No two ways about it. It's a clear-cut matter, as I see it: our cops brutally beat up an Indonesian karate referee when he was here, he countrymen are angry, so the Malaysian government should apologize because that's basic decency and it would help calm things down.
But Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, speaking on behalf of the Abdullah Administration, sees things differently.
If that is so, why then did we apologize to China when our cops asked a woman believed to be a Chinese national (turned out that she was Malaysian!) to strip naked two years ago? Why did the Malaysian government apologize on behalf of the cops then and won't apologize on behalf of its cops now, Syed Hamid?
While Syed Hamid was giving the Indonesian media a diplomatic lecture, Haris Ibrahim has apologized on behalf all of us Anak Bangsa Malaysia. Yesterday, Anwar Ibrahim blogged to agree with Malaysian students in Indonesia that the Malaysian government should apologize.
I was lamenting Syed Hamid's idea of decency when this article suddenly found my screen:
What the fish!?
Now, wait a sec. We'll need to verify this because there was nothing in Bernama about Pak Lah apologizing to the Indonesian President. The national news agency did carry a report on the IGP apologizing to the Indonesian ref here but nothing on the ABC Radio story Malaysia apologizes to Indonesia for karate assault here.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Why should Msian govt apologise, huh, huh?
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