An open letter to PM Najib and cabinet:
Dear Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and members of the cabinet,
I, as a citizen of Malaysia would like to call upon the government to stop embarrassing our beloved country and we fellow Malaysians.
Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, renowned Thai pathologist, has declined to perform a second autopsy on C Sugumar stating that the Malaysian government was not happy with her previous work. Her declination is totally understandable.
Dr Pornthip who was hired by the Selangor government in seeking justice for the late Teoh Beng Hock was called a liar by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz and her qualification was being doubted by Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecution's head Abdul Razak Musa despite having graduated from one of the top five universities in Asia and being the director of Thailand's Central Institute of Forensic Science.
And now, Australian senator Nick Xenophon was detained and deported under Section 8(3) of the Immigration Act as a "prohibited immigrant" as he has "tarnished the image of the country".
The decision to detain and deport him is ridiculous, disrespectful and absurd.
How can we simply detain and deport a person just like that without any valid reason, not to say a senator from a country which Malaysia has strong diplomatic relations with?
All of you should understand that whatever decisions or actions that was made or taken by the government are made representing Malaysia.
Therefore all decisions and actions must be made in the interest of the country.
If anyone of you is not capable of putting the interest of the country before self-interest or interest of your party, then I urge for your immediate resignation albeit the general election is near.
Xenophon was said to have tarnished the image of the country but how about his detention and deportation?
Doesn't that creates more damage to the image of our country? The detention and deportation of Xenophon would now surely receive international criticism.
Maybe Xenophon is right in saying that the Malaysian government is being authoritarian as this has again proves that the government is not able to accept criticism.
The deportation of Xenophon also casts doubt as to what the government is trying to hide as the government need not be afraid if everything is transparent.
If the government is sincere and committed to transform the country and to get back the confidence of the people, the government should formally invite Dr Pornthip to perform the second autopsy for the late Sugumar.
If the government is sincere and committed to provide for a clean, free and fair election, then the government should invite foreign observers including Xenophon without fear.
I beg the government to stop tarnishing our country's image. And I really hope that none of our ministers are suffering from xenophobia!