Is This Wisma Putra's Idea Of A Joke?
What the! Only days ago the whole leadership went to town with lofty speeches about protecting the rights of Malaysians, and more or less demanded that Washington take good care of two of its 'citizens.' (PM: Give Malaysians in Guantanamo fair trial); (Terror suspects held by US ‘should not be denied rights’)
The above prompted this blogger to comment, Don't Worry About Guantanamo Bay, Look At Our Lockups First, Pak Lah.
Now, soon after the PM meets up with George Bush, suddenly we are told "mungkin bukan orang kita bradder!" How could any smart thinking group of people like those in the foreign ministry make such a boo boo? And how could they have adviced the Prime Minister without having first done the basics of confirming the identity of the suspected terrorists?
The following is the Bernama report on the admission of ignorance: The government Tuesday said it was not certain whether the two Asians being detained at the United States' detention centre in Guantanamo Bay are Malaysians.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said the nationality of the two Asian detainees could only be confirmed if the US government would let a Malaysian government representative meet the detainees.
"Wisma Putra has asked the Malaysian high commissioner *(sic) in Washington to make arrangements with the US authorities to allow our representative to meet the two detainees who are claimed to be Malaysians.
"If they are Malaysians, then we will take all the necessary steps to safeguard their welfare while they are in detention. We will also make sure that they will be given a fair trial in the United States," he said when winding up his speech on the 2007 Budget in the Dewan Rakyat.
The world media reported that two Malaysians were among the 14 detainees who were allegedly involved with the Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah operatives, whom the US government recently transferred to Guantanamo Bay in the south-eastern part of Cuba.
**** Malaysia does not have a High Commissioner but an Ambassador in Washington. I just hope that the deputy foreign minister was misquoted!
**** Moral of the story? Look, listen and confirm before opening your mouth.