Monday, June 18, 2012

The three unwise diplomats from the south in Bersih 3.0 demo

In conjunction with AIDCNews, as a follow up to the report on the involvement of three foreign diplomats in the BERSIH 3.0 demonstrations last April 28, many have asked for the names as well as the country they represent.

“The issue is the identity of the diplomats…where were they from? Are we going to do nothing when another country meddles directly in our affairs?

“We want AIDCNews to come out with the names…we want AIDC to be more responsible and immediately expose the names of the diplomats and their countries,” challenged MyMassa, followed by bicarapenang,jentayuabakasejarahmelayu and talkwithhand.

The others sharing interest in the matter include, blogs wizuraikota, lenggongvalley, aloqaloq and many more.

And so, here we are…the country in question is Singapore, whose three staff members of its High Commission in Malaysia were positively identified as among those actively participating in the demonstrations.

They comprised:

1.      First Secretary (Political), Regina LOW Kay Yin (, who wore the ‘regulation’ BERSIH 3.0 yellow T-shirt.

2.      First Secretary (Political), Philomena AW Li Fen (

3.      Deputy High Commissioner and Counsellor, Ariel Eunice TAN Hwi Tiang (

All three are diplomatic staff members at the Singapore High Commission in Malaysia, Level 15, West Wing, The Icon, No.1, Jalan 1/68F, Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur.

In a related matter, last June 11, Malaysian Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said, although their presence may have been to gather information or something else, it was not a smart move.

The minister expressed concern that what they did would cast a negative perception, since in all realities they should be more sensitive to the good relationship between this country and theirs.

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.

Meanwhile, in its latest post, MyMassa Monday revealed what is known as the PACA Training Programme, which allegedly forms the basis for Singapore’s involvement in Malaysian politics.

The blog published photos relating to the PACA programme held at 223A/B, River Valley Road, Singapore.

As adjunct to what was revealed by MyMassa, the unspinners, mynewshub and just read carried reports on the visit by several Singapore diplomats and their ensuing closed-door meeting with Kedah Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.

The blogs severally posed one pertinent question: ‘What were their motives, in view that what transpired was clearly contrary to the ethics of a diplomatic officer…?”

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