Malay rights group Perkasa protest outside Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur
Posted by temasektimes on June 26, 2012
Nearly 300 people from Malay rights group Perkasa staged a 30-minute protest yesterday outside the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur against Singapore ‘interfering’ in the domestic affairs of Malaysia.
They had accused Singapore diplomats of ‘participating’ in the recent Bersih 3.0 rally in support of electoral reform on 28 April and called on the Singapore government to issue an official apology to Malaysia as well as recalling the three Singaporean officials involved.
In a press statement issued last week, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had clarified that its officers were at the rally as impartial observers, adding that as part of their normal professional diplomatic duties, officers were expected to be updated on the host country’s developments and to understand sentiments on the ground.
With the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional facing a tough battle in the coming Malaysian General Election where the opposition may stand a chance of forming the next government, Singaporeans should expect tougher rhetoric and more ‘Singapore bashing’ in the weeks to come to divert public attention from Malaysia’s own internal problems.