The Bangladeshi High Commission has dismissed allegations of their citizens being granted Malaysian citizenship.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government of Bangladesh has denied that their Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, issued a statement via her office claiming Bangladeshi workers here will be granted Malaysian citizenship and accorded the rights to vote in elections.
Refuting online news portal reports on the matter as baseless fabricated lies, Bangladesh's High Commissioner to Malaysia, A.K.M. Atiqur Rahman, said Sheikh Hasina had not made any such statement and that the journalist who came up with the articles had no ethics.
Several news portals here had reported that Sheikh Hasina made the damning statement via the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office.
“I'm certain our Prime Minister has not made any such remarks as published in those news portals. None of the Malaysian journalists who came up with the articles had the courtesy or initiative to verify such wild allegations with the High Commission here.
"I'm perplexed with such unprofessionalism," Atiqur Rahman said when The Mole contacted him to verify those reports.
Atiqur was also not aware of the website of the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Prime Minister's Office being hacked.
Citing one such report in the Malaysia Chronicle as an example, a fuming Atiqur questioned how such an ill-motivated report could be published without any attempt to verify the facts.
Atiqur explained that during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the recent World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur , Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had discussed legalising the illegal Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, not making them Malaysian.
Despite the Bangladeshi High Commissioner's dismissal of such claims, lawyer and Malaysian Civil Liberty Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim maintained his allegations that Umno was responsible for issuing foreign workers with MyKads to enable them to vote in Penang in the next election.
Although his posting came as a response to the news published in The Malaysian Insider, Haris said they were two separate issues.
“From the information I received, I have been told of plans to get the foreign workers at mamak restaurants in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to be given MyKad and registered to vote in Penang,” he alleged.
Asked when he would be able to furnish the evidence to support his allegations, Haris said the investigation was a time-consuming process but assured that he would be making a major revelation soon.
Blogger Sinatra_Z has also jumped into the fray and questioned the whole fun-fair surrounding the issue of Bangladeshi nationals being granted citizenship here as most of the reports which appeared on the various newsportals and blogs lacked facts.
He also chided an Opposition Member of Parliament who had demanded the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the matter even before the issue was verified.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has dismissed the claims as 'totally untrue'.
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