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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21, 2015:

The criticism by the European Parliament on government policies such as the National Security Council Bill and human rights is nothing new, says Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

He said other countries would create or improvise similar laws related to the country’s security when faced with a crisis.

“The EU had always given a negative view on legislation in Malaysia, even though the law is a necessity as in other countries, such as in England after the Sept 11 incident.

“Different countries have enacted different laws to ensure safety especially in the wake of the threat posed by IS (Islamic State).

“It is common for others to misinterpret the legislation put in place by Malaysia, it is like that, things never change,” he told reporters at Dewan Perdana Felda here, today.

The European Union (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.

In their resolution, the Malaysian government had also been urged to treat issues involving the rights of the lesbian community, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and human rights in a fairer manner.

Commenting further on the matter, Mohd Isa said the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would continue to explain and establish good relationships with the EU so that the latter can better understand the culture of Malaysia.

He noted that just like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, concerned with the fate of the Bumiputera, had explained the matter.

“They (other countries) accepted the explanation and the problem is solved. It’s all about explaining and letting others understand.

“Just like how we have a new generation who do not understand the spirit of the Constitution, which led to all kinds of situation.

“But if we understand, there will be no problem, just like in United States and Europe, people will eventually understand.

“They (EU) should not interfere. This is our law, we want to take care of our interest, our security,” he said.

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