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PKR disappointed Obama not meeting Anwar

 | April 22, 2014

PKR regrets that President Obama is more keen to finalise the TPPA rather than upholding principles of democracy.


barack-obamaPETALING JAYA: PKR regrets that Barack Obama will not be meeting Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim during his visit to Malaysia this weekend.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution in a press conference told the reporters that the party is disappointed with Obama’s administration for not making arrangements for the both of them to meet.

“America who always advocates democracy should live in the same principle and this should be a motivating factor for both leaders to meet.

“Looks like Obama is very much keen to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with Malaysia rather than upholding the democracy principle,” said Saifuddin.

When asked whether PKR had made any special request via the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur to meet Obama, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said that no special request was made to them.

He also expressed that the American credibility will plunge as they are more keen on the TPPA signing.

Yesterday Anwar told AFP that a meeting with Obama would have been “consistent with US democratic ideals”, but stopped short of criticising the US president.

“I am not upset,” he had said, but he added that a meeting would have been “helpful” and “consistent with US democratic ideals and its foreign policy of promoting freedom and justice.”

Obama will be here from April 26 to 28. He will begin his tour with a cultural visit to the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, after which he will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Obama will also hold a town hall session with young leaders from Southeast Asia at Universiti Malaya, and after that a meeting with leaders in Malaysian civil society.

This will be the second visit by a US President to Malaysia. The first visit was by Lyndon Johnson in 1966.

Rafizi needs answers

On a separate matter, Rafizi said that he will be taking legal action against the Sarawak state government for barring him from entering the state yesterday.

rafizi ramli-saifuddin nasutionHe told the reporters that he will look into the Immigration Act’s clauses and bring it to Parliament to challenge the abuse of power by immigration authorities for disallowing opposition politicians to enter Sarawak.

This will serve as a ‘check and balance’ to hinder abuses of the various provisions provided for in the acts.

Yesterday Rafizi was stopped from entering Sarawak shortly after arriving at the Kuching International Airport at 6.20pm.

He was informed by the immigration officials that he was denied entry as his name was blacklisted, allegedly based on instructions from the Sarawak Chief Minister’s office.

He was similarly denied entry into Sarawak on March 27. The state government had previously denied entry to numerous other Pakatan leaders and pro-opposition activists.

Najib must answer

As for yesterday’s revelations made by Rafizi on Mosti’s R&D funds used for commercial purposes, he calls upon Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to answer the allegations.

He further showed a document dated Nov 15, 2013 which Najib has scribbled on a point that reads: “MOSTI minister Ewon Ebin, For your consideration, I don’t have any objection on this project”.

Rafizi also stated that NSE Resources Corporation Bhd in their working proposal had clearly pointed out that they will not be able to obtain a bank loan and requested the ministry to approve the RM 100 million through a grant approval.

The grant, available under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti), was awarded to the private firm, Rafizi claimed.

Rafizi again pointed out today that the grant given to the company for the commercial project involved public funds.

The exorbitant amount also went against the procedure of grant disbursement under Mosti, Rafizi added.


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