M’sians who leak info to foreign powers should be punished


MARAN: Umno Supreme Council member Mahdzir Khalid said stern action should be taken against Malaysians who leaked information to outside parties.

Mahdzir, who is Education Minister, said their act could invite foreign intervention into the country’s affairs and as such, they should be punished for tarnishing the country’s image.

“We do not want outside parties to interfere in the country’s affairs, if they do, and we leak information, it would destroy the nation.

“We are talking about the country’s sovereignty, nationhood, something which cannot be given up to others.

“We should seek (those who leaked information) and punish them,” he said when met by reporters after officiating the Maran Umno delegates meeting here today.

Also present was Deputy Human Resource Minister Ismail Abdul Muttalib, who is the Maran Umno divisional leader.

Mahdzir said Malaysia, as a democratic and sovereign nation, did not need foreign intervention to determine who its leaders should be and how the country should be administered.

“It is a question of honour, of the country and leadership, the prime minister (Najib Razak) was elected by the people through a legitimate process, the general election, so as Malaysians we must have the solidarity and strength to support our prime minister,” he added.

He also advised the people not to be easily influenced by allegations made against the country’s leadership, but to remain united and maintain peace in the country.

The Umno machinery, he said, would go down to the grassroots to brief party members and the people so that they had a clear understanding of the issues.