KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have summoned the German ambassador to explain why his country provided funds for a project linked to a Kuala Lumpur-based human rights group.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman says the funding could be "seen as interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state" because the Malaysian government considers rights group Suaram to be politically biased.
Suaram often criticizes government policies on issues such as detention without trial.
A German Embassy official said the ambassador was meeting with Malaysian foreign ministry representatives Friday.
The official said German authorities approved a "small amount" of money two years ago to support a workshop on migration that involved participants including Suaram.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.