No Malaysians involved in Jakarta riots

Malaysians in Indonesia have been advised to stay away from mass rallies at Tanah Abang, Tamrin, Sabang and Menteng. (Reuters pic)

TEMERLOH: No Malaysians have been involved in the post-election riots in Jakarta, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said.

He gave an assurance the ministry would monitor developments there as a precautionary measure.

“At the moment, the government does not plan to bring back Malaysians who are there but we will keep track with developments.

“We hope the situation will stabilise and return to normal,” he told reporters after attending the Pahang Muafakat Movers Association’s buka puasa event here yesterday.

Saifuddin also urged Malaysians in Indonesia to heed the advice of the authorities and not attend mass rallies at Tanah Abang, Tamrin, Sabang and Menteng.

The media reported seven people were killed and 200 injured in the protests against the announcement of the presidential election results.

On another matter, Saifuddn said the government would help Malaysian Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, 32, get the best legal advice on his appeal for clemency in Singapore.

“Our high commission is providing assistance but the process to challenge the clemency rejection should come from his family,” he said.

Singapore’s Court of Appeal granted the application of Pannir Selvam to stay his execution and allowed him to challenge the clemency process.

Pannir was sentenced to death after he was convicted on June 27, 2017 by the Singapore High Court of trafficking in 51.84 g of diamorphine at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sept 3, 2014.