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Anwar: UMNO played up diplomatic row

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 27 2010   /  10:27 am

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim blamed the Malaysian media and ruling party UMNO for adding to the political tension between Indonesia and Malaysia.Anwar, speaking at a forum in Jakarta on Sunday, said the tendency of Malaysians to hold negative views of Indonesians was attributable, among others, to negative coverage by the Malaysian media of events occurring in Indonesia or involving Indonesians.“When we look at Malaysian media, we see negative reports [about Indonesia]: riots, poor Indonesian migrant workers being dumped. [There is] no positive coverage at all,” he said.“When [Malaysian media] report on [Indonesia’s] Constitutional Court and the Corruption Eradication Commission, it’s covered as if all Indonesians are corrupt, although I know Malaysia is very corrupt too.”The former deputy prime minister of Malaysia said the negative coverage was part of the reas...