Mazlan Othmanís appointment as UN director for outer space a real honour and credit to Malaysia


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The appointment of the National Space Science Division director-general Professor Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman as director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is a real honour and credit to Malaysia.

The first woman from a developing country to be appointed director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, Mazlanís main role would be overseeing UN space activities.

Recently, Malaysiaís international reputation and standing had been at an all-time low, suffering repeated buffetings, whether in the Murray Hiebert case where Malaysia became the first Commonwealth country to jail a journalist for contempt of court in the last fifty years, or the Lim Guan case where a MP was jailed for  defending the honour, dignity, women rights and human rights of an underaged victim of statutory rape, or the Anwar Ibrahim case with regard to the latest revelation of his arsenic poisoning and government inaction on his four police reports about corruption and abuses of power at  the highest levels of government, or the worst national and international crisis of confidence in the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Malaysia.

Mazlan has done the country proud in at least allowing Malaysians to momentarily celebrate the achievements of Malaysians who have received international recognition and  achieved excellence or  distinction in their special fields of endeavour.

The best way to honour Mazlan for bringing credit to Malaysia is for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, gender or age, to make a commitment to purge the country of the adverse international reputation as a nation which does not honour and respect the basic freedoms of her people and the fundamental principles of a civil society - such as the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, freeom of expression, a free press and a meaningful democratic system.

(16/9/99)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong