KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) -- The provocative actions of a few
individuals during Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak''s meeting with Malaysians in
London recently will not affect the confidence of the Prime Minister in
continuing to interact with the people, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Deputy Prime Minister said as a statesman, Najib was an open-minded person
and would not feel threatened by such circumstances.
"He (Najib) knows anything can happen (like what happened at the meeting),
but the majority of those present welcomed him except for two or three malicious
people who want to disrupt the function," he told reporters after opening the
annual general meeting of the Bumiputera Manunfacturers and Services Industry
Association of Malaysia, here today.
At the "An Evening with the Prime Minister" event in London on Tuesday
during Najib''s two-day working visit to the United Kingdom, two or three out of
the 1,500 people gathered there tried to disrupt the function by heckling Najib.
Muhyiddin, however, said although the act was rude and did not show respect
for the nation''s number one leader, the government would not arbitrarily take
action every time someone spoke out against the government.
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On another matter, Muhyiddin said Tenaganita executive director Irene
Fernandez was ill-informed about the actual situation in the country when she
allegedly made wild allegations that Bangladeshis workers were poorly treated in
Questioning her motives for making such allegations, the Deputy Prime
Minister said the government had never prevented foreign workers form returning
to their own countries if they felt Malaysia was not safe and did not have laws
to protect them, as claimed by Irene.
"However, I believe 99.9 per cent of them disagree with Irene Fernandez...so
what is Irene Fernandez''s motive in denigrating Malaysia," he said.
In fact, he said, at his meeting with Bangladesh''s minister in charge for
the country''s citizens working overseas yesterday, the latter had asked the
Malaysian government to lift its freeze on the intake of Bangladeshi workers.
"If Bangladeshi workers are poorly treated here, why would the Bangladesh
government ask Malaysia to lift its freeze on hiring workers from the country,"
Irene in a recent interview with Indonesia''s Jakarta Post newspaper is
alleged to have claimed that Malaysia was an unsafe place for foreign workers
and that it did not have a legal framework to protect them.
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