PETALING JAYA: A gaggle of former ambassadors is planning to put in writing a letter of protest to Wisma Putra following a fiasco involving the prime minister’s go to to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) late final month.
Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin, who as soon as served as an envoy to the Netherlands, advised FMT that a lot of her former colleagues have been “outraged” on the method wherein the matter was dealt with.
They have been notably dismayed with the recall of the ambassador, Tarid Sufian, and consul-general Hasril Abdul Hamid from their posts.
Noor Farida, who’s a part of the G25 group of former civil servants, claims the present batch of officers, with whom she is involved, is disillusioned and disheartened by this flip of occasions.
“We are all outraged that the foreign minister is not defending his own turf,” she mentioned, referring to Saifuddin Abdullah.
She mentioned that primarily based on textual content messages she exchanged together with her former colleagues in Wisma Putra, the anger was largely aimed on the minister and “non-performing officers” on the Prime Minister’s Office.
She additionally mentioned that a lot of her former colleagues know Tarid personally.
“They all say that he is a competent diplomatic officer who should not have been treated in such a shabby manner, especially when the debacle was not his fault.”
On Sunday, FMT reported that overseas ministry officers have been believed to be fuming after the duo have been ordered dwelling and put in chilly storage for the shortage of official “guest status” for Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s go to to the UAE final month.
Sources advised FMT that Tarid and Hasril have been the one senior officers current on the airport to obtain Ismail when he landed in Dubai.
There have been no prime UAE officers current, not like the same old protocol which can see a senior minister of the host nation being formally assigned to obtain overseas dignitaries.
One supply mentioned the ambassador had advised Wisma Putra concerning the UAE authorities’s reservations on the timing of Ismail’s go to in view of the a whole lot of VIPs coming from everywhere in the world every day for the Dubai World Expo 2021. Apparently, this fell on deaf ears.
Wisma Putra, in confirming that the duo had been recalled from the put up, blamed them for failing to make correct preparations for Ismail’s go to, which noticed the latter bear an extended look ahead to passport and immigration clearance on the airport.
Ismail was additionally not supplied safety protection or a motorcade as was the usual process.
Noor Farida mentioned if she was Saifuddin, she would lodge a robust protest to the prime minister on the weekly Cabinet assembly over “the way that our ambassador to the UAE was treated”.
“People have been whacking him on Twitter, including yours truly. He deserves it!” FMT
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