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Newsline: Security guard sacked from US embassy to ask if foreign missions immune to Malaysian law

A former security guard who says he was dismissed from employment at the US embassy here will write to the human resources minister to clarify whether foreign missions are immune to local laws. The man’s lawyer, Ragunath Kesavan, said this is to ensure that Malaysian employees get justice when they file action against employers who are from foreign states, whether in court or in a tribunal. “I will be writing to the minister (M Kula Segaran) to get an answer on whether foreign missions are shielded from action,” he told FMT. (https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/05/27/security-guard-sacked-from-us-embassy-to-ask-if-foreign-missions-immune-to-local-law/) Ragunath, a former Malaysian Bar president, was responding to the decision by Industrial Court chairman Gulam Muhiaddeen Abdul Aziz to adjourn proceedings to June 17. This came after the US embassy claimed that the court notice as well as the service to the embassy were defective. Ragunath’s legal firm is appearing for L Subramaniam, who was sacked 11 years ago. Kula Segaran only referred the case to the court last year. Subramaniam, who served the embassy for 21 years, is seeking reinstatement. The embassy, represented by Amerdeep Singh, said on May 24 that under Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the notice cannot be served directly to the embassy but must go through diplomatic channels. Amerdeep also said his client must be given 60 days to respond. According to him, the embassy also claims that the notice must be directed to the US government. Gulam instructed Subramaniam to respond to these objections on June 17. PSM central committee member S Arutchelvan, who helped Subramaniam file the case, said the embassy’s refusal to submit to local jurisdiction only revealed its arrogance.


Newsline: Malaysia looking to establish embassy in Palestine

Malaysia hopes to open an embassy in Palestine even though it may be tough going, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. He said that while it is impractical to do so given the situation, the move is important to enable Malaysia’s extension of aid to the Palestinians, who have been oppressed by the Tel Aviv regime for decades. (https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/16/malaysia-looking-to-establish-embassy-in-palestine-says-foreign-minister/1743849) “When? That is the second question. But the ambition and commitment must be there, and preparations must start. “It is the duty and the responsibility of sovereign countries (such as Malaysia) to help the people in countries facing difficult situations and injustices for years, since 1948 (when Israel was formed),” he said.

Newsline: Malaysia and Indonesia sink Australia’s Embassy move to Jerusalem

Forget about Australia moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Veiled Malaysian suggestions of terrorist attacks on Australian targets if the Embassy is moved coupled with Indonesian threats to not sign a free trade agreement with Australia – will suffice to burst Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s thought-bubble. Australia gave Indonesia $360 million in aid in 2016 and was the world’s 16th largest donor in giving $15 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Indonesia gave UNRWA $5000 in 2016 – whilst Malaysia gave nothing. Indonesia and Malaysia – two Islamic states – flex their muscles on Islamic claims to Jerusalem – yet pathetically fail to financially support their Islamic brethren.


Newsline: Australia, Malaysia in war of words over Israel embassy shift

Australia’s treasurer on Friday said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a history of anti-Jewish statements in an escalating war of words over the possibility Australia might move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison first proposed the move during a local election campaign last month, sparking concern from Indonesia and Malaysia. Mahathir, 93, raised the potential relocation in a meeting with Morrison in Singapore on Thursday, later telling reporters he feared it could increase the threat of attacks. “I pointed out that in dealing with terrorism, one has to know the causes,” Mahathir said. “Adding to the cause for terrorism is not going to be helpful.” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg responded saying Canberra would make its own decisions, and pointing out the Malaysian leader’s past comments about Jewish people. “He has called Jews ‘hooked-nosed people’. He has questioned the number of people that have been killed in the Holocaust. He banned Schindler’s List as a movie being shown,” Frydenberg, the son of a Holocaust survivor, told reporters in Melbourne.


Newsline: Malaysia to reopen embassy in North Korea

Malaysia will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said, suggesting an end to the diplomatic row over the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur last year. “Yes, we will reopen the embassy,” Mahathir said in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review published on Monday during his trip to Japan. Malaysia’s once-close ties with North Korea were severely downgraded after Kim Jong Nam was killed at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017 when two women smeared his face with VX nerve agent, which the United Nations lists as a weapon of mass destruction. The United States and South Korea have said the murder was orchestrated by Pyongyang. After Kim Jong Nam’s death, North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia questioned the credibility of the police probe and insisted he was an ordinary citizen who died of a heart attack. Malaysia then recalled its ambassador to North Korea, banned its citizens from traveling to the North and canceled visa-free entry for North Koreans. North Korea retaliated with a travel ban on all Malaysians in Pyongyang, trapping three diplomats and six family members. They were able to fly out only after Malaysia agreed to hand over Kim Jong Nam’s corpse and send three North Koreans wanted for questioning back to North Korea.


Newsline: Palestinian embassy denies involvement in scholar’s assassination

The Palestinian embassy in Malaysia denies allegations of the involvement of members of its intelligence service in the assassination of Palestinian scholar Fadi al-Batsh in Kuala Lumpur last month. Al-Batsh, 35, was shot by two attackers as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers in the Setapak district of the capital, police said.


Newsline: Vietnamese woman kills herself at embassy in Kuala Lumpur

A Vietnamese woman died after she stabbed herself at the Vietnam Embassy here. Tran Thi Mai, 37, was believed to have gone to the embassy to enquire about her travel documents before the incident, which occurred at around 11.30am Monday (April 2). Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Shaharuddin Abdullah said the police received a report from an embassy staff about the incident. “Our investigations revealed that the woman had gone to the embassy to settle matters on her travel documents,” he said when contacted. He said she was in discussion with the staff there when she lost her cool. “She got enraged and started shouting at the staff before she pulled out a knife from one of her pockets. “She stabbed herself in the chest and was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur by one of her countrymen who was at the embassy at the time,” he said, adding that the woman succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical treatment.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/02/vietnamese-woman-kills-herself-at-embassy/