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PUBLISHED: Dec 20, 2015 1:51pm

EU told to not act hastily, respect Malaysia to deal with its own internal affairs

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MICHAEL MURTY By:
Michael Murty

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry says it has been in regular communication with the EU through their Embassy in Brussels and also through the EU Representation in Kuala Lumpur. — File pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20, 2015:

The European Parliament should not hastily issue resolutions on Malaysia, says Malaysia.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement said it was “unfortunate” that the European Parliament had acted hastily and chosen monologue by issuing this resolution.

“​The Government of Malaysia strongly believes that full respect must be provided to any sovereign country to decide on its internal affairs.

“In line with this, it is indispensable to all countries, including Malaysia, to be given the required space to ensure the continued peace, security and stability of the country,” the statement said.

It said the Government of Malaysia remained committed to uphold the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right of freedom of assembly, the exercises of which were enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

“Taking into account Malaysia’s historical experience as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, the Government of Malaysia maintains that equal emphasis must be placed on the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly as well as on the duties and responsibilities attached to the exercise of such rights.

“Nevertheless we will seek to engage the EU at the next available opportunity.”

This response was to an article published that the EU called for an independent probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion donation.

The EU called for “independent and transparent investigations” into the graft allegations and for the government to stop putting pressure on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and media.

The ministry continued to say that this was not the first time that the EU had raised its concerns.

“On the basis of its consultations with the various Malaysian agencies, the foreign ministry has been in regular communication with the EU through our embassy in Brussels and also through the EU Representation in Kuala Lumpur.

“Contrary to the insinuation in reports by certain local media, these concerns have also been discussed whenever the occasion arose including during high-level interactions between our leaders and the EU leaders either during visits or at the margins of international fora such as the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), UN General Assembly and the Asean Ministerial Meeting / Asean Post Ministerial Conferences (AMM/PMC).

“Malaysia has taken an open attitude towards these interactions because we are firmly convinced that mutual concerns can only be addressed through dialogue rather than through a monologue.”

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