Saturday December 11, 2004

Malaysia's government concerned about
Anwar's comment

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak has hit out at opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim, after the latter suggested that Malaysia was less democratic than Indonesia.
He says Mr Anwar had focussed on talking about Indonesia's achievements and had not touched on Malaysia's successes.
Mr Razak was commenting on Mr Anwar's remarks on Friday that Indonesia enjoyed freedom of expression that was unrivalled by any other Islamic country.
Winding up a four-day visit to Indonesia, the first since he was freed in September after almost six years in jail, former deputy premier Anwar criticised the state of human rights in Malaysia and said there was no press freedom.
He praised Indonesia, saying the world's most populous Muslim nation is a bastion of freedom which has successfully united democracy with Islam.
His comments came at the end of a four-day visit to Indonesia, which held its first direct presidential election in September and where Mr Anwar has many friends among the elite.
The former Malaysian deputy premier received a warm welcome from top officials, including Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
He says there is freedom in Indonesia to preach, criticise and publish in a free media.
Mr Anwar says there is no other Islamic country that has freedoms like it.


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