Monday, November 28, 2005

PM Orders Independent Inquiry on Squatgate

This is the assurance given by the Prime Minister of Malaysia: "Malaysia has given an assurance that there is no policy against Chinese visitors to the country."

“We encourage them (Chinese tourist, including the beautiful women) to come. We want them to come,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said there was no policy against Chinese tourists and businessmen and they were welcome to visit the country.

Abdullah said: “If there had been incidents involving some Chinese nationals, caused by a government official – whether by an immigration officer or a police officer – we apologise for that.”

“But these people and their actions certainly do not represent the entire service or the attitude of the Government towards Chinese visitors who come to Malaysia, for whatever purpose,” he stressed.

The assurance came following several incidents involving Chinese nationals and a recent video clip which showed a naked woman doing ear squats while in police custody.

Prime Minister, Abdullah calls for an immediate probe into the incident, with no cover-ups.