Anifah: Nazri is out of line!

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman display utmost displeasure when commenting on the remarks made by Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Nazri Aziz for the Deputy Foreign Minister’s call on the statement that the Ambassador of China to Kuala Lumpur Dr Huang Huikang made after the visit to Petaling Street last Friday.

“No minister has any business in matters pertaining to the Foreign Ministry. Nazri is out of line!”, he said very sternly in an exclusive phone interview.

“It is normal practice that we (Wisma Putra) call foreign envoys to clarify and explain on any statements they made. We want to know whether they did say what was published in the media. It is a mater of public interest and a question of sovereignty”.

The Foreign Minister also added that Wisma Putra have the right to know if these envoys did or did not issue such statements.

“If they did say it or issue statement about it, then we have to tell them not to interfere in matters pertaining to domestic affairs or apologise”.

The Foreign Minister cited the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relation (1961) for this authority to request for an envoy to come forward and explain. “This is normal practice all over the world, to be called in as and when deemed necessary. In the past, we have called the United States, Vatican and Singaporean envoys to Wisma Putra and explain themselves”.

He also added that Nazri did not call him before making such a remark to the media. The remarks Nazri made carried the wrong connotation and public perception on the normal conduct of diplomatic relationship, even with China.

“The Deputy Minister, Chief Secretary (KSU) or any of the Deputy Chief Secretaries (TKUs) are authorised to summon envoys to Wisma Putra for such clarification. We have done this in the past and its a practice”.

He had sanctioned for Ambassador of China to be called in by Wisma Putra and the also added Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has been notified on the matter.

“Nazri does not have to interfere in matters pertaining to Foreign Ministry”.

Anifah showed displeasure for Nazri making the statement, which he regards as out of place. Nazri has taken his faux pas, a little bit too far his time.

*Updated 1700hrs 29 September 2015

Tourism Ninister Dato’ Sri Nazri Aziz admitted that he made a mistake with the statement, commenting on Deputy Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican’s call on Saturday to summon the Chinese envoy.

Pro-Anwarista newsportal story:

My mistake, says Nazri after Anifah rebukes colleagues over China envoy

Published: 29 September 2015 6:07 PM

Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz says he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s affairs but maintains he is experienced enough not to interfere in other ministries. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2015.
Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz says he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s affairs but maintains he is experienced enough not to interfere in other ministries. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2015.
Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz today admitted he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s decision to summon the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia over the latter’s remarks during a visit to Kuala Lumpur’s Petaling Street.

The Star Online today reported that the tourism and culture minister said he had no intention to interfere in Wisma Putra’s affairs, after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman rebuked his Cabinet colleagues for interfering in the ministry’s affairs.

Nazri said he told the Chinese envoy Dr Huang Huikang not to worry because the usual practice was for the foreign minister to summon an ambassador, and not the deputy minister.

“The normal practice in Cabinet when one minister is not in the country, only another minister can act on his behalf, not his own deputy minister,’ Nazri told the Star Online today in a text message from Turkey.
Nazri said as such, he thought the Foreign Ministry did not make a decision to summon Huang as Anifah was away in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

“I thought our foreign minister will call the ambassador himself when he comes back because that is within his power and proper but not his deputy.

“Obviously, I am mistaken and did not know that the foreign minister has instructed his deputy,” he said.

Nazri was quoted as saying that as a minister for 16 years, who had previously covered the foreign minister many times on requests, he concluded that only a minister could act on behalf of Wisma Putra, which was strict on protocol.

“Certainly now that is all changed and I am not aware but one thing is sure, I’m a very experienced minister and interfering is certainly not my intention,” he said in The Star Online report.

Nazri reportedly took Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to task for calling in Huang over remarks by the Chinese envoy during his visit to Petaling Street on Friday.
Following this, Anifah (pic, left) expressed regret over comments by other ministers without referring to him first.

He said the matter could have been solved by Wisma Putra without their interference.

It was reported that Huang had met acting foreign minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin yesterday.

The envoy reportedly said that China was against extremism and racial discrimination, and warned against attempts to use violence to disrupt public order.

His comments came days after a group of “red shirt” protestors tried to get into Petaling Street which is dominated by Chinese traders, on September 16.

The group turned unruly and police had to use water cannon to disperse them. – September 29, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/my-mistake-says-nazri-after-anifah-rebukes-colleagues-over-china-envoy#sthash.XHoETrM9.dpuf

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