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Najib: Wife of Indonesian envoy was not detained

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/10/10/nation/19129365&sec=nation PUTRAJAYA: The Indonesian Embassy’s assertion that Rela officers had detained a wife of a diplomat during an operation was wrong, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the Indonesian diplomat’s wife was not detained but was asked to wait until the authorities could verify her credentials.

“It just took them time to verify her documents. The report that she was detained is not right,” he told reporters after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers here yesterday.

It was reported earlier that the Indonesian Embassy had issued two separate statements on the detention and ill-treatment of two Indonesians, including Muslianah Nurdin, an attaché’s wife, at Chow Kit Road and a student Muhammad Yunus Lubis in Kajang.

In a press statement, Rela director-general Datuk Zaidon Asmuni refuted claims that his officers had ill-treated the two.

In the Oct 6 operation with the Dang Wangi district police at Chow Kit Road, he said Rela officers saw two Indonesians acting suspiciously and took them to a police station to check their credentials.

He said that while Muslianah produced an identification card issued by Wisma Putra, the other woman did not have any documents on her.

“After investigation, we found out that she was the wife of the Indonesian embassy’s Education and Culture attaché and released her to her son who produced other credentials,” he said, adding that the other woman was sent to the Pudu Prison.

In the Oct 7 operation in Kajang, Zaidon said Muhammad Yunus had opened the door to his house and the officers had no need to use any force as claimed by the embassy.

Meanwhile, Indonesian legislators have called for diplomatic action against Malaysia over the alleged incident, Reuters reported.

“Things like this happen again and again. If we stay silent they will think we Indonesians are stupid,” said Yusron Ihza Mahendra, deputy chairman of a parliament commission on foreign affairs, referring to the treatment of Indonesians.


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