A lawyer has urged Malaysians not to over-react to US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslim refugees and immigrants, warning that it could be seen as meddling in the affairs of the United States.
Lawyer S N Nair said Trump’s executive order, signed last Friday, had initially invited criticisms and protests but added that the order was later explained and clarified.
“Moreover, the judiciary in that country has issued a stay order pending a hearing,” he said.
Nair said this in response to opposition parties urging Putrajaya to take a strong stand against Washington over the issue.
Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Saifuddin Abdullah had called for a protest in front of the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur next Friday.
Saifuddin said the rally should be supported by all Malaysians since it involved the issue of religion and human rights.
Nair said events in the US since last Friday had demonstrated that civil society, the opposition and the judiciary there had reacted decisively against the order.
“The rule of law in that country is very much alive and so is the independence of the judiciary,” he said.
Nair, who has been closely following the issue, said there was no reason for Malaysia and its citizens to be overzealous as the order has been explained by the Trump administration.
“The interim ban does not involve Muslims across the board or Malaysia,” he added.
Trump’s executive order will keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations out for three months. The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
This is the “extreme vetting” Trump promised during the presidential campaign last year.
On Sunday, the president further clarified that the order was not a ban against Muslims but a move that would keep the United States safe from terrorists.
Source : V Anbalagan @ FMT Online