Singapore diplomats were named to be involved during the Bersih 3.0 rally last April
KUALA LUMPUR: The alleged involvement of foreign diplomats during the Bersih 3.0 rally is widely discussed in the Malaysian blogosphere.
Apart from foreign diplomats' involvement, few blogs also highlighted a special programme purportedly organised in Singapore which is specially designed to interfere with Malaysia's 13th General Election process.
A blog post at AnwarAIDC named three Singaporean officers from the High Commission office to be involved which includes - its First Secretary (Political) Regina Low and Philomena Aw as well as Deputy High Commissioner and Counsellor Ariel Eunice Tan.
“The active participation of the three diplomats in moving along with the protesting group from Petaling Street to Dataran Merdeka was clearly in contravention of ethics under ‘Article 41 (1) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961’, which forbids diplomats from meddling in the affairs of another nation,” the post stated.
The post also linked the speech made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Anifah Aman during a luncheon with Asean leaders on June 11.
During the speech, Anifah who received reports of the involvement by foreign diplomats during the rally said: “Whether such involvement or participation is truly for information gathering or otherwise, it is definitely not a good move.”
“I am worried that such a move may lead to some negative perceptions. Worse still, diplomats concerned may get involved or injured in unfortunate incidents, given the unruly nature of street demonstrations,” he added.
Following the allegation, another blog post at MyMassa urged the government to take serious action regarding the involvement of foreign diplomats in Malaysian politics.
“We view this matter seriously. We hope the government will call these diplomats and send a Protest Note to them,” the post read, adding that any inaction by the government will only leave impressions to Singapore that the Malaysian law and the police force is weak.
In another related issue pertaining foreign involvements for the Malaysia’s GE 13, a blog post by MyMassa on Monday published several photos of PACA (Polling Agent and Counting Agent) Training Programme, which allegedly forms the basis for Singapore’s involvement in Malaysian politics.
One of the photos showed a print screen from the PACA Facebook page where it stated that the programme, scheduled on May 19 was intended to teach participants to cheat in voting so that they can stop the cheating during the GE13.
It also stated there will be a shortage of PACAs for non-BN parties as compared to BN due to better machinery and resources during the election.
"However, as a PACA, you may volunteer for any party of your choice to ensure free and fair election," the statement suggested.
Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia columnist and deputy editor Datuk Zaini Hassan in his column on Wednesday wrote the authority should not keep allegations away from the public.
Zaini described the allegations, which showed how foreign power attempts to influence Malaysians and to overthrow the ruling government as shocking.
“Malaysia has always been nice to its neighbours under the spirit of Asean but it is often ignored. If such allegations are true, Malaysia should not let it persist” he added.
Attempts to contact High Commission of The Republic of Singapore for clarifications by The Mole have not been successful.