Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Serious Reflection: Will Malaysia Be Safe?


Will there ever be interference through ‘soft power’ or militarily in the event that there is an uprising from within the country, which will help facilitate and pave the way for the type of ‘democracy’ that goes along with the global grand design and interests, that is ‘One World, One America?’

Are we really sure what happened in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen will not happen in Malaysia, an Islamic country which has often been touted to the west as giving special privileges to Muslims, not giving equal rights to its people and not allowing unfettered freedom?

The monarchical rule in Syria is also being relentlessly challenged and is waiting out its final days before collapsing, while the actions and designs on Iran which is being maintained as the main objective of the west on its road map of globalisation have been put on hold to allow for the constant infiltration of fifth columnists to solidly wreak havoc from within.

At this juncture, the western media with its soft power comprising the TV, Internet, newspapers and the attendant modes of news dissemination is steadily releasing bits of ‘information’ to the gullible world, showing the oppression of the Iranian people. The same strategy is used in targeting the other nations that they dislike.

Their latest salvo was about an Iranian actress, Marzeih Vafamehr, who was sentenced to a year’s jail and whipped 90 times for acting in a film about the restrictions imposed on artistes in the country.

The news was also carried by the Malaysian media, with some splashing it prominently, never mind that it was obtained only from one source without allowing for due explanation and comments from the party targeted. It was as though every bit of news that comes from the news agencies of the west is true and undisputed. No one would care to realise that they have been duped and used time and again.

During the time of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia was not spared the negative views of the western media. They split hairs and took pains to bring to the fore things such as the control of the media, abuse of power, the national car project, development of Putrajaya and lots more.

Although Mahathir never regarded the west as his enemies, he was, nevertheless, deemed not a western-friendly leader. They attributed this to his propensity to be outspoken and straight forward about the inequality and double faced stance of the west in economic, social and political matters. For this he would often not hold back his punches when criticising the lopsidedness and lies of the western media.

Dr Mahathir can be considered as among respected world figures in similar league as Nobel Prize-winning South African leader Nelson Mandela, who although was showered accolades for his views and struggle for humanity, had never felt it necessary to hit back at the cruelty the whites perpetrated upon him. Nevertheless, whenever he criticised the biased economic policies of the west, which victimised an African nation, they would label him as a senile old man.

Even President Suharto who was much favoured by the U.S. for his success in defeating the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), the biggest of its kind in Asia outside China and gave new hope to the people of Indonesia, died in humiliation at the hands of the western media amidst over-powering pressure and influence on his people.

The cruel way many leaders of nations in West Asia have been brought down of late would only merit certain justice as they all had it coming for the cruel things they did to their own people – never mind that earlier they had flourished the sword of freedom after emancipation from the shackles of despotic monarchs.

It is here that we see how absolute power really corrupts absolutely, when in place of the toppled monarchs, the leaders of the freedom fighters would then hide behind the veil of ‘Presidency,’ which gave a semblance of democracy to their equally autocratic rule.

There were, indeed, reasons for their own people to bring them down, but on the other hand, what rights have the foreign powers to interfere and bring down the leaders, who obviously had never been in their good books? Such an approach is very questionable. Why, just look at how the nations of France, Britain and the U.S. rushed to claim credit for having killed the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

So, we now come to the question of whether it would be possible for foreign powers to similarly assist and coax those bent on going against the government in Malaysia. Will we be safe, given that ever since before independence and post independence we have been a good friend to the west? Will we be allowed freedom on our own terms?

It cannot be disputed that on the face of it the early group of leaders following the proclamation of independence were more like tools of the western powers. They had never shared similarity of thoughts like the leaders of Indonesia, India and the nations of Indo-China. On the face of it, Dato’ Onn was used as a tool of the west, followed by Tunku Abdul Rahman and his colleagues, although in reality they were nationalists.

However, this must not be construed as a mistake, but instead a smart move by the adroit Malay leader that was Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was way ahead of his time. He merely wanted to save the Malays and the other Malaysians; He did not wish to see the country occupied and colonised by Communist China or other foreign powers that were not democratic.

Because of that Malaysia became a nation that was not popular and did not merit confidence among Afro-Asian countries. It was naturally due to the open support by western nations, who saw the potential of the leaders of Malaysian and Singapore to go along with them. As a result, both countries developed rather well, riding on economies that were way ahead of the other Asian nations.

This trend was followed by China, Indonesia, India and Indochina after the scuttling of the major communist blocs.

The stance taken by the country’s first Prime Minister and the foreign policies adopted pleased the west. It was only after Tun Abdul Razak Hussein took over and introduced the New Economic Policy subsequent to the bloody riots of May 13, 1969 and the country extended its hands of friendship to Communist China that things changed.

From then onwards Malaysia became the vile target of influential western media in Asia, such as the now defunct Far Eastern Economic Review, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek and from time to time, the British media.

When Singapore was asked to leave Malaysia, the government of that nascent republic led by Lee Kuan Yew received the support of the western media to be used as a launching pad to smear and paint the Malay government in Malaysia as unfair to the other ethnic groups, while retaining the Malay rulers and giving privileges to the Malays.

TO BE CONTINUED

By Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin,
Visiting Fellow, The Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Thoughts (IPDM),
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
- Translated and edited by Aziz AS

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