Cambodia PM claims Anwar Ibrahim promised him opposition leader Sam Rainsy will ‘never be allowed to step on Malaysian soil’

Sam Rainsy

Malaysian authorities have remained mum after Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had ordered Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy to leave Kuala Lumpur today.

Journalists had asked if the Prime Minister’s Office would respond to the allegations. The reply was that Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry would issue a statement.

However, at the time this article was published, there was no statement.

Hun was quoted by the Cambodian daily Khmer Times as saying that Anwar had promised Rainsy would “never be allowed to step on Malaysian soil”, adding that Anwar didn’t know about Rainsy’s entry into Malaysia “because he flew in on a private flight using a French passport”.

Rainsy, the acting president of the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, posted a video on Facebook, showing him greeted by a delegation of Muslim Cambodians and several locals, including PKR Subang MP Wong Chen and an individual who identified himself as being “from the (Malaysian) Home Affairs Minister’s Office” upon his arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on May 29.

Rainsy had spent several days in Melbourne, Australia, before his trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Hun said Rainsy was to hold a meeting yesterday but “was not allowed to do so”. The Cambodian premier thanked Anwar for promising him “four times” not to let Rainsy enter Malaysia.

“Anwar Ibrahim told me clearly (Rainsy was) not to come, and I told him that if he came, the (Cambodian) government and the (Malaysian) government would not look at each other.”

In the same Khmer Times article, Hun said he was ready to “welcome” Rainsy with a “BM-21 Grad self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher” if he returned to Cambodia.