Top tweets about NZ’s Malaysian diplomat controversy and Murray McCully

Bryce Edwards

This is a collection of some interesting and insightful tweets about New Zealand's Malaysian diplomat controversy involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Murray McCully. The most recent tweets are first, and more will be added. 

Warwick Rasmussen ‏@beanbiz 

Is Mfat's John Allen still our highest paid civil servant?

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc 

The very latest from the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and

Craig Ranapia ‏@CMRanapia 

Just to float a crazy notion, perhaps #Rizalman isn't about covering Murray McCully's arse or collecting his scalp?

Craig Ranapia @CMRanapia · 

It is possible to consistently believe MFAT screwed up horribly and inexcusibly over#Rizalman AND the Minister is an utter numpty. Really.

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

Extraordinary to see McCully, the cunning Dark Prince, getting such a thrashing. That's what happens when you take your eye off the ball.

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ 

I reckon hapless #JohnAllenMFAT should resign immediately. Otherwise McCully is (unfairly) going to get the blame #nzpol

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1 

McCully didn't ask any question of officials for 6 weeks about alleged sex attack by diplomat? Either a lie or absolute dereliction of duty.

Paora Ropata ‏@kiaora4that 

McCully wont have to resign but he will have to get used to Colin Craig as MP for East Coast Bays, or wherever it was McCully USED to be

Maxine Gay ‏@GayMaxine 

Key will punish McCully by taking East Coast Bays off him. That'll fix him for getting caught telling Mfat to bury it

David Slack ‏@DavidSlack 

Feel so terribly sorry for Murray McCully. Wherever he goes he has the rotten luck to arrive just as all the staff are turning incompetent.

David Slack ‏@DavidSlack 

Feel so terribly sorry for Murray McCully. Wherever he goes he has the rotten luck to arrive just as all the staff are turning incompetent.

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

It makes McCully's Tourism Board incompetence in the 90s look almost ok...

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

At least Murray McCully ensured that the Rugby World Cup trains ran on tim..... wait a minute.

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

MFAT staff think they're so intellectually superior this just proves they're a bunch of out of touch idiots in the real world.

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

It makes McCully's Tourism Board incompetence in the 90s look almost ok...

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

Murray McCully left it for 7 weeks, does nothing, zip, zero, and now calls it good and proper process. Resign now. Totally useless.

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

Murray McCully's finest hour. Not. Heads to roll? Never.

jo ‏@jofromgreylynn 

That's very decent of Malaysia to bail NZ out by sending that diplomat back. Especially after we insulted them by calling them liars.

Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick 

What I don't get is that the PM was briefed on may 12, same day as the informal ambiguity happened. Either MFAT lied to pols, or pols knew..

Craig Ranapia @CMRanapia ·

Murray McCully should resign for his ministerial #rapeculture enabling. If only more politicians and media would do the same.

Pete George ‏@PeteDGeorge 

You touch on a bigger issue at MFAT - what other cases if any have they been sweeping under the diplomatic carpet? @NZStuffPolitics

Phil Wheeler ‏@Phil_Wheeler 

McCully suggesting this issue highlights governmental integrity on either side is patently disingenuous. He'd have avoided the whole affair.

Donghua Lui ‏@DonghuaDude 

Jeez, cost me hundreds of thousands to get into NZ. Some Malaysian Diplomat tries to rape someone and they all insist on him returning!

Patrick Gower ‏@patrickgowernz 

Malaysia continue to act properly. Little over 24 hours ago McCully was effectively bagging them.

Deborah Russell ‏@BeeFaerie 

Trading women's rights for trade?  "McCully had signalled that the case could harm New Zealand-Malaysia relations"

Vernon Small @VernonSmall · 

Rizalman case now in Mfat manual? "Don't keep ministers in dark, embarrass NZ, undermine policy, cause problems with friendly nation ...

Megan Campbell ‏@MeganCampbellNZ 

Shearer is right. This is serious stuff. Careful what you wish for though. If McCully goes... What happens in East Coast Bays

Imperator Fish ‏@ImperatorFish 

Wonder if those MFAT officials discussed NZ's UN Security Council bid with their Malaysian counterparts.

Will de Cleene ‏@ZippyGonzales 

Very impressed with the goat track strategy used to drop McCully from East Coast Bays. Live by the sheaf, die by the sheaf. #nzpols

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery 

Am I right in saying that, before Murray's McClusterfuck, MFAT was considered one of the most capable and best functioning departments?

Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber 

'MFAT - putting sexual abusers first' just doesn't have a pleasant ring to it does it folks?

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

If McCully is lying about not being briefed, we should expect a leak

Aaron Hawkins ‏@CrAaronHawkins 

Looks like this MFAT debacle just handed the Nats their East Coast Bays Exit Strategy.

Winston Peters ‏@winstonpeters 

That the CEO of MFaT doesn't know what is going on is a disaster and reflects the poor state the ministry is in.

Dovil ‏@Dovil 

"Hey guys, I bought cake!" The MFAT staffroom goes quiet. McCully walks backwards out door, down corridor, to car park. A lonely tear falls.

Jane Patterson ‏@rnzgalleryjane 

Another crack at MFAT from McCully - 'when I examined the files that were eventually, eventually provided to me..: (during

snap debate)

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

How come Winston Peters, for all his faults, had so few problems/scandals with MFAT when he was foreign minister?

Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr 

So the chief executive of MFAT doesn't get told when his ministry requests a nation waives diplomatic immunity. Speechless.

iPredict NZ ‏@ipredictnz 

Will John Allen depart as Chief Executive of #MFAT before 1 September 2014? …#nzpol

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz 

For Min Murray McCully says he wouldn't have known abt Diplomat leaving the country if he hadn't seen it in media.

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery 

Remember how the pundits were squaking about Murray "The Prince" McCully a couple of months ago. Yeah, about that #McMachiavelli #not

Dovil ‏@Dovil 

Only of McCully's staffers are now explaining to him what a diplomat is, where Malaysia is, and where is left shoe got to.

Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr 

Perhaps the problem here is that Murray McCully has too much on his plate and should go list only at the election...

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

McCully hiding behind police and officials to hide his negligence #nzqt

Dovil ‏@Dovil 

"And that was the last I heard about it." Murray 'She'll Be Right, Hands off the Wheel' McCully.

Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr 

Interesting that MFAT didn't think to apologise to the alleged victim or the wider public.

The Egonomist ‏@TheEgonomist 

McCully sent "mixed messages" to Malaysian govt, now "gone silent". Searchers are concentrating on Sth Indian Ocean 

Philip Lyth ‏@philiplyth 

Paula Rebstock redux, another $350k? MFAT says independent reviewer to look into the case of the bungled diplomat.

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

MFAT starting 11 for Dip World Cup: Snafu, Kokup, Balzup, Kliesterfjuck, Braakedown, Oi, Watzup, Snarlupp, Shitfite, Dogbrekfest,McCully (c)

Marcus Cook ‏@MarcusDCook 

McCully rules out refusing to rule out ruling anything in or out.

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

Nice to see the McCully Giddy Serious party back in town. It's been a while.

Thomas Beagle ‏@thomasbeagle 

One gets the impression that the tragedy of Murray McCully is that he's a better politician than he is a Minister.

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress 

Wow, the diplomatic immunity story is really shaping up as a McCully classic, isn’t it?

David Slack ‏@DavidSlack 

There it goes again - the much vaunted Murray McCully genius. Wish I could see it, wish I could hear all the things dogs can hear.

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

Seems like people are always letting poor old Murray McCully down

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

@MacFinlay @DavidSlack Give MFAT a break. It's not as if they're trained in resolving complex cultural and political disputes.

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

"Murray, change of plan. We're not angry at the Malaysians, but MFAT. It's like when we cut their funding and blamed them for leaks etc."

Matthew Beveridge ‏@matthewjpb 

Isn’t it the job of MFAT to NOT be ambiguous? #rpt

Vernon Small @VernonSmall · 

Diplomatic immunity case now officially Pythonesque."Host country" media talk openly, its minister gives interviews but NZ media gagged.

Clare Curran ‏@clarecurranmp 

Wondering whether the Murray McCully calling in of the ambassador only resulted from public outcry on rape attempt or is that too cynical?

Laura McQuillan ‏@mcquillanatorz 

May 9: Alleged sexual assault by diplomat May/June: Man is in court; flees NZ June 29: Story breaks June 30: McCully orders "please explain"


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