Annuar: Opposition have no locus standi to question gov't's handling of Jong-nam's murder


JERLUN: Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa today took a swipe at the opposition for questioning the government’s handling of Kim Jong-nam’s murder and diplomatic ties with North Korea.

Annuar questioned whether the opposition leaders are merely concerned by the fact that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s approval rates has gone up following the latter’s firm stand on the issues.

“It seems to me that they are worried that the way the Prime Minister is handling this matter is getting favourable response from the people.

“Their concern is not really surprising because whatever good news for the governments is bad news for the opposition,” he said after opening the Jerlun Umno division veteran annual general meeting in Kampung Tanjung, Padang Serai here today as he concluded his two-day road show in Kedah.

Annuar stressed that it makes no sense for the government to try to score political points in handling the murder investigation as it is the responsibility of the government to uphold the country’s rule of law and sovereignty.

“The government’s stand on this matter is very clear; we want to make sure that all the investigation processes are completed according to standard procedures since the crime was committed on our soil.

“We have the responsibility to do justice to the family of the deceased, but that does not mean that we want to sever our diplomatic ties with them (North Korea).

“In fact they (the opposition) have no locus standi to tell the government what to do over this matter,” he said.

He was commenting on a statement by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Pas MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, who said that the strained Malaysia-North Korea relationship should not be used to score political points.

Annuar urged all quarters to put aside political differences as the matter involved the nation’s interest and sovereignty.

The relationship between Malaysia and North Korea soured following Jong-nam’s mysterious murder at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.