SHAH ALAM: The elder son of slain Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu said his father, who is a top Mongolian rap and hip-hop singer, refused to take him in after his mother died in 2006.
“My father clearly told me he was married again. He has other children and he refused to take me in.
“He apologised to me for not being there when I grew up. As a son, I felt he did not want me,” said 21-year-old Bayarkhuu Bayarjargal (pic), who changed his name from Mungunshagai Bayarjargal, at the High Court yesterday.
His father Bayarjargal Bayasgalam is also known as “Madai”.
“I met him in 2011 for the first time. Before 2011, I had no connection with him and when I met him in 2011, he said he had just come back from the United Kingdom,” he said when testifying during a hearing of a civil suit on Altantuya’s murder.
He said this when cross-examined by counsel Manjeet Singh Dhillon, who is representing Abdul Razak Baginda – one of the defendants named in the suit.
Manjeet: Do you know when your parents were divorced?
Bayarkhuu: From the conversation between my grandmother and grandfather, I got to know that they divorced before I turned a year old.
Manjeet: Do you know that, three years before 2006, your mother had stopped your father from seeing you?
Bayarkhuu: I have no idea.
Manjeet: You changed your name to Bayarkhuu Bayarjargal from Mungunshagai Bayarjargal because you want your name to be similar like your father’s name Bayarjargal Bayasgalam? You chose the name because you are really proud of him?
Bayarkhuu: I disagree. “Bayar” in Mongolian is joy. It’s a popular name and the name was chosen by my grandfather, and not because I’m proud of him (father).
When explaining further about his father, who was a lead singer of the Khar Sarnai (Black Rose) band, Bayarkhuu said his father did not attend Altantuya’s wake despite learning of her death.
Meanwhile, when cross-examined by senior federal counsel Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar, who acted for the Malaysian government, Bayarkhuu said his father did not provide any financial assistance to support his education.
“My grandfather supported my education,” said the Business Management graduate from the National University of Mongolia.
Altantuya’s father Dr Shaariibuu Setev, his wife Altantsetseg Sanjaa and their two grandsons, including Bayarkhuu, filed the RM100mil suit on June 4, 2007.
However, the name of the other grandson, Altanshagai Munkhtulga, was later removed as a plaintiff following his death two years ago.
The other defendants named were two former policemen, Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, and the Malaysian government.
In the statement of claim, the family alleged that Altantuya’s death had caused them mental shock and psychological trauma, entitling them to be compensated with exemplary and aggravated damages.
The hearing before Judge Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera continues on May 6. — Bernama