The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

Malaysia summons German envoy over NGO funding


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia has summoned Germany's ambassador after the embassy reportedly funded an opposition-leaning human rights organisation that has accused the government of corruption.

The group, Suaram, launched a complaint in a French court earlier this year accusing Prime Minister Najib Razak and others over a 2002 deal to buy two submarines from France.

"The action of the German embassy can be misconstrued and be seen as interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement late on Thursday.

"Malaysia is deeply disappointed to learn that the embassy is engaged in such activities that show its partiality to certain issues that have implications on Malaysia's domestic situation." The embassy declined to make an immediate comment on Friday. But German Ambassador Guenter Gruber was quoted by the national news agency Bernama earlier this week as saying that the funding was for a one-off project in 2010.