Sep 29, 2006

Syed Hamid - Singapore Should Apologise

Extracted from BERNAMA
S'pore Should Apologise Over LKY's Remarks, Says Syed Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- Singapore, as a good neighbour, should apologise to Malaysia for the recent remarks by its Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew that the Chinese community in Malaysia is being marginalised.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Thursday Malaysia deserved an apology from Singapore for the remarks, which caused concern among Malaysian leaders.

"They should (apologise) for the sake of the two supposedly good neighbouring countries, they should do that.


"That statement went beyond fair comment, describing something that is not true in our country, an instigation. So I think with all honesty, it should be polite for them to say they were sorry," he told reporters after a meeting of the Umno Supreme Council, here.

Speaking at a forum in Singapore on Sept 15, Lee had said that Malaysia and Indonesia "have problems with the Chinese. They are successful, they are hardworking and, therefore, they are being systematically marginalised".

He also said that the two countries "want Singapore, to put it simply, to be like their Chinese -- compliant".

Syed Hamid also confirmed that Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia Ashok Mukar Mirpuri met Foreign Ministry Secretary General Datuk Rastam Isa Thursday.

"We called (him), we want to know exactly the nature of the statement. We have given our views and how we feel about it. So we wait for his response. Subsequently, we will decide what action is to be taken," he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has sent a letter to the Singapore government seeking an explanation over Lee's remarks, which he said could cause racial tension.

-- BERNAMA

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