KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS - Pokok Sena) is arranging for former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former commando Sirul Azhar Umar to have a telephone conversation where hopefully Sirul will divulge information pertaining to the controversial murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
In a press conference at Parliament lobby on Thursday, Mahfuz confirmed that a closed door meeting had taken place between himself, Mahathir and Sirul's family members concerning the latter’s fate.
The meeting between Mahfuz, Mahathir, Sirul's mother Piah Samad, 72, and his uncle Mustafa Samad, in his 70s, came to light on Wednesday night after images of the four together leaked on social media.
"I admit that last night, I brought Sirul's mother and his uncle for a meeting with Tun Mahathir at Tun's office in Yayasan Perdana, Putrajaya," Mahfuz said.
In the meeting, which started at 3.40pm ran for about 40 minutes, Piah had poured her heart out to Tun, said Mahfuz.
"Tun was very sympathetic in listening to Sirul's mother and hoped that something could be done. Piah was also hopeful that Tun can do something to give renewed hope to Sirul and his family," said Mahfuz.
Mahfuz said that he was planning a second meeting where he can arrange for Sirul and Mahathir to talk via telephone.
"It is to give room to Sirul to talk with Tun so that Sirul can share with Tun what actually happened. I hope the party who arranged our meeting last night can arrange another," he said.
"I hope that Sirul will be able to tell all that happened to Tun directly. I believe that if offered, Tun would be ready to talk to Sirul himself," said Mahfuz, who explained that Tun had many times called for Sirul to come forward with the details to the public.
Sirul once served as Mahathir's bodyguard during the latter's tenure as Prime Minister.
At a question and answer session at a youth conference in Cyberjaya on Saturday, Mahathir said that Sirul should not be hanged as he was acting upon orders and should instead be given the opportunity to state his case.
Sirul and former C/Insp Azilah Hadri were charged with killing Mongolian model Altantuya Sharibuu in 2006. On Jan 13 this year, the Federal court upheld the High Court's 2009 death sentence for the murder.