlin and the other unfortunate Malaysian, Preeshena Varshiny, I decided last night to read again my humble dirge to Nurin and Preeshena.

Though I still remember her and Preeshena as sad victims of shameful unsolved cases, I was a wee startled when I read the third paragraph of my dirge for Nurin, because I had written the poem more than 6 months ago and couldn't remember exactly what I had written in that 40-line piece. I submit the 3rd paragraph as follows:

I am only eight years old
Will you remember me as
You’d Altantuyaa Shaariibuu
Not a glamorous beauty
No high profile case in me
Just a neighbourhood kid
I have never been abroad
To France or European cities
Just local Wangsa Maju
An innocent child, no more

(1) Remembering Preeshena Varshiny


  1. KTemoc,
    You are probably not aware of this (maklumlah Oz-guy 4,000 km away)

    but there was a specific approach from PKR officers to Nurin's family whether they needed any assistance. The constituency her family lives is now represented by a PKR MP.

    The family's request is the same appeal for anyone who has information about the case to contact the police.

    They do not wish to have the tragedy of their daughter to be politicised.

    Can you respect that please ?

  2. kk46, you do not speak on behalf of Nurin's family. Also, it's a bit rich for a PKR person like you to tell people not to exploit the tragedy of a murder victim.

  3. There is a hell of a big difference in the Nurin & Preeshena cases compared to the Altantuyaa murder case. In the former, both were murdered by unknown sex perverts yet to be apprehended. Thus, more publicity is given to the latter case because her killers had been caught, and as it turned out, they are connected to the holders of the highest office of the land. Imagine a murder case connected to secret service personal bodyguards of George Bush and his wife Laura and you will see why such interest is given.

  4. hi kaytee;
    anwar had wanted to meet with mr shariibuu last year in June but the mongolian consul to malaysia, datuk abdul rahman did not allow him, and shariibuu himself was not sure of meeting anwar at that time as he was still very new to malaysia. also he came as a witness then, unlike this time, a free man. so the interest of pkr to raise the altantuya's issue was not only now i suppose.

    during his visit this time, shariibuu agreed to meet with anwar; and also with many other people, like raja petra, for example. he went to parliament too, because as the case was postponed time and again, he needed to do something about it, than just sit around in the hotel, waiting for his flight back to mongolia.

    since anwar was in sarawak, he agreed to meet with azizah first. later when anwar returned from sarawak, he met up with shariibuu and that was how everything fell into place.

    personally, i think the more people support or highlight the case, the better, whatever their political affiliation. the same goes, i hope, for other mysterious missing or murder cases, like the ones you mentioned.


  5. anoymous @ 7:03 PM, May 04, 2008 is right you can't compare the two cases. they're both sad, but fortunately one is done with a big bang while unfortunately the others were discreet.