Syed Hamid, Hishammuddin:
Malaysia will send an official protest note to the European Union over the remarks made by its ambassador Thierry Rommel, which Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has described as an interference in the country’s internal affairs.
“Ambassador Rommel will be summoned to the Foreign Ministery to meet a Wisma Putra official. Our ambassador in Brussels Datuk Kamal Yan Yahya will also meet with the European Union external affairs officials and ask them about Rommel’s statement,” Syed Hamid told Malaysian journalists here yesterday.
He said Rommel, the head of the European Commission delegation to Malaysia, had failed to understand his role as a diplomatic envoy which was to promote relations and not to cause problems.
“Furthermore, his statements are inaccurate.
“How can he say that foreign investors have lost confidence in Malaysia when our capital and equity markets are growing at a very fast pace?” the Foreign Minister said.
On Friday, Rommel was quoted by AP as saying that the NEP was discriminatory and amounted to protectionism against foreign companies.
He added that the Government was using the NEP as an excuse to practise “significant protectionism of its own market,” including the automotive sector, steel, consumer goods, agricultural products, services and government contracts.
In Kuala Lumpur, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein described Rommel’s remarks as arrogant and extreme.
He said Rommel had made a statement that was out of his duty as the head of the EC delegation.
“He should not interfere in the internal administration of the country,” he told a press conference at the Malaysian Red Crescent Society an-nual general meeting yesterday.
Source: The Star
Malaysia has warned the EU ambassador here not to meddle in its affairs after remarks criticising affirmative action policies that favour the country�s majority ethnic Malays. Weekend news reports said Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said the envoy, Thierry Rommel, should not comment on internal politics.
�An envoy should not make any comments pertaining to the policies of the country he is attached to,� Najib said, according to the Star daily.
�This can be construed as trying to interfere in the internal administration of the country,� he added.