Hornbill Unleashed

July 15, 2013

Now Malay NGOs demand Vatican embassy closed, envoy expelled

LEE SHI-IAN

The government has been urged to close down the Vatican City embassy in Malaysia and expel the ambassador Archbishop Joseph Marino for interfering in domestic affairs.

Utusan Malaysia reported that a coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations said strong measures were needed against Marino for misusing his diplomatic immunity.

“Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic ties, Marino has clearly overstepped his authority as an ambassador by interfering in the domestic affairs of Malaysia,” said Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin.

A spokesman for the coalition of NGOs, Nasharudin Mat Isa, a former PAS deputy president, said Marino’s support for the local Catholic Church to use the word “Allah” was unacceptable. (more…)

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