(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Malaysiakini today reported that the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur has announced new entry and exit regulations which will require some Malaysians to be specially registered, fingerprinted and photographed on entering the US.
The US embassy said the country’s National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) will be expanded from Oct 1 to include registration of “some Malaysians” as well as “some individuals from every country”, based on “information about the current threat of terrorism”.
Last Friday, when DAP leaders met the United States Charge d’affaires Robert A. Pollard at the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to protest at the US Immigration blacklisting of Malaysia as one of the 15 “terrorist-risk” countries from October 1, Robert Pollard promised to convey the DAP’s views to the Bush Administration but he did intimate that “things would get worse” and that the US Embassy would be “even more unpopular” with several new measures in the pipeline to deal with the terrorist threat in the United States, although he did not spell out these measures at the time.
It is now clear that the US Embassy announcement today is one of the measures hinted by Robert Pollard which would make the US Administration “even more unpopular”.
With the worsening of US branding of Malaysia from “terrorist-risk” state to “terrorist suspect” state even before the new US Immigration measures come into force tomorrow, DAP calls on the Malaysian government to take a very serious view of the four bad news for the country in the last ten days of September, viz:
Yesterday, on his return from the Asia-Europe meeting (Asem) in Copenhagen, . Mahathir was contemptuous of Canada’s move to impose visas on Malaysians, dismissing questions that Malaysia should try to reverse Canada’s decision by saying that “I don’t think we should do anything. That is their (Canada’s) business”.
The spate of adverse news for Malaysia in the last 10 days of September which are all related to Malaysia’s image as a “terrorist state” are highly detrimental to Malaysia’s economic prospects, whether in terms of Malaysia as a centre for tourism or foreign investments, and must be regarded as a grave national problem.
DAP calls on the Cabinet on Wednesday to convene an all-party meeting to address the spate of four international reverses suffered by Malaysia in the last 10 days of September, and to work out a national and international strategy to win back international confidence that Malaysia is not a “terrorist-risk”, “terrorist-suspect” or “terrorist-sponsoring” state before more bad news descend on Malaysians in October.