Shanmugam attacks Malaysian media for ‘misrepresenting’ Bersih rally saga
Posted by temasektimes on July 9, 2012
Singapore has come under criticisms by the Malaysian of late for sending its diplomats to attend the Bersih rally held in Kuala Lumpur in April which was deemed as interfering in Malaysian domestic politics.
However, the Singapore government has clarified that its diplomats were only present as impartial observers, just like diplomats from more than 10 other countries.
Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Mr Shanmugam reiterated that the allegations are false.
He said the Singapore officers were at the Bersih rally as impartial observers and added it’s regrettable that some elements in the Malaysian media and blogs have chosen to focus only on Singapore and have deliberately tried to misrepresent the issue.
Mr Shanmugam said the Malaysian government does not seem to share the same views.
“These articles suggest that the Malay community here can be persuaded to vote in a certain way. It’s laughable because we have every confidence in our fellow citizens,” said Mr Shanmugam.
Mr Shanmugam told parliament that the views does not reflect the Malaysian government’s, describing them as a ‘deliberate provocation’.
“I believe (it) does not reflect the (Malaysian) government’s views, shows a dangerous inclination to inject a racial angle into bilateral relationships, and shows a continuing belief in some quarters that our Malay population can be targeted from outside. That is a deliberate provocation but we will not be baited by these negative elements,” he added.