Friday, 31 May 2013

Malaysians please listen, if you break the law in a foreign country, be prepared as you are on your own

This is how a Government should act and say when foreigners decide to illegally demonstrate in their country and then other foreigners decide to politicize a straight law breaking issue:

Don’t meddle, warns Singapore


JOHOR BARU: SINGAPORE has warned Malaysian politicians to stay out of the country's domestic affairs

This follows a statement from a DAP politician appealing for leniency in the case of 21 Malaysians detained for holding illegal protests in the island republic on May 8 and 11.

A joint statement from Singapore's Home Affairs and Foreign ministries said the actions of those detained -- to seek the aid of "foreign parties" -- were attempts to seek special treatment to further politicise a domestic law and order issue in Singapore.

"This is precisely why we have always taken a strong stand against the importation of foreign issues and politics into Singapore.

"Singapore values our strong bilateral relations with our neighbours. These are based on mutual respect and the principle of non-interference in each other's domestic affairs.

"Singapore does not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries. In turn, Singapore will not tolerate outside forces interfering in our internal affairs," it stated.

The statement said foreigners who break the law in Singapore should be prepared to face the consequences, including having their visas or work passes revoked.

"It is clear that some of the Malaysians who participated in the two illegal gatherings at Merlion Park deliberately ignored repeated warnings that the protests were illegal, and that foreigners should not import the differences that they may have over issues in their countries into Singapore.

"They broke Singaporean laws and have to be dealt with accordingly."

Of those detained, Singapore revoked the work pass of one and visit passes of two others. The remaining 18 are still being investigated.
Several of the protesters have contacted politicians in Malaysia for aid, including Kulai member of parliament Teo Nie Ching, who had appealed to the Singapore government for leniency.

It was reported that several other Pakatan members of parliament had sent a petition to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur last week.

Attempts to contact the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry for a reaction to the statement from the two Singapore ministries went unanswered.

However, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad warned Malaysians who broke laws overseas that their travel documents could be revoked for several years upon their return home.

He said the same could be done if Malaysians tarnished the country's image while overseas.

Alias said those found breaking laws or tarnishing the country's image could have their passports revoked for between three and five years, depending on the severity of the case.

"This is provided for under the Passport Act 1966, which authorises us to revoke any passports if the holders are found to have abused it.

"It is clearly written that the passport remains the property of the Malaysian government and may be withdrawn at anytime.

"For those who have abused their travel documents, we have an even more solid reason to stop the holders from leaving the country for three to five years."

He said such a ruling would apply to the three Malaysians who had their work and visit passes revoked by the Singapore government.

Its good to see the DAP and the rest of the Pakatan being publicly rebuked for trying to put their dirty fingers in Singapore's internal affairs. Let this be a lesson for all Malaysians, if you break the law of another country, be prepared to face the consequences, you are on your own.

1 comment:

zakzak said...

The passport of the law breaker will be revoked for 3-5 years, right?

Nak wat mende kita simpan political law breaker dalam Malaysia?

Baik ada satu undang2 halang mereka balik Malaysia. biar la dia duduk kat luar Malaysia, bukankah Malaysia ini will go to the dogs menurut mereka?