PUTRAJAYA: A body like the United Nations and not the United States should reprimand a country on its internal affairs, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Strongly asking the United States not to meddle in Malaysia’s internal affairs anymore, he said even the UN secretary-general has not said anything about how Malaysia is handling its legal matters.
Responding to a statement by former US Vice-President Al Gore that the Malaysian Government was involved in “character assassination to silence an effective leader of the political opposition,” Dr Rais said he would like to see US’ discriminatory approach being scrutinised by others.
He added that the UN should play the role of the world policeman and not the US.
“The UN secretary-general had not uttered a word meaning that he respects our law and justice system; why should a lesser mortal from the US air it out in clarion call to say that Malaysia is not up to their standards.
“Why should Gore and the former US Vice-President give judgment of evaluation of a country; does he not know the meaning for the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the UN Charter – respect for the internal affairs of a country,” [more]
Note from freeanwar.org: So, does the universal declaration of human rights only apply when one’s actions are being criticized?
PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Ministry will organise a series of information sessions overseas on the sodomy case against PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“We are preparing the facts,” said minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
“This will give the true picture so there will be no misconceptions that can hurt Malaysia’s image.
“Any judgment or directive by a court or the legal department should be upheld; foreign countries should understand the Malaysian legal system and that we do uphold the rule of law,” he told reporters at a press conference after opening the inaugural Malaysian International Law Symposium.
On the statement of former US vice-president Al Gore that the Malaysian government was involved in “character assassination to silence an effective leader of the political opposition,” Dr Rais said Gore should respect the laws of other countries. [more]
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SINGAPORE: Kuala Lumpur wants Washington to abstain from making further statements pertaining to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the country’s rule of law set-up.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said he had informed United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of this during their bilateral talks Thursday.
Rais said he had informed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that he would meet Rice while attending the Asean Ministerial Meeting and would take the opportunity to talk to her on this issue.
“I had explained to Rice that investigations against Anwar over sodomy allegations were not politically motivated whatsoever. [more]
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From Tengku Noor Shamsiah, Bernama.com
SINGAPORE, July 24 (Bernama) — Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim hopes Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to brief some of the foreign missions does not cloud the truth or harbour any ill-feelings for any party.
He hoped the Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor’s meetings with some of the heads of missions were purely based on a desire to impart certain things on his (Anwar’s) part and not beyond that.
Rais was speaking to reporters after attending the Asean Ministerial Meetings with its dialogue partners here Wednesday.
He had earlier attended bilateral meetings with the United States and Russia, as well as other side meetings.
Rais was asked to respond on a report that Anwar had briefed 38 foreign diplomats on the alleged conspiracy by the government to scuttle his political comeback.
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