Singapore envoy: Our personnel were not at Bersih to support protesters

Singapore High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong (inset) says the three women went to Bersih in their personal capacities.

KUALA LUMPUR - Three Singapore High Commission officials who attended the Bersih 3.0 rally did not go there to support the protesters, High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong said.

He explained that the three - his deputy Ariel Tan and first secretaries (political) Regina Low and Philomena Aw - went in their personal capacities and were not on any official assignment.

He said April 28 being a Saturday, the three members of his mission were free to make use of the weekend to go to the scene. He denied that any had worn a yellow Bersih T-shirt.

"Many diplomats from other countries also went to the site of the rally, so why just pick on our three ladies? I am very suspicious of their motives.

"We enjoy very close relations with Malaysia now and I feel outraged over these allegations,'' he told The Star.

Ong was responding to reports in certain blogs which identified the three women, alleging that they went to the rally to be "actively involved".

The blogs stated that this was a clear contravention of ethics under the Vienna Convention. One posting also accused Low of wearing a yellow Bersih T-shirt on that day.

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