Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

TOKYO: Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said from Tokyo today that he was saddened to hear of the arrest of Nurul Izzah Anwar, the eldest daughter of Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Mr Palmer is currently in the Japanese capital meeting with former US President Bill Clinton, US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. He said they too, had expressed their disapproval of Ms Nurul Izzah’s arrest for alleged sedition.

“Ms Nurul Izzah was arrested for making a speech in parliament last week where she criticised the judiciary for her father’s arrest,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Her stance was simply one of freedom of speech which should exist in all democracies.”

Mr Palmer has called on Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to make a stance in protest to the arrest.

“A great man once said – an injustice to a man anywhere is an injustice to all men everywhere.

“I call on all politicians to make a stand and protest to the Malaysian embassy,’’ Mr Palmer said.

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