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Monday, December 13, 2004
Much Ado About Nothing



The Jakarta Post said :: Why the fuss? Much ado about Anwar. It wondered aloud as to why a simple social visit should nearly escalate into a potential diplomatic row and cause embarassment to two friendly governments. The irony maybe that eventually, this episode only helped to stimulate greater sympathy for the very person one government sought to restrict.
The Jakarta Post sees AI's visit to Indonesia as the growing democratic climate in Southeast Asia and ASEAN. It claims that Indonesia is moving away from being a 'repressive political regime'. It continues by saying that political opposition is part-and-parcel of democracy and courtesy shuld be extended even if a visitor is a known-political opponent in his own country.
The Jakarta Post said that Kuala Lumpur's consternation over AI's visit to meet with notable figures in Indonesia is understandable and it went on to call the KL gomen, "a regime which has dominated the political scene for decades by effectively muzzling open opposition." It chided KL for waging a public relations battle against AI on foreign soil and said that this will only fuels sympathy for AI and adds to his standing as a new patron saint for political prisoners in Southeast Asia.
Our PM's caution to foreign leaders about meeting Anwar was considered clearly inappropriate. Anwar is neither a convict nor a fugitive. That he is regarded as an "opposition" leader should not discourage Indonesian leaders from meeting him for opposition leaders are legitimate members of the political infrastructure and have equal rights. If Malaysia is not claiming to uphold democratic principles and is in fact a place where oppositions are considered subversive, then the context of PM's remarks are more explicable. It also expressed regrets if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to meet with AI was as a result of Kuala Lumpur's comments.
Definitely Pak Lah's comments and unusual request have not gone down well. The Post further commented that they are also not congruous with the decision made at recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Vientiane at which member nations professed a desire to forge ahead with political development as part of a greater ASEAN Community.
It was obvious that Pak Lah's comments/request was not entirely acceptable in Indonesia, to say the least, and may have backfired. AI did little to help by praising Indonesia's democracy and lauding Indonesia's freedoms. This irked our deputy PM and he had to respond by telling AI not to tarnish [wonder what this means when BN used] Malaysia's image and belittle Malaysian democracy. He further added that Malaysians 'Must Be Proud Of Unique Sharing Concept', whatever this means.
What will happen next when AI visits other ASEAN countries like the Phillipines and Thailand? Will Pak Lah make similar 'requests' and Najib fight a rearguard action then? Probably it would be best to leave AI well alone then things AI does won't get any undeserved attention, hey let sleeping dogs lie, so they say.



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