Govt to continue protect Malaysia’s interest in Sudan

by AZREEN HANI/pic by AFP

THE Malaysian government will continue to undertake efforts to safeguard Malaysia’s interest in Sudan amid the news of military takeover in the country.

These interests include Malaysia’s asset such as the Petroliam Nasional Nasional Berhad (Petronas) Sudan Complex, which also houses the Embassy of Malaysia; and Agencies of the United Nationsand international organisations.

Wisma Putra said it is closely monitoring developments in the country.

“According to the Embassy of Malaysia in Khartoum, all 42 Malaysians, including 27
students registered with the Embassy are safe. The Embassy officials are in close contact with them,” the ministry said in a statement today.

“As a matter of urgency, the above matters and concern pertaining to the safety of
Malaysians in The Sudan were conveyed to the Sudanese Charge d’ Affaires, who was summoned to Wisma Putra this afternoon,” it added.

The Ministry advises Malaysians requiring consular assistance in The Sudan that they may contact the Embassy of Malaysia in Khartoum, or Wisma Putra itself.

AFP reported that armed forces detained Sudan’s prime minister over his refusal to support their “coup”, the information ministry said, after weeks of tensions between the military and civilian figures sharing power since the ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council and ministers in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government had also been detained, the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.

Internet services were cut across the country and the main roads and bridges connecting with Khartoum shuttered, it added.

Previously Istanbul-based Daily Sabah news outlet quoted sources that Sudan’s transitional government issued the warrant against Petronas’ country manager following growing tensions after Sudan moved to seize Petronas’ assets.

The news portal said such a move would negatively affect Sudan’s future bilateral relations.

“Many other countries that have made a lot of investments in Sudan are also monitoring the situation closely. They are worried that they may be the next target of the transitional government,” it said.

Sources have said that other countries’ companies were being similarly targeted.