Killings in Malaysia

Updated 22 January 2017
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Killings in Malaysia

This refers to the article, “Myanmar warns its workers in Malaysia after 5 hacked to death,” (Jan. 10). It is sad to see poor workers living abroad bearing the brunt of their government’s racist policies. The recent killings on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur is a result of Myanmar’s wrong policies toward the Rohingya. It is an eye-opener for other regimes that promote violence to achieve gains.
The killings in Malaysia must be condemned equally, as human lives are precious regardless of religion or caste. Though Myanmar is under tremendous pressure from the UN and the international community, the government and its army seem resolved not to tackle the Rohingya issue at all, creating security problems for their own people abroad.
Though the moderate Aung San Suu Kyi won the elections, the situation of the Rohingya is getting worse by the day. A recent report by her government even denied the killings of Muslims in the country’s impoverished Rakhine state. Regardless, those responsible for the killings in Malaysia must be caught and punished.
Statics show that the employment rate in Myanmar is not that good. Thousands go to neighboring countries seeking a better future. It is their regime that is responsible for the Rohingya crisis, not them. The Malaysian government must act fast to bring the culprits to justice.
 


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia