BEAUFORT: Malaysia UMNO Women’s Wing is against the US interference on the judiciary regarding the sodomy case of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Its Vice Chief, Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, said as a developed nation that advocate democracy, US action is deemed as challenging Malaysian rule of law which stands on evidence and truth.
Malaysia has never interfered in any administration or rule of law of any country, and as a powerful nation, the US government must not step in.
“Any countries in the world detests foreign intervention in their affairs and the US government will also oppose such action if it happens to them. We never intervene with their (US) administration or judiciary, and as a democratic country, they must focus on bilateral relations instead.”
“Malaysians in general are offended with US intervention and want any kind of interference either in Anwar case or domestic affairs to stop; it is not just the Women’s Wing,” she said when met after officiating Beaufort level Al Quran Recital and Maulidur Rasul Celebration at Dewan Pa’Musa, here today.
She commented in response to the launch of a petition in White House website which demands the US government to make Anwar’s release a main issue in its bilateral relation with Malaysia.
The petition was started by US former ambassador in Malaysia, John Malott on February 10, the same day of the sodomy case verdict against Anwar announced.
The petition which needs at least 100,000 signatures before March 12 has now garnered almost 40,000 signatures as of February 10.
On the day of Anwar’s verdict the US government released a statement to express its disappointment on the guilty charge against Anwar.
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop said that the country is ‘deeply concerned’ with the decision of the Federal Court to maintain the five years imprisonment punishment for Anwar.
The statements, however, were condemned by political leaders and law practitioners in the country who insisted that Washington and Canberra have no right to interfere with Malaysian judiciary. – SayangSabah