Op­po­si­tion ‘shouldn’t query govt’s han­dling of mur­der’

New Straits Times - - News -

Umno In­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa took a swipe at the op­po­si­tion for ques­tion­ing the gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of Kim Jong-nam’s mur­der and its diplo­matic ties with North Korea.

An­nuar ques­tioned whether the op­po­si­tion lead­ers were con­cerned that Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s ap­proval rat­ings were im­prov­ing fol­low­ing the lat­ter’s firm stand in han­dling the is­sues.

“It seems to me that they are wor­ried that the way the prime min­is­ter is han­dling this mat­ter is get­ting a favourable re­sponse from the peo­ple.

“Their con­cern is not re­ally sur­pris­ing be­cause what­ever is good news for the gov­ern­ment is bad news for the op­po­si­tion,” he said af­ter open­ing the Jerlun Umno Di­vi­sion Vet­eran an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Kam­pung Tan­jung in Padang Sera here yesterday, as he con­cluded his two-day road­show in Kedah.

An­nuar said it made no sense for the gov­ern­ment to try and score po­lit­i­cal points in han­dling the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion as it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to up­hold the coun­try’s rule of law and sovereignty.

“The gov­ern­ment’s stand on this mat­ter is clear.

“We want to make sure that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted ac­cord­ing to stan­dard pro­ce­dures, since the crime was com­mit­ted on our soil.

“We have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to do justice to the fam­ily of the de­ceased, but that does not mean that we want to sever our diplo­matic ties with them (North Korea).

“They (the op­po­si­tion) have no lo­cus standi to tell the gov­ern­ment what to do on this mat­ter.”

He was com­ment­ing on the state­ments by Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin and Pas mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Mah­fuz Omar, who had said the strained Malaysia-North Korea re­la­tion­ship should not be used to score po­lit­i­cal points.

An­nuar urged all quar­ters to put aside po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences as the mat­ter in­volved the na­tion’s in­ter­est and sovereignty.

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