Op­po­si­tion pro­poses spe­cial brief­ing in Par­lia­ment on N. Korea

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KUALA LUMPUR: The op­po­si­tion yes­ter­day pro­posed to the De­wan Rakyat that a spe­cial brief­ing be held for mem­bers of par­lia­ment on the sit­u­a­tion re­lat­ing to the di­plo­matic break­down be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

Op­po­si­tion leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail said the brief­ing would give MPs a deeper in­sight into the is­sue.

“The for­eign min­is­ter and gov­ern­ment agen­cies can brief the MPs,” she said when de­bat­ing the mo­tion of thanks on the royal ad­dress at Par­lia­ment.

Dr Wan Az­izah said with a proper ex­pla­na­tion on Malaysia’s stand, the MPs would re­frain from mak­ing state­ments that could jeop­ar­dise the gov­ern­ment’s process to re­solve the di­plo­matic rift.

“We need to pro­tect the good name of Malaysia.”

Datuk Sham­sul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Leng­gong) said the gov­ern­ment should take ac­tion against ne­ti­zens who be­lit­tled the coun­try when mak­ing com­par­isons be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

“In so­cial me­dia, there are peo­ple who have por­trayed Malaysia to be in­fe­rior in strength to North Korea,” he said.

Sham­sul Anuar said the House should move a mo­tion for MPs to voice their views and state their stand on the is­sue.

He said the gov­ern­ment had con­sid­ered all as­pects be­fore de­cid­ing to ex­pel the North Korean am­bas­sador here and pro­hibit North Kore­ans from leav­ing Malaysia.

“We have to be to­gether in this. It is not about the in­ter­ests of po­lit­i­cal par­ties, but to up­hold the dig­nity of our coun­try.”

Mean­while, Parti Amanah Ne­gara’s Raja Ka­marul Bahrin Shah Raja Ah­mad urged the gov­ern­ment to re­solve the is­sue with wis­dom and pa­tience.

“We need to em­pha­sise diplo­macy and not act as a hero as this can risk jeop­ar­dis­ing the safety of Malaysians trapped in North Korea,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Raja Ka­marul also called on the gov­ern­ment to seek the help of an­other coun­try to be an in­ter­me­di­ary to re­solve the con­flict.

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