Syed Hamid Refutes Media Report
Azahari Got Funds From M'sia

By Salbiah Said (From Bernama of November 17, 2005)

BUSAN (South Korea), Nov 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar Thursday refuted an Indonesian media report that slain Malaysian bomb expert Dr Azahari Husin had received funds from Malaysia for his terror activities in the republic.
Nevertheless, he said, the police would act to determine the actual situation.
The influential "Media Indonesia" newspaper had reported that Malaysia was the source of funds for the activities of a group of terrorists linked to Azahari, who was shot dead by Indonesian police in East Java on Nov 9, and another Malaysian militant Noordin Mat Top who is in Indonesia as well.
"Frequently, Malaysia is often linked to terrorism. I wish to emphasise that the Malaysian government does not have anything to show that the funds came from Malaysia," he told reporters when relating his discussion with fellow Asean foreign ministers here last night.
"If there is such information, we have to use the common channels to investigate whether there is any truth to the report. A general statement gives a negative implication that Malaysia is supporting terrorists," he said.
"This is something inaccurate and negative to Malaysia. I hope we can analyse such information to determine the mastermind involved in such activity so that we can take firm action," he said.
Syed Hamid said Malaysia was opposed to any form of terrorism and had no interest in supporting any terrorist group, and if there were groups involved, it would take action according to the proper channels.
The "Media Indonesia" report had quoted Wawan H. Purwanto, a local intelligence observer, as saying that a foreign diplomat (of an undisclosed country) who had immunity was the contact person who helped to channel the money to the terrorist group.
Syed Hamid said the Indonesian government had not conveyed any information of a foreign diplomat but added that an investigation would be carried out and the police would act to determine the actual situation.
On his meeting with his counterparts from the other Asean countries, Syed Hamid said they discussed the relocation of Myanmar's administrative capital from Yangon to Pyinmana, 320 km north of Yangon, and hoped that Myanmar would explain the reason for the move.
"When a fellow Asean country relocates its administrative capital and we are not in the know, it can be embarrassing," he said.
Myanmar watchers have said the relocation was to ensure a better-fortified seat of government in case the country came under attack.
Earlier, Syed Hamid had bilateral meetings with Peruvian Foreign Minister Manuel Carlos Maurtua and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters.


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