Khairy questions Biden on Guantanamo Bay


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  • Friday, 05 Dec 2014

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin - File pix

PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin has questioned the American government's handling of the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention camp after one of its top leaders criticised Malaysia’s use of the Sedition Act. 

The Minister of Youth and Sports tweet was in response to American vice president Joseph Biden's tweet criticizing the Malaysian government's decision to retain the Sedition Act.

"Closing Guantanamo gives the United States of America a vital chance to make things right and promote confidence in its democracy and judiciary," tweeted Khairy on Friday, in wake of Biden's critical tweet hours earlier.

The notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a group of detainee centers in southern Cuba that are run by the United States military.

The US has for long come under fire from human rights advocates for holding detainees without right to legal counsel at the detention camp. 

Amnesty International describes the camp of being emblematic of the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the US government in the name of fighting terrorism.  

Biden tweeted Friday morning that: "Malaysian government's use of the legal system and Sedition Act to stifle opposition raises rule of law concerns."

"Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal gives Malaysia a vital chance to make things right and promote confidence in its democracy and judiciary," said Biden on his official Twitter account.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declared at the Umno general assembly last week that the Sedition Act would not only be retained but strengthened to protect the sanctity of Islam and other religions.

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