Saturday, September 29, 2007


Chronology of events in murder of Nurin Jazlin

KUALA LUMPUR: Within a fortnight of eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin being found dead, the police last night arrested five people, one of them a woman, to help in the investigation into the girl’s murder..
The five, aged between 27 and 33 years, were held in separate raids in Shah Alam, Selangor, following a public tip-off.
The disappearance of Nurin Jazlin on Aug 20 had tugged at the heartstrings of Malaysians as they felt deeply the agony her parents must have gone through in their unrelenting search for their daughter.
However, their prayers that Nurin Jazlin would be found safe did not materialize. Instead, her parents’ worst fears came true when the child was found sexually savaged and brutally murdered.
DNA tests on the body ot a naked girl found stuffed in a sports bag in Petaling Jaya on Sept 17 confirmed that the girl was Nurin Jazlin.
A post-mortem revealed that the murderer had inserted a brinjal and a cucumber into her private parts, forcing the rupture of her rectum. The resulting infection had led to her death.
Nurin Jazlin, a Primary Two pupil of Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Desa Setapak, was reported missing after having gone on her own to a night market near her home in Section 1, Wangsa Maju, here.
Her gruesome murder, one of the worst in the country’s history, shocked Malaysians, and they called on the police to bring the murderer or murderers to justice quickly.
The parents could not positively identify Nurin when they were first called in on Monday.
The girl’s body was reduced to skin and bones and there were bruise marks on her neck, suggesting strangulation.
Following is the chronology of events in the case which also drew worldwide attention:
Aug 20 - Nurin Jazlin’s parents file a missing person report when their daughter fails to return home after going to the night market near her home.
The girl’s father, Jazimin Abd Jalil, appeals to the Press to help locate Nurin Jazlin, saying he is worried because his daughter, who has a kidney ailment, might not have access to the medication she needs to take regularly.
Aug 27- Nurin Jazlin’s mother, Norazian Bistaman, pours her heart out to the Press for the first time in appea1ing for help to locate her daughter.
Aug28- Police classify the case as kidnapping.
Aug29 - A witness comes forward claiming to have seen Nurin Jazlin being bundled into a white van on the night of her disappearance (Aug 20). Some 30t) members of the police, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), City Hall personnel and Rukun Tetangga (neighbourhood watch patrol) members join a large-scale operation to search for the girl in Wangsa Maju, Sentul, Kepong, Jinjang and Setapak.
Sept 3 - Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan appeals to the public to assist in the search because of a lack of leads.
Sept 5 - Various groups, including. 1,000 Federal Territory Umno Youth members on motorcycles, paste posters of Nurin Jazlin in the city while Perisi (a welfare association of former Military Intelligence Corps personnel based in Penang) mobiises its members to help in the search.
Sept 13 - Nurin Jazlin’s family begins the Ramadan (fasting month) for the first time without the girl.
Sept 14 - It’s been 26 days since Nurin Jazlin went missing and the reward for information to help trace her rises to RM26,000 with various groups coming up with cash, including RM3,000 from the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).
Sept 17 - The naked body of a cirl is tund stufd in a sports bag at a shoplot in Jalan PJSl/48, Taman Petaling Utama, Petaling Jaya.
The girl, aged between six and nine, has bruise marks on her neck and lacerations on her legs.
Nurin Jazlin’s parents, when called to determine if the girl is their daughter, say she is not Nurin Jazlin.
Police take blood samples from them for DNA compatibility tests.
Sept 19 - Police begin the search for a mystery woman captured on the closed—circuit television CcCV) camera installed at the shoplot where the body of the girl was found.
The woman, attired in a red Tshirt and blue ieans. was recorded wandering aimlessly outside the shop before boarding a silver Perodua Kancil car driven by another person.
Sept 20 - Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed confirms that the DNA test results show that the girl found in the abandoned sports bag is Nurin Jazlin.
Sept21 - Jazimin, who had been adamant that the girl found in the sports bag is not Nurin Jazlin, comes to terms with the death of his daughter and claims her body from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary at 11.15 am.
Nurin Jazlin is buried after Friday prayers at the Wangsa Maju Muslim cemetery.
Police set up a Sexual Abuse and Child Investigation Unit to beef up police efficiency in handling cases related to child abuse and domestic violence.
Bukit Aman CID Director Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee heads a special team to investigate the brutal murder.
Sept 27 - Police turn to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for help to solve the murder.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan says the FBI will help study the blurred images of the closed-circuit television recording related to the case.
Sept 28 - CID Director Wan announces the arrest of four men and a woman in separate raids in Shah Alam last night to assist in the police probe into the murder of Nurin Jalin.
He says the arrests of the five, aged between 27 and 33 years, were made following a public tip-off.
The four men are remanded for a week from Friday. The woman was released. -



The year was 1984. It was my first year of fasting. It was mid way through the end of Ramadhan. I was waiting for Mama to pick me up from school. The time was around 5.30pm almost two hours before the break of fast. During the fasting month, school ends a lot earlier.

Mama has always been the exemplary mother who is always punctual in picking up her children from school. But that one day, things got really weird. I was walking out of the main school gate passing through all those pakcik selling illegal roti ban, ice-cream 20 sen and other highly intoxicated with sugar junk food. I could not see Mama. I waited for ten minutes, for twenty minutes for over half an hour. She was not there. Situation become a bit quiet and it became darker. I had no coins to call using the public phone mainly because I stopped by the illegal Pakciks to get a Kum Kum snack. I know its puasa but I never eat them anyway, its for the stupid toys. There were a few kids still loitering around. I was already a bit teresak-esak in my newly ‘kapur’ed BM2000. I was worried and was really sad mainly because it was the fasting month and I was really tired and Mama wasn’t there. What actually happened?

Dengan menangis teresak-esak, I decided to walk back home. My school and the house were quite far away, at least for a 9 year old. Well technically its in two whole states. My house was in Taman Tun, KL and my school was Damansara Utama which is in Selangor okay. I cried…who said big boys don’t cry. I was walking home alone…menangis teresak-esak, teresak-esak…teresak-esak…and then choking kinda sedu-sedan.It was sad.

In my mind it was ‘kenapalah mama aku buat macam ni?...dia tak sayang aku ke? dahlah aku first time puasa…… dahlah bapak tak dak.. Sniff…sniff…..snortttttttttt…sniff..sniff…..’

As I was passing through Pinggir Zaaba, just after the Petronas station, I saw Mama’s Peugeot 504 car (which actually was made as a vintage car in a local act music video…hee hee). She stopped the car…she saw me….she apologized…I felt sooooo relieved….soooo annngggrryyyyy…but sooooo lega……I threw a tantrum, at the age of nine!!!! What? Did you forget you have a son?? Dah lupa kah kat chek?...

But Mama had a reason. One reason why she was late that can never be topped by any other lateness excuses. Our neighbours house, selang sebuah caught fire. The whole house was ruined. The fire hydrant was placed right in front of my house and the fire truck blocked the entrance. Takkan lah Mama wanted to go to these firemen and say ‘ excuse me boleh tak ubah trak…saya nak ambik anak saya balik sekolah…’ Mama had an excuse which I cannot be angry too. I was in awe that a house was burned down next to mine. Tak boleh nak imagine.

I remembered how a lot of people thought that the house affected was ours because it took place a year after arwah bapak passed away. The story line was more menyayat hati for the suburbian housewives ..."kesianny janda tu...baru aje laki dia meninggal, anak pun kecik-kecik lagi....dah rumah dia pulak terbakar...kesian". Alhamdulilah I was very bersyukur it did not happen to us. But I deeply symphatized with Uncle Hassan and Aunty Bedah and my friends Hisham and Haizam because it was their house and Raya was just around the corner.

On my way back home, I saw the house..or what used to be a house. It was so badly damaged and I was really sad to see that happen. Mama took me to the aircond room and ask me to stay put. She did not turn on the television because I was easily influenced by all those food commercial and demand to buka puasa. We stayed put until waktu berbuka. Mama had her arms around me, securing me giving me strength not to break my fast. When it was time for berbuka…I drank and drank and drank….

Adik cakap he was telling this story to my nephew and nieces on how their Pak Ngah survived puasa with the rumah neighbour terbakar. My story is being used to avoid the kids from wanting to buka puasa.. role model okay!! Of couse the latest version of the story includes their Pak Ngah struggled through the burning house and saved the mother and child and three little kittens (for my Petunia and Tiger Lily).....thanks Adik for telling the kids that story....with me being so far away in this foreign land, it is so nice that you are reminding them about me…...sigh…My Pak Ngah ...the hero...


Al-Fatihah to Nurin Jazlin. Semoga roh beliau dicucuri rahmat...

Posted by EDDY PURNAMA SPARROW at 10:51 PM


PENAMPANG: Sino Kadazandusuns are considered as Bumiputeras because of their ancestors, said Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) President, Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
And, an official from Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB) branch here yesterday confirmed that Sino-Kadazans keen on investing in its investment schemes would be accepted as long as they could show the Native Certificate or Sijil Anak Negeri to prove their Bumiputera status.
Pairin said this issue should not be overlooked and the Government at this point of time is re-looking the freeze on the issuance of the Native - Certificate (Sijil Anak Negeri) which
was imposed decades ago. He said a committee on the issue had been formed by the local authorities but they had not finalised their meetings.
“I believe a proposed Enactment has been drafted. Logically, when you talk of Sino-Kadazandusuns, they are included in the definition of the natives, subject to the distance of the
definition of the law,” he told reporters when attending the breaking of fasting with PBS Youth Exco members at Krisna Fish Head Curry Restaurant at Millennium Square in Penampang on last Thursday evening.
Also present were PBS Youth Exco Chief, Jahid Jahim, two PBS deputy presidents, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai and Datuk AK Aluddin Pengiran MohdTahir, PBS vice president, Dr Chong Eng Leong and PBS Women Chief, Datin Jamilah Sulaiman.
Pairin, who is PBS president and Deputy Chief Minister, said as soon as the committee calls for a meeting, the issue of the Native Certificate would be raised and its re-issuance discussed.
Pairin was asked to comment on calls made by various quarters, including Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Pasok, to look into the problems and difficulties faced by Sino-Kadazans regarding their Bumiputera status’.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has said the State Government would study thoroughly the issue before considering lifting the 23-year-old freeze on the issuance of the certificate to prevent abuse as was the case in the past.
“A careful study is needed before the State Government can make a decision to lift the freeze order on Native Certificates,” he said.
While he did not discount the possibility of lifting the freeze order, which was imposed in 1984, Musa stressed that the Government needs to “look at it carefully”.
The Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS) meanwhile has expressed full support for the State Government’s intention to look into the freeze on the Native Certificate.


KINABALU: Kina Balu , Aki Nabalu, or Ki Nabalu?
Written by Lesaya Sorudim
Monday, 02 May 2005
Lately we were proud to have Sabah Parks where our Great Mount Kinabalu is standing to have it declared as a World Heritage Site. Naturally this exposes our beloved mountain to the whole wide world. And of course many writers would portray the mountain in their writing in various aspects especially on how the mountain got its name. The mode of information provided depended so much on what they want the readers to know. Some would write according to legends handed down from their fore parents. Others would write 'conveniently' base on the name of the mountain itself. I too was not spared with tales, which I heard from my late grand mother. There were also stories told to us by our teachers in the early sixties, which I now realized to be a combination, so many different stories put together to make the story interesting.

One story that I believe was largely influenced by the Chinese was the theory that Kinabalu originated from two words 'Kina' and 'Balu.' Even older folks in my village was telling this same story when we were kids. It was said that an ancient Chinese seafarer once landed in Sabah and upon seeing the mountain set off to reach it from where he landed. The Local people call him Kina. It was said that in every mountain, there is a precious stone and it was for this reason that the adventurer wanted to climb the mountain. He resided in one of the villages at the foot of the mountain waiting for the right moment to begin his ascent to the mountain.

While at the village, he befriended a Dusun maiden and married her. He finally was able to scale the mountain, retrieve the precious stone and return to China promising his young bride that he would return for her. When he did not, the young bride thought he had died in the ocean and decided to scale the mountain to join his spirit. She too never came back. My grandma said that if I ever scaled the mountain to the top, I would see a rock resembling a women in a seated position facing east. "That" I remember her saying, "is the statue of the Chinese Widow." Unfortunately, each time I am on top of the mountain, I always forget to look for that stone.

However, this story provided us with the theory that the mountain got its name from the word Kina Balu meaning Chinese Widow (or rather the Widow of the China Man).

The other and more widely written is the theory that Kinabalu got its name from the Kadazandusun word 'Aki Nabalu' meaning Grand Pa Nabalu. We have more or less generally accepted the belief that Nabalu means 'place of the dead'. However, older people along the Kadamaian and Tuaran rivers told me that 'Nabalu' actually means 'spirit of the dead.'

The Kadazandusuns who were perhaps more superstitious than any other tribe in Sabah have also inherited much of other Asians' culture who are all brought up to be polite to anyone and anything. Anyone older than them is called uncle (Amai/Aman) or auntie (Inai/Inan) and those who are much older a grandpa (Aki) or grandma (odu) regardless of whether they are related or otherwise.

Similarly, their fear of the unseen world and unseen beings have got them to call anything fearsome as 'aki' or 'odu.' Living thing such as crocodile which is widely believed to be an incarnation of someone spirits is usually refered to a 'odu'. Failing to do so will spiit which is residing in the crocodile.

A huge pampang (rock) may be said to be haunted and we are never to point our finger at them nor called them unnecessarily. So it's no surprising if you were with a group of older folks and passing by a big rock that looks like its haunted and you suddenly hear somebody, silently but audibly say 'Aki, potolibo po yahai." (Grandpa, let us pass through.)

Thus, Aki Nabalu is one common way among Kadazandusun to call the Mountain and that's how, probably, the mountain got its name. But is it? Lets look at it another way.

Sometime back, I read with interest an article that was written by someone whose name I can't remember. When this particular writer make a connection with other names such as 'Kinarut' meaning 'Chinese Road' and 'Kinabatangan' meaning 'Chinese River,' he also attempted to make people believe that 'Kinabalu' indeed is 'Chinese Widow.'

This arguments brings us to the Kadazandusun word 'ki' meaning 'have' or 'exist.' However, this word on its won can not be used in daily converation as it is only used to point to something that exist. On its own, this word is followed by 'kivaa,' 'kiharo,' or 'kiwaro.' When used with another word, we therefore have such words as 'kivaig' meaning have water, 'kibangkad' meaning have a shirt, 'kiwatu' meaning have stone and many more.

Kiulu in the district of Tuaran got it name from a small river called 'Kiulu.' In the old days, travelers from up river usually stop at this river to have their lunch before continuing their journey. Firstly because the small river provided them with drinking water and secondly, growing on both sides of the riverbanks is a kind of bamboo locally known as 'tulu.' The same bamboo is used to make drinking glasses called 'suki.' There were no name for the river back then, and these travelers only refers to this stopping place as the river that have the 'tulu' or 'Ki tulu' and later it was just plain 'Kiulu.'

Back to our mountain. Since 'nabalu' means 'spirit' or 'spirit of the dead' to most of the people who live around the mountain, naturally the mountain would be referred to a 'ki nabalu' meaning spirit exist or place that have spirit of the dead.

© Lesaya Lopog Sorudim
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 May 2005 )