The Singapore High Commission described the allegation of its officers' involvement as mysterious. (Graphic by: Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: A Singapore diplomat has denied participating in the Bersih 3.0 rally last April.
Its Deputy High Commissioner and Counsellor Ariel Eunice Tan on Thursday told The Mole: “Singaporean diplomats did not take part in the Bersih rally.”
“None of us wore yellow or participated in the rally. I personally do not understand how people can make such allegations against us,” she added.
Ariel was commenting on a blog post at AnwarAIDC which alleged three Singaporean officers from the High Commission office were involved in the rally on April 28.
The blog named Ariel together with the two High Commission's First Secretary (Political) Regina Low and Philomena Aw taking part in Bersih 3.0.
“To be frank, we were shocked to learn that people alleged us of something we did not do.”
“There were accusations of us wanting to interfere in the Malaysian politics. There is no reason for us to do that.”
She maintained of having no knowledge of how such allegations were made against them, describing it as mysterious.
Ariel said the diplomats’ jobs include strengthening ties between the Singapore government and the ruling government of Malaysia.
“We are very happy with the bi-lateral relationship we have now. We have been working hard to maintain that.”
Asked whether the High Commission would take any action against the perpetrator of the allegation Ariel said: “The problem is we do not know who we should lodge the report against. They were no names or any details of them.”
“There might be parties who are not happy with the good relationship we have. But I must say again, the Singapore diplomats do not wish to take part or interfere in Malaysian politics.”
Despite the denial, it was today reported that Wisma Putra had summoned High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong over the involvement of the three Singaporean diplomats in the Bersih rally on April 28.
Meanwhile Bersih 3.0 Singapore co-ordinator Ong Guan Sing in a news report on Friday denied allegations that the movement was linked with Singapore’s interference.
A blog post by MyMassa on Monday published several photos of PACA (Polling Agent and Counting Agent) Training Programme, which allegedly forms the basis for Singapore’s involvement in Malaysian politics.
Bersih 3.0 Singapore described the allegations as “ridiculous” saying the talk was a Malaysian event organised by Malaysians for Malaysians living abroad on their voting rights.
Prior to this, the visit of Singapore’s Foreign Minister Masagos Zulkifli has also ruffled some feathers in Malaysia when he allegedly decided to visit Pas Kedah administration centre in May.
A blog post at Mynewshub stated: “If this is true, we are mad because the action clearly show that Singapore simply disrespect their diplomatic ties between two countries as they visited the administration office of the opposition party in Malaysia.”