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NEWS RELEASE

 

LAURIE BRERETON MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

60/98

21 September 1998

 

 

MALAYSIA: ARREST OF ANWAR IBRAHIM

 

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurie Brereton, today expressed serious concern at the overnight arrest of former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

 

“The employment of riot police clad in black balaclavas to suppress a political opponent has all the hallmarks of a regime determined to resist the tide of economic and political change”, Mr Brereton, said.

 

“It would be a disaster, both for Malaysia and the region, for the Malaysian Government to embark on a crackdown on political dissent instead of accepting the necessity for real economic and political reform.”

 

“Anwar Ibrahim has made an enormous contribution to Malaysia. He has been a sharp critic of the so-called ‘Asian values’ approach to human rights.”

 

“Anwar’s determination, and the courage of his wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and their five children, have the admiration of their many friends in Australia and all those who support human rights and democratic freedoms."

 

 

Contact: Philip Dorling (02) 6277 4717 or 0416 203 058

 

 

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