The 17-year-old French Indonesian model Manohara Odelia Pinot and her Kelantanese royalty husband is having a rocky marriage. The royalty husband must have had a rocky relationship with his Indonesian mother-in-law too.
On the surface, it looks like any other troubled relationship. But here, the mother-in-law said she had been refused entry to Malaysia to see her daughter, who was crying and distraught when Manohara (right) last spoke to her Indonesian family by phone from Malaysia on March 21.
Another funny thing is that it takes the intervention of an Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia to find out how the daughter was coping.
Indonesia's ambassador to Malaysia, Da'i Bachtiar, said he had spoken to the royal household in Kelantan and received word that Manohara was fine.
But they refuse to allow her mother to visit and the Malaysian Foreign Ministry has not replied to further inquiries, he told AFP.
Now, the story gets more intriguing...
Apparently, the Malaysian Immigration Department has lifted its entry ban on Manohara's mother from entering the country.
The department's director Mahmood Adam told Malaysiakini today that the decision was made on Monday following an instruction from the Home Ministry.
I have several concerns which need to be addressed:
1) This appears to me like a domestic tiff. Why is the Malaysian Immigration Department involved? On what basis the mother-in-law was banned from entering Malaysia?
2) Who gave the instruction to the Malaysian Immigration Department to deny the entry of the Indonesian mother?
3) Is there an abuse of authority involved? Can a royal family instruct the immigration department to ban someone from entering the country?
I find this whole situation fishy and worrying. It sounds like we are a pseudo democracy. No wonder there is talk that someone's immigration record was deleted. It does not augur well for the country.
The Home Ministry must probe this matter. It is supposed to happen in a fourth world country, not a country aspires to become a first world nation.