KUALA LUMPUR: Wisma Putra has yet to decide on the fate of Mu Sochua, an official of a banned Cambodian opposition party who is now detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), said Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Saifuddin said Cambodian officials have requested to deport anyone who is deemed to be with the opposition party, but Wisma Putra has no decision on it yet.
Sochua, who is the vice-president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was held at the KLIA close to midnight. The matter was confirmed by an official from the Malaysian Human Rights Commission.
“We (the government) have received a request. It is a normal request by a government, asking us to send back a certain number of people. We have replied accordingly to the request but we decide on our own.
“I think the authorities simply want to interview her. They probably want to know what her intention is coming here, but as far as Wisma Putra is concerned, we are not in the position to deport people.
“We make our own decisions, not because of any requests or any kind of interference from foreign countries, so I think what Immigration is doing is strictly speaking on our interests.
“We are a pro-democracy government, we follow things very closely, but at the same time we cannot interfere with what happens in other countries,” he told the reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Saifuddin also could not confirm if CNRP’s founder Sam Rainsy was in Malaysia as there was no contact made from the latter to him.
“I know there have been rumours that he is coming to see me. That is definitely not in the pipeline,” he said.
Close to midnight today, Reuters reported that Sochua had been detained by the Malaysian authorities.
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