Malaysia not apologizing to Indonesia over dispute

20:14, August 26, 2010      

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Malaysia will not apologize to Indonesia for handcuffing three Indonesian enforcement officers and making them put on inmatewears.

Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman made this remark here on Thursday after receiving an Indonesian youth delegation.

Anifah said that if the Malaysian police were acting in accordance with the proper procedures, other countries should respect the process and therefore, the question of asking for an apology did not arise.

At the same time, Anifah said the Malaysian government would not request the Indonesian government to apologize for the quarters who had thrown human faeces into the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia.

Anifah said that the irresponsible action did not reflect the Indonesian government's and majority Indonesians' stand, adding that the Indonesian government had not instigated them to do so.

However, Anifah hoped that the Indonesian government would take stern actions against individuals who were found responsible for the incident that had tarnished both Malaysia's and Indonesia's images.

Local media reported that a group of Indonesians protested in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta on Monday.

While human faeces was thrown into the compound of the embassy, a Malaysian flag was also stomped and smeared with faeces in front of the building.

The root cause of the incident was the arrest of three Indonesian enforcement officers alleged of trespassing the Malaysian waters recently.

The colleagues of the three Indonesian officers had earlier arrested seven Malaysian fishermen whom they claimed had encroached into the Indonesian waters.

The incident has sparked anger among Indonesians, resulting in a group of protesters throwing human faeces into the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia.



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