PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) today dismissed Foreign Minister Anifah Aman’s claim that the opposition coalition was jeopardising the government’s efforts to protect the nation’s sovereignty and image by meeting the ambassadors of the European Union (EU).
PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the issue that degraded the nation’s reputation was the 1MDB scandal.
“The events at 1MDB with many being hauled to court and pointing the finger at our country and leaders have done great harm to our image,” she told a news conference at PKR headquarters here.
Wan Azizah is also the president of PKR, a member of PH with the DAP, Amanah and PPBM.
Last Friday, PH leaders including chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad held a meeting with 16 EU ambassadors led by the head of the EU delegation to Malaysia, Maria Castillo Fernandez.
Reacting to the meeting yesterday, Anifah accused PH of tarnishing Malaysia’s image by raising negative issues to the EU envoys.
Describing PH’s actions as “most unpatriotic”, the minister said it would invite foreign powers to meddle in the country’s affairs.
Anifah said PH’s meeting with the EU delegation was a sign of “desperate politics” by the opposition.
He said the meeting had made the government’s strategy and policies to protect Malaysians in the face of EU’s threat to boycott Malaysian palm oil more difficult.