PETALING JAYA: Sirul Azhar Umar, the convicted murderer of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, is grateful to the Australian government for the protection provided to him, said PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar.
"We did not discuss the Altantuya case. We have yet to speak about his future in Australia. He is grateful for the protection given to him by the Australian government, even though he is in the Immigration detention centre," said Mahfuz, who spoke to The Star Online on Tuesday night.
He said that a group of seven people met Sirul at the Villawood detention centre in Sydney, adding that the group included a lawyer, Sirul's 72-year old mother Piah Samad and his 37-year-old sister Noriatin Omar.
Asked about the meeting, Mahfuz said: "He spent most of the two-hour meeting period speaking to his mother and his sister about his current condition in Australia. We will be meeting him again tomorrow (Wednesday), the day after and on Friday."
Mahfuz maintained that the meeting was a "humanitarian mission."
"It was a humanitarian mission to allow him to speak to his family," said Mahfuz, who had arrived in Sydney on Monday.
Piah and Noriatin left the KL International Airport (KLIA) for Sydney on Sunday night.
On Feb 23, Mahfuz had organised a teleconference with Sirul for a supposed tell-all of who had given the 43-year-old the order to kill the model.
However, the press conference was cancelled after multiple attempts to reach Sirul by phone, failed.
Sirul had called back two hours later saying that he wanted to thank the press for their coverage.
Sirul left for Australia in October 2014 after a Court of Appeal decision in August 2013 to free him.
He had failed to appear in the Federal Court on Jan 13, which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of 26-year-old Altantuya.