Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim Disparages Aussie Government

On Friday, Anwar Ibrahim (left) accused the Australian government of being "complicit" in the corruption of his country's disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak. 

He said Australia's foreign policy during Najib's time in power "clearly has been tainted, has been perceived by many Malaysians as complicit to the ...crimes of corruption and also criminal actions". 

He told ABC Radio the government's statements had always been "extremely supportive" of Najib and had lavishly praised Malaysia's progress under the former leader. 

The PKR de facto leader also denounced the Australian government for snubbing Malaysia’s bid to extradite convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar, who is detained there. 

The former police commando had already expressed his unwillingness to return to Malaysia even if his death sentence is commuted to life in prison – as suggested by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh Deo to circumvent Australia’s objection to the extradition. 

Sirul intimated that he would surely be murdered if he is in a Malaysian prison here. 

However, Anwar insisted that it is only right that Sirul be sent home to serve the appropriate punishment for his crime. 

I had previously highlighted that Sirul had earlier on demanded a full pardon as a condition for returning to Malaysia – read my article titled “Altantuya Shaariibuu May Be Back in the News” published May 20, 2018. 

[More background info: The Court of Appeal had acquitted both Azilah and Sirul on August 23, 2013, but the Federal Court had on January 13, 2015 unanimously reversed their acquittal and restored the court order for their mandatory death sentence. 

Sirul fled to Australia before the apex court made its decision. And since then, he has been held in the high-security wing of Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Center]. 

I really can’t fathom this notion that Australia is actually shielding a Malaysian killer.

Not all prices should come down. 

Putrajaya had said retail prices of cigarettes will remain as they were when the goods and services tax (GST) was in force. 

The Finance Ministry said the scrapping of the consumer tax, which came into effect on June 01, 2018, cannot be an excuse to sell cigarettes cheaper.

I agree, I support, I applaud!

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