by Ganesh Sahathevan
There was no need for Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican to have made these comments against Saudi Arabia,and in support of Qatar:
"Malaysia will ensure good relationships with any country. After ties soured between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, we remain in good contact with both. If there are allegations that because of Malaysia's good relationship with Saudi Arabia we are not allowed to have a healthy relationship with Qatar ... that's not the policy that we practice.
"Recently, Malaysia received a visit from the Emir of Qatar (Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al Thani) and several substantive agreements were achieved during the visit,"
We have always been pragmatic. When the time comes for us to call a spade a spade, we will do that,” Reezal said in his winding up of the Supply Bill at the committee stage here today.
It does look as if the Najib administration is taking measures to ensure the elephant that is the 1MDB theft remains somewhat hidden, even despite all this that has just occurred:
Adding to the Deputy Minister's comments are comments from an official from the Religious Department ,which reports directly to PM Najib,demanding that the proposed King Salman Centre for International Peace in Putrajaya, the administrative capital ,be scrapped.
Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salman is scheduled to officiate at the opening of the Centre in the coming year.