A smart minister, and a wise Australia!
Excerpts of the interview:
"Well the Malaysian elections are a matter for the Malaysian people. It's very hard for Australia to do anything about how they're run, as hard as it would be for Malaysia or another government to have a say in how Australian elections are run. We're not the election authority for Malaysia...So, whose help will Pakatan Rakyat has to sought after this? The US? United Nations? Singapore... or Israel?
"...of course we support free and fair elections in any country. I spoke to Anwar Ibrahim in a private conversation during my recent visit to Malaysia. I heard him express concerns and in the letter he underlines them by talking about, by making accusations of fraudulent and fraudulent registration processes and raising concerns that the elections can reflect the popular will...
"We can't comment on that. An opposition leader is entitled to say that to us. But we discussed the elections with him, I'm aware of his concerns...
"Australia doesn't run elections for other countries. We send observers when other countries ask for them. We receive, we receive submissions from opposition figures in other jurisdictions. We have in this case and we take what is said seriously. Our position is, we want free and fair elections in any country...
"We've got friendly relations with Malaysia and we haven't a capacity to do anything about the internal affairs of Malaysia any more than we have with any other country..."
Not sure if Anwar feels dejected or frustrated with Carr's reaction but Malaysia too, on record, has never interfered with election in other countries unless we are asked to send observers.
The Election Commission is and has done its best to clean up the electoral system but PR seems to not recognising it.
I guess they are only satisfied that the polls were free of fraud in Kelantan, Selangor, Penang and Kedah!