PUTRAJAYA – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has met United Arab Emirates Legal Minister Sultan Saeed Al Badi over the case involving Malaysian Richard Lau who was detained in Dubai in April.
Wisma Putra said the 30-minute discussion between Anifah and the minister was also attended by other high ranking officials including Malaysia’s Ambassador to UAE, the Consul-General in Dubai as well as officers from the its consulate general in Dubai.
“During the discussion, the minister said that the UAE government will help to resolve the case, which has gone on for 10 months, according to its laws,” it said.
Anifah, said Wisma Putra, had expressed Malaysia’s appreciation on UAE’s commitment and readiness to quickly resolve the issue.
He is also expected to pay a consular visit – organised by both UAE’s Foreign and Legal Ministries – on Lau at the prison in Ras Al Khaimah tomorrow.
Lau, 41, had been posted to Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates, by a Miri-based Malaysian marine transport company as a project coordinator at its subsidiary there five years ago.
He was arrested on April 28 following a complaint lodged by an Emirati, who is a partner of the subsidiary, accusing him of stealing wages and commissions.
“Investigations in the case by local authorities are still ongoing and it is understood that the prosecution is in the process of gathering transaction details in the account belonging to Lau,” said Wisma Putra.
Earlier, it said that Anifah would also be participating in the ministerial-level meeting on the Global Coalition against IS in Kuwait City
Anifah, it said, would lead Malaysia’s delegation to the fourth-edition meeting of the global coalition which will gather all its 74 partners.
The Global Coalition against IS was formed in September 2014 based on the global concern over IS and the threat it poses to international peace and security.
Wisma Putra said Anifah would speak on the current concerns posed by IS from the national and regional perspectives at the meeting today, as well as the challenges and best practices in countering terrorism and violent extremism.
Meanwhile, the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) begun yesterday with the participation of over 70 international delegates in Kuwait.
KICRI, chaired by Kuwait, Iraq, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank, aims to raise funds from various parties and mobilise international support to rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq after the destruction by IS militants.
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, is the patron of KICRI.
The three-day conference is the first after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraq was completely liberated of IS control on Dec 10, 2017.
Among the programmes held during the conference are the Non-Governmental Organisations Conference to Aid Humanitarian, Iraq Open For Business and the ministerial conference.
Later, Wisma Putra said Anifah met United Arab Emirates Legal Minister Sultan Saeed Al Badi for a 30-minute discussion yesterday, accompanied by other high ranking officials. – BERNAMA