Ne­ti­zens de­fend Pu­tra­jaya’s ban or­der

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

KUALA LUMPUR: The di­plo­matic spat be­tween Malaysia and North Korea has brought Malaysians to­gether in de­fend­ing the gov­ern­ment’s stand to bar North Kore­ans from leav­ing the coun­try.

Facebook user Ay­man Rash­dan Wong lashed out at key­board war­riors who crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment’s stand on the mat­ter.

“There is no rea­son for North Korea to shoot or hurt Malaysians in Py­ongyang. Kim Jong-un and his al­lies want to give an im­pres­sion that they are crazy so they can black­mail and con­trol our minds. This is what we call a di­plo­matic tus­sle and it will end with com­pro­mise.

“Com­ments from ne­ti­zens over Malaysia’s stand to de­clare the North Korean am­bas­sador ‘per­sona non grata’, say­ing that it was idi­otic and try­ing to play hero, are a col­lec­tive in­sult to the For­eign Min­istry,” he wrote.

“The de­ci­sion was not made by the prime min­is­ter alone. It was a joint de­ci­sion by peo­ple in the min­istry.

“Be­fore you say any­thing, please un­der­stand how de­ci­sions are made in the gov­ern­ment or at least ed­u­cate your­self on ba­sic prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, such as rec­i­proc­ity or tit for tat, as there are peo­ple who claim the bar­ring of North Kore­ans is a child­ish act.”

User Ramesh M. Ge­san said: “It’s time to stand by our lead­ers on this is­sue. Put your po­lit­i­cal re­marks aside.”

Asi Malco said: “I trust po­lice on this is­sue. Bar­ri­cade the em­bassy at the out­side (as per law). Se­cure all ac­cess points, ve­hi­cle and drainage. Post a bar­ri­cade and guard post.

“Don’t let the two slip off. They will want to get out even­tu­ally. No mat­ter how long it will take.”

On Twit­ter, ne­ti­zens were urg­ing ev­ery­one to pray for the safety of 11 Malaysians trapped in North Korea.

User @smilelove­more said: “This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter. Let’s pray for the safety of Malaysia and North Korea cit­i­zens.”

User @AiEnAnOrHa said: “May Al­lah SWT pro­tect MALAYSIA from any dan­ger”, and @ak­mal­saufi said: “The best that we can do is to pray for the safety of our Malaysian cit­i­zens in North Korea and to not panic.”

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