Through a ministerial response to a parliamentary question, it was revealed that Ismail Sabri’s administration had embarked on yet another formal request to INTERPOL to issue a so-called red notice against the publisher. of this site.
The reasons given appear to mirror those of the previously rejected attempt made in 2015 when Najib Razak’s UMNO government sought to protect itself from the Sarawak report’s revelations regarding 1MDB (i.e. accusations in Malaysia for allegedly ” attack on parliamentary democracy ”and“ false reports ”). .
The new request added another claim that the publisher has “fled abroad to escape prosecution” on a more recent charge of “criminal libel” linked to an arrest warrant that was issued by a Terengganu Magistrates’ Court in November this year (more below).
Few will miss the irony that this statement by the new UMNO leadership was released on the same day the Malaysian Court of Appeal upheld Najib’s conviction based on articles from Sarawak Report who were cited during his trial as having triggered the Malaysian task force’s investigations into the thief ex-prime minister.
However, with the same politicians who stood up for this blatant kleptocrat and protected him from his crimes in the first place, now back in charge in Malaysia, it is no surprise that they are acting the same as before.
While the UMNO brothers shamelessly allowed Najib to remain in their party ranks, promoting and flattering him even as their financial mentor and allowing him to continue driving in a police-protected cavalcade, they did sought to reissue an old arrest warrant for the person who exposed his outrageous crimes against the public.
In other words, the doubly convicted thief is allowed to roam free, largely protected by the Malaysian police, while the person who denounced him is being hunted down by the Malaysian police all over the world!
UMNO and Malaysia’s international image
UMNO leaders who have given these instructions to their “law enforcement” must understand what this does to their country, if only because it has an impact on the capacity of the police. Malaysia to earn its income, which UMNO experienced by stealing.
Had the courts caved in on Wednesday, as they were under public pressure to do, and returned their judicial independence to UMNO officials, Malaysia would have been exposed as a failed state ruled by party overlords. The judges held on, which was good for Malaysia’s reputation.
However, the fact that the government immediately retaliated by seeking to abuse the instruments of international legal cooperation to avenge its disgraced political leader in this manner nullifies that work.
Sarawak Report will inform INTERPOL of the abuse and is confident that the UMNO leadership will again be internationally embarrassed by its own behavior following a second rejection of their opinion.
Everything shows that once again, despite their beating at GE14 UMNO, the pampered party lords have learned nothing. Accustomed to years of excessive power and backed by their coup, they blatantly indulge in “thugocracy,” praising their big crooks and producing selfish propaganda that defies simple facts for their national audiences, all ignoring the impact on the world beyond.
They should remember that this denial of the truth caused them to lose the elections in 2018 and that their “hunchback” has now also lost in court. Anyone can see it. Yet not only have they sought to rekindle accusations of fake news and insurgency against reporting now proven and validated by the Malaysian people, but they have also invented new absurd untruths.
Sarawak report writer fled overseas!
The latest statement citing the reasons for the renewed Red Notice request includes what translates into an allegation that the Sarawak Report editor “had fled abroad to avoid prosecution ”. This lawsuit appears to concern a charge of “criminal defamation” raised only in November of this year, three years after the initial complaint was filed.
The editor of Sarawak Report has not fled Malaysia, she simply has no reason to visit Malaysia since March 2020, when she made a brief trip home just before the Covid pandemic. The charge was brought two years after she freely left the country after appearing at border exit points in the usual manner.
Sarawak Report received no notification of the subsequent court hearing, let alone when and where it would take place. The charge relates to a parallel civil case based on the exact same complaint. This has been going through the justice system since 2018 and is expected to be heard shortly by Zoom on the grounds that the editor-in-chief of Sarawak Report does not reside in Malaysia and cannot travel there, especially during a pandemic.
Nevertheless, the ministers say they have asked the police that the writer should be considered a fugitive from justice for this latest warrant issued without notification on the same subject.
The procedural breaches are therefore glaring, as are the violations of fundamental rights. The editor of Sarawak Report has not fled Malaysia, she simply has no reason to visit Malaysia since March 2020, when she made a brief trip home just before the Covid pandemic.
She is not a Malaysian citizen, does not own any property, and does not do business in the country. Traveling in Malaysia is an expensive luxury that she has no obligation to accomplish at her own expense, as she resides elsewhere.
Indeed, if she had not left Malaysia (as she is now accused of having done), she would have committed a real offense by exceeding the period allowed for foreign visitors.
In short, the editor of Sarawak Report does not have “flee abroad to avoid prosecutionOn a charge in November 2021, she left Malaysia after a short visit in March 2020 with no reason to stay beyond that date or return. She had no reason to imagine that two years later criminal charges would be laid against a complaint filed in 2018 and then filed for “no further action” at that time, let alone the fact that she is reportedly accused of “fleeing prosecution” for failing to anticipate such charges.
The re-established government of UMNO asks INTERPOL to consider as a culpable act the fact that this editor did not foresee that the political coup that took place in 2020 would give way in a few years to the return of the rogue party UMNO which had been suspended. in the 2018 elections – and that they would then face vindictive reprisals. Instead, the argument goes, she should have extended her visit illegally in order to be available and available for arrest on false charges to avenge the guilty UMNO boss.
Should Interpol be convinced that the decision to simply return home as planned (after showing up at Malaysia’s border control and passing its inspections) is reason enough to put the world’s borders on high alert to arrest a so-called “fugitive”?
Malaysia knows the location of the editor-in-chief of the Sarawak Report, including her home address and phone number. They are free to present their case to British prosecutors if they wish, rather than disturbing INTERPOL to activate border police around the world.
This latest statement from Malaysia’s Home Office is nonsense and its actions amount to nothing but harassment and abuse of process. It represents a second National Embarrassment on the same day as the first.