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Who is Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak?

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 10:57 AM PDT

Who is Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak?

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 In a survey conducted shortly after Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi announced his decision to relinquish his positions in March to make way for his deputy to take over, a very big majority of Malaysians believe Najib will make an excellent Prime Minister who will bring change to the country.
On the flip side, many were also reserved about his taking over as prime minister, while a small percentage of those interviewed still believe the allegations made against Najib of being involved in a murder of a foreign national.
However, the fact still remains that the accusations of complicity in the murder that were hurled at him are just that, baseless accusations. A breath away from being named as a successor to Abdullah Badawi then, Najib’s detractors will always find ways to try to derail his chances of being the next prime minister.
Who is Najib? Well he is the eldest son of the country’s second illustrious Prime Minister, Tun Razak Hussein. Yes, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he has said that one cannot “blame me for my accident of birth”. Those who know him intimately will say he is a gentle soul. He does walk softly but, make no bones about this, he is capable of carrying a big stick, so to speak, if necessary, if he wants or needs to.
He told a news portal, Malaysia-Instinct (M-I), that he believes every Malaysian has a place “in the sun” called in Malaysia. Thus his subscription to his One Malaysia concept, a concept that will be unfurled when he officially takes over.
He believes no one group should be allowed to be disenfranchised or alienated, or to be left behind, intentionally or unintentionally, for “discontent will definitely breed more serious discontentment”. To M-I that is a good enough statement for a start. Below is a brief sketch of a man who isi scheduled to be the new Malaysian Prime Minister.
Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak became the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on January 6th, 2004. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi chose Najib as his deputy three months after assuming the post of Prime Minister of the country following the retirement of his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in October 2003.
Najib is the eldest son of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, and was born in the district of Kuala Lipis in the state of Pahang on 23 July 1953. He received his primary and lower secondary education at one of the leading schools in the country, the St John Institution. He then continued his secondary education at the Malvern Boy’s College, Worcestershire, England. Upon completion of his secondary education, Najib enrolled at the University of Nottingham graduating in 1974 in industrial economics.
Upon his return to Malaysia in the same year, Najib joined the national petroleum company, Petronas, as an executive. He served for two years before taking the plunge into politics following the sudden demise of his father in 1976. He was the obvious choice of the ruling National Front government of Malaysia to contest the Pekan parliamentary seat vacated by his late father. The national outpouring of grief following Tun Razak’s death and the respect and love for his father’s tremendous contributions toward Malaysia’s development, saw Najib elected unopposed as the Member of Parliament for Pekan at the very young age of 23 years old.
This was to mark the beginning Najib’s long association in politics and government service. Following his easy victory and installation as Member of Parliament in 1976, Najib was appointed the Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts. Prior to that he also served as Deputy Education and Deputy Finance Minister. In the 1982 general elections, he stood in the state seat of Bandar Pekan and won, and was subsequently appointed the Menteri Besar of the state of Pahang until 1986.
Following the general elections in 1986 where he re-contested and won the parliamentary seat of Pekan, Najib was appointed the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Under his stewardship Malaysia made its best ever showing in the SEA Games where the country came out top in the medal tally for the first time in the game’s history. He also introduced the National Sports Policy which outlined the development of sports in the country and introduced monetary incentives for Malaysians athletes who won medals at the Olympics Games.
In 1990, Najib was appointed to a more senior position within the government by the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir that is the Minister of Defence. He embarked on the modernization of the Armed Forces, moving it towards a leaner fighting force capable of handling a conventional threat. The Armed Forces modernization, among others things, saw its acquisition of new assets such the Russian aircrafts, MiG 29, Boeing F18 Super Hornet, the F-2000 frigates, the 155m artillery gun and the upgrading of the country’s air defence system with the acquisition of a new radar system. The welfare and well-being of the armed forces personnel were given due attention, improving their housing facilities and allowances.
In 1995, Najib was appointed to a much more prominent ministry, the Education Ministry. During his tenure the country’s education system underwent a major reform with the passing of six legislations, the main one being, The Education Act 1996, to facilitate a more market driven education system.
The legal framework saw the country’s education system undergoing massive reforms and sweeping changes to institutions of learning. It allowed them to offers a wider range of courses, different options and approaches to learning and new teaching methods. Today, there are greater choices and places for Malaysians to pursue their higher education locally and abroad. Besides that, there are an increasing number of foreign students pursuing their studies at local and foreign learning institutions in Malaysia.
Indeed, Najib had a big part in this move to build a world class education system that is flexible and innovative as well turning Malaysia into a regional education hub based on excellence. Besides that, the well-being of teachers was given due attention with the introduction of time-based promotion, better starting salaries for new teachers and special housing projects for teachers.
During the 1999 general elections Najib received a major setback when he barely scraps through with a majority of 241 votes in the predominantly Malay Pekan parliamentary seat compared with a majority of over 10,000 in the previous election. It came as a shock for him and to political observers. However, it was not a complete surprise as the election came at the height of the issue involving the sacking of the former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the formation of Parti Keadilan, comprised of Umno members who had broken rank with the party.
Following the elections, he was appointed Defence Minister for the second time and proceeded with the modernization of the Armed Forces which had come to a halt following the financial crisis of 1997. Major acquisitions include the purchase of new Russian fighter aircraft, Sukhoi Su30 MKM, submarines which the Royal Malaysian Navy had sought for many years and Polish tanks. Also, the short-range air defence system, Jernas, was acquired for the Army. For the Armed Forces personnel, several allowances were improved in particular flying allowances for air force pilots and higher starting salaries for new recruits.
The 2004 general elections which came a few months after Najib’s elevation to the Deputy Prime Minister-ship saw him winning with a whopping 22,292 vote majority. It was one of the highest majorities in the elections and undoubtedly the most improve performance by a candidate.
This was followed by the Umno elections and Najib was elected unopposed as the party’s Deputy President, confirming his position as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister. Besides being Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Najib is also responsible for the land development authority agency, Felda, the Commission for Human Rights (Suhakam) and the newly established Malaysia Maritime Agency. Also, he is in charge and responsible for over 20 Cabinet Committees.
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Posted: 30 Jun 2010 08:59 PM PDT

1. Cara memerintah sebaik-baiknya ialah dengan menggunakan kekerasan dan keganasan bukan dengan perbincangan ilmiah. Hak itu terletak kepada kekuatan. Siapa kuat, dialah berhak, kerana dalam hukum alam, kebenaran terletak dengan kekuatan. Sesungguhnya politik tidak sesuai dengan akhlak. Pemerintah yang berpandukan moral bukanlah ahli politik yang bijak. Merekayang ingin memerintah, mestilah pandai menggunakan tipu helah dan matlamat menghalalkan cara. Minuman keras haruslah digunakan untuk mencapai tujuan itu.

2. Bantuan-bantuan yang diberikan oleh bangsa yahudi melalui agen-agen Yahudi akan memperkuatkan kaum yahudi. Yahudi akan memerintah bangsa lain seperti bangsa itu memerintah negaranya sendiri, tanpa disedari bahawa mereka telah berada di bawah genggaman yahudi. Ketua pentadbir yang dilantik untuk mengatur pentadbiran negara, mestilah terdiri daripada orang-orang yang berjiwa budak, yang mudah diarah untuk kepentingan Yahudi. Melalui akhbar, Yahudi menggerakkan fikiran orang ramai serta mengambil kesempatan untuk mendapatkan emas, meskipun dari lautan darah dan airmata. Pengorbanan adalah perlu, kerana setiap nyawa dikalangan yahudi berharga seribu orang bukan Yahudi.

3. Yahudi akan menjadikan negara bukan Yahudi, sebagai gelanggang pertelagahan manusia yang boleh membawa huru hara, seterusnya menyebabkan kemerosotan ekonomi. Yahudi akan berlagak sebagai penyelamat dengan mempelawa masuk ke'pasukan kita' iaitu Sosialis, komunis dan lain-lain yang dapat memberi ruang kepada Yahudi untuk menguasai bangsa bukan Yahudi. Dalam alam fikiranYahudi, wajib ditanam perasaan bahawa semua haiwan itu (bukan bangsa Yahudi) akan tidur nyenyak apabila kenyang dengan darah. Ketika itulah senang bagi Yahudi memperhambakan mereka.

4. Bangsa Yahudi mestilah menghapuskan segala bentuk kepercayaan agama serta mengikis daripada hati orang bukan Yahudi prinsip ketuhanan dan menggantikannya dengan perkiraan ilmu hisab serta lain-lain keperluan kebendaan. Fikiran orang bukan Yahudi mestilah dialihkan ke arah memikirkan soal perdagangan dan perusahaan supaya mereka tidak ada masa untuk memikirkan soal-soal musuh mereka. Akhirnya segala kepentingan akan jatuh ke tangan Yahudi.

5. Sekiranya ada di kalangan orang bukan Yahudi cuba mengatasi bangsa Yahudi dari segi sains, politik dan ekonomi, maka bangsa Yahudi mestilah menyekat mereka dengan cara menimbulkan pelbagai bentuk perselisihan sehingga wujud konflik sesama mereka. Kesannya, mereka mengambil keputusan untuk tidak mencampuri permasalahan tersebut kerana ianya hanya difahami oleh orang-orang yang memimpin rakyat sahaja.

6. Untuk memusnahkan perusahaan bangsa bukan Yahudi, ialah dengan cara merosakkan sumber pengeluaran dengan memupuk tabiat membuat kejahatan dan meminum minuman keras di kalangan pekerja, serta mengambil langkah menghapuskan orang orang terpelajar dari kalangan bangsa bukan Yahudi. Semua bangsa bukan Yahudi mestilah dipastikan menduduki mertabat kaum buruh yang melarat.

7. Orang-orang Yahudi wajib menabur fitnah supaya timbul kekacauan, pertelagahan dan permusuhan di kalangan manusia. Bila timbul penentangan terhadap bangsa Yahudi, maka wajiblah orang Yahudi menyambutnya dengan peperangan secara total di seluruh dunia.

8. Pemerintah Yahudi akan dikelilingi oleh segolongan besar ahli-ahli ekonomi dan orang Yahudi sendiri akan dikelilingi oleh ribuan ahli-ahli korporat, jutawan dan usahawan.

9. Yahudi akan mendirikan kerajaan diktator dengan membuat dan melaksanakan undang-undang yang tegas, iaitu undang-undang yang akan membunuh tanpa pengampunan. Yahudi akan merosakkan moral pemuda-pemuda bukan Yahudi dengan menanamkan teori-teori palsu dan ilmu-ilmu yang batil.

10. Yahudi akan membawa masuk racun 'Liberalisma' ke dalam negara-negara yang bukan Yahudi supaya menggugat kestabilan politik. Pilihanraya diatur supaya boleh memberi kemenangan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin yang dapat bertugas sebagai agen yahudi dalam melaksanakan rancangan rancangan Yahudi.

11. Bangsa Yahudi menyifatkan diri mereka sebagai serigala dan bangsa lain sebagai kambing. Bagi mereka, Yahudi merupakan bangsa yang terpilih dan mereka bertebaran ke atas muka bumi ini sebagai satu rahmat. Berada diperantauan atau negara asing yang nampak sebagai kelemahan, sebenarnya mencerminkan kekuatan yang dapat membawa bangsa itu ke pintu kekuatan di seluruh dunia.

12. Yahudi akan mengubah pengertian tentang kebebasan atau kemerdekaan dengan mentafsirkan istilah itu sebagai mengamalkan apa-apa yang diperkenalkan atau dibenarkan oleh undang-undang sahaja. Kalau bangsa bukan Yahudi diberi permit menerbitkan sepuluh akhbar atau majalah, maka bangsa Yahudi mesti menerbitkan 30 akhbar atau majalah. Perkara ini amat penting kerana ia adalah alat untuk mengubah fikiran rakyat.

13. Bagi memastikan kejayaan usaha-usaha memonopoli dan mempercepatkan proses keruntuhan, maka bangsa Yahudi hendaklah menghapuskan golongan korporat dari bukan bangsa Yahudi di samping mengadakan spekulasi dan menyebarkan projek mewah, pesta-pesta serta pelbagai bentuk hiburan lain di kalangan bangsa bukan Yahudi kerana semua ini akan menelan kekayaan mereka. Untuk mengalih perhatian orang bukan Yahudi daripada memikirkan persoalan politik, maka agen Yahudi hendaklah membawa mereka kepada kegiatan-kegiatan hiburan, olahraga, pesta-pesta, pertandingan kesenian, kebudayaan dan lain-lain lagi.

14. Para filosuf Yunani mestilah membincangkan kekurangan-kekurangan serta mendedahkan keburukan agama-agama lain. Para penulis Yahudi harus menonjolkan tulisan-tulisan pornografi iaitu mengadakan sastera yang tidak bermakna, kotor dan keji.

15. Apabila mendapat kekuasaan, bangsa Yahudi akan membunuh tanpa belas kasihan terhadap setiap orang yang menentangnya. Setiap pertubuhan yang merancang untuk menentangnya mestilah dihukum dan ahli-ahlinya dibuang negeri. Oleh itu, mesti didirikan sebanyak-banyaknya 'FREMASONIC LODGE' iaitu tempat-tempat pertemuan rahsia orang orang Yahudi.

16. Yahudi akan mendirikan universiti mengikut rancangan yang begitu tersusun. Pensyarah-pensyarah akan mendidik dan membentuk para pemuda supaya menjadi manusia yang patuh kepada pihak berkuasa (Yahudi). Bagaimanapun, ajaran-ajaran mengenai undang-undang negeri dan politik tidak akan diajar kecuali beberapa orang sahaja yang dipilih kerana kebolehan mereka.

17. Yahudi meletakkan kehakiman dalam bidang yang sempit dan terhad. Guaman akan melahirkan orang-orang kejam, tidak berperikemanusiaan dan mempunyai tabiat buruk untuk mencapai kemenangan bagi orang yang dibelanya, walaupun terpaksamenghancurkan semangat keadilan dan mengorbankan kebajikan masyarakat.

18. The Kings of Jews akan dikawal oleh pengawal pengawal rahsia, kerana orang-orang yahudi tidak akan membuka pinti kepada kemungkinan adanya perancangan untuk menentang kegiatan Yahudi.

19. Bangsa Yahudi akan membicarakan orang orang yang melakukan kesalahan politik sama seperti orang yang mencuri, membunuh dan kesalahan-kesalahan yang lain. Orang ramai akan memandang kesalahan politik itu sebagai satu kesalahan yanghina dan timbul rasa benci kepada mereka yang melakukannya.

20. Bank Antarabangsa Yahudi akan memberi pinjaman kepada bangsa bukan Yahudi dengan kadar bunga yang tinggi. Pinjaman yang sedemikian, akan menyebabkan pertambahan kadar hutang berlipat kali ganda. Ekonomi orang bukan Yahudi akan lumpuh secara outomatik kesan pertambahan hutang tersebut.

21. Yahudi menggantikan pasaran wang dengan institusi hutang kerajaan yang bertujuan untuk menetapkan nilai perusahaan mengikut pendapatan kerajaan. Institusi ini akan menawarkan pasaran 500 sijil pinjaman perusahaan dalam sehari atau membeli sebanyak itu juga. Dengan cara inilah segala perusahaan akan bergantung kepada Yahudi.

22. Untuk sampai ketujuan yang baik iaitu kekuasaan Yahudi yang berkuasa penuh dalam rangka meletakkan dunia dalam pemerintahannya, kadang-kadang kekerasan akan digunakan. Di tangan Yahudilah terletaknya pusat kekuasaan yang paling besar.

23. Orang Yahudi wajib melatih seluruh umat manusia dalam meningkatkan rasa segan dan malu agar mereka terbiasa dengan sifat patuh dan setia kepada arahan Yahudi.

24. Kerajaan tidak boleh diserahkan kepada mereka yang tidak tahu selok belok pemerintahan. Hanya mereka yang boleh menunjukkan sikap keras, kejam dan boleh memerintah dengan tegas akan menerima teraju kerajaan daripada pemimpin-pemimpin kita (Yahudi).



Frequently Asked Questions about the Constitution

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 07:36 PM PDT

1. Do I have to obey the Constitution?
Yes, everyone has to. That includes you, your Members of Parliament, judges, government officials, the police force, companies and associations.
In fact, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Members of Parliament, judges and even the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong take oaths that they will obey the Constitution.
Even you take an oath to obey the Constitution every time you recite the Rukun Negara.

2 . What happens if someone does not obey the Constitution?
The Constitution generally grants powers, imposes obligations and defines roles. If a person or institution does not act within the power or role granted to them, it means that their acts are unconstitutional and void.

3. What happens if people disagree on what a particular provision in the Constitution means?
Who decides?
The court has the power to determine all issues in respect of the interpretation of the Constitution.
Once the Federal Court decides on what a particular provision means,  it is binding on everyone unless it is later overtaken by a subsequent Federal Court decision. Over time, the Federal Court's interpretation of the Constitution may change to take into account changing circumstances.

4. Can the Constitution be amended?
Yes, it can. In fact, our Constitution has been amended several times. Article 159 of the Constitution says that in general, the Constitution may be amended if the Bill (that is, the proposal for the  amendment) is passed by not less than two-thirds of the members of the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara
5. Parliament seems to have so much power to amend the Constitution. How can we ensure that the power is not abused?
Firstly, Members of Parliament are elected by Malaysian citizens like you and me. If a proposed amendment to the Constitution is not popular among Malaysians, then the Members of Parliament are unlikely to vote for it, otherwise they may not be elected again into Parliament at the next general election. If you are unhappy with any proposed amendment to the Constitution, you can go to your Member of Parliament or to any Member of Parliament and voice your concerns.
Secondly, all Members of Parliament take an oath that they shall "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.
Some people argue that because of this oath, Members of Parliament should not amend the most important and necessary parts of the Constitution
6. Where can I get a copy of the Constitution?

You can buy a copy at most major bookstores. A copy can also be found on our website: You can also learn more about the MyConstitution Campaign or follow it on:

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Sekali lagi Pas menipu dan tertipu.

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:10 PM PDT

Pengerusi Kebangsaan DAP Karpal Sing, terkejut apabila diberitahu oleh Malaysian Insider bahawa Pas telah memaklumkan disetiap ceramah-ceramah mereka yang DAP telah pun menerima konsep negara Islam dan menghormati pendirian Pas tentang penubuhan negara Islam.

Karpal juga menolak idea penubuhan negara Islam yang Pas mahukan dan menyatakan bahawa amat mustahil bagi DAP berkompromi di dalam hal itu dengan Pas biarpun kedua-dua parti itu mempunyai ikatan dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Bagi Karpal, DAP tetap menganggap Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara sekular biarpun Islam menjadi agama rasmi negara ini. Soal sama ada Pas mahu mewujudkan negara Islam seandainya Pakatan Rakyat berkuasa kelak, itu bukan masalah DAP kerana pendirian parti perkauman tersebut jelas menolak apapun berkaitan Islam.

Pada masa yang sama, Karpal mendakwa bahawa Tun Mahathir yang memulakan proses pengislaman negara Malaysia. Tun Mahathir lah yang mengubah realiti Malaysia dari sebuah negara sekular dan ini disifatkan oleh Karpal sebagai mengelirukan orang ramai tentang identiti Malaysia yang sebenar.

Karpal juga mengingatkan Pas bahawa kini hanya PKR sahaja yang menjadi pengikat diantara Pas dan DAP. Tanpa PKR dan Anwar Ibrahim, Pas tak akan dipandang langsung oleh DAP.

Presiden DAP ini juga berharap bahawa Pas akan mengubah pendirian didalam isu penubuhan negara Islam. Dia mahukan pemimpin-pemimpin Pas menjadi lebih liberal jika mahu menjalin kefahaman dengan DAP. Jika tidak, Pas boleh melupakan sebarang kompromi di antara kedua-dua parti ini.

Jelas disini bahawa Pas sebenarnya syok sendiri didalam kerjasama mereka dengan DAP. Ulamak-ulamak politik Pas tanpa segan silu berceramah kepada rakyat bahawa DAP telah mula menerima Islam, rupa-rupanya itu hanya angan-angan kosong Pas.

Jika mengikut kenyataan Karpal, DAP hanya berlakon baik di depan Pas bagi menjadikan mereka sebagai alat untuk menarik undi melayu/Islam. Pas dimata Karpal dan DAP tak lebih dari seekor kaldai yang digunakan untuk mengangkut muatan mereka menuju ke destinasi yang dituju. Yang pasti, kaldai Pas akan disembelih setelah tak berguna lagi untuk DAP.

Kenyataan terbaru Karpal ini juga telah membuktikan yang Nik Aziz serta Hadi Awang sebenarnya telah menipu seluruh jemaah Pas. DAP yang diwar-warkan mula menerima Islam Pas secara perlahan-lahan, rupa-rupanya tetap berfahaman komunis dan juga rasis mereka.

Sia-sia lah segala ampu dan puji-pujian pencacai-pencacai Pas kepada Lim Guan Eng yang diangkat sebagai khalifah di P.Pinang. Melopong lah mangkuk-mangkuk Pas yang menyanjung Nga Kor Meng sewaktu membacakan surah Aura di Perak dan bergulinglah totok Pas di Kelantan yang sanggup mencium tangan Lim Kit Siang sewaktu Muktamar Pas di Kota Bharu.

Nampaknya sekali lagi Pas membuktikan bahawa disebalik serban pemimpin mereka, tersembunyi akal kurang cerdik didalam berpolitik. Kononnya pemimpin-pemimpin Pas mahu mencontohi Nabi yang berkerjasama dengan kafir di Madinah. Tetapi sebaliknya, ulamak-ulamak cap ayam Pas dibuli dan dipermainkan oleh kafir di Tanah Melayu ini.

Dibawah kepimpinan Nik Aziz, Pas akan tetap selamanya menjadi sebuah parti melayu yang tiada kredibilti dan kualiti untuk menjadi peneraju. Dibawah pimpinan Nik Aziz juga, Pas akan terus dipandang rendah oleh masyarakat dan juga akan selamanya diperbodohkan oleh musuh Islam.

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010 09:51 PM PDT


The Reversal of Anwar Ibrahim

by Rachel Motte


This week, Barack Obama reached out once more to the Muslim world. Following his promise last June in Cairo, President Obama hosted a Summit on Entrepreneurship, "to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world." Bringing together 250 participants from 60 countries, the Administration once again tried to build bridges between East and West, and even brought Secretary of State Hillary Clinton along to close the summit on Tuesday evening.

Yet it remains as hard as ever to figure out who are America's real friends and allies in the Muslim world, aside from the good King and Queen of Jordan, a handful of emirates, and the Saudi royals. Take the strange case of Malaysia, for example. The Malaysian state and its ruling party are broadly constructive and cooperative with the United States — but its political opposition is another story. And that's the reverse of what often gets portrayed in Western media.

The present Malaysian leadership is pro-business, pro-American and prepared to stand up and be counted in the Muslim world as a strategic U.S. ally. During the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged to assist Washington on numerous fronts, and even shut off petroleum supplies to Iran within hours of returning home to Kuala Lumpur.

Though Malaysia isn't quite as far along as Muslim nations such as Jordan or Egypt with respect to Israel — it refuses to recognize the Jewish state or its passports — its official anti-Israel position does not come from a societal wellspring of anti-Semitism. Though Malaysia used to have a small Jewish community of its own, it dwindled as a consequence of the Second World War rather than, as in most of the Muslim world, as vengeance for Israel's founding.

Malaysia's reputation as a majority-Muslim nation known for moderation and stability is hard won in this decade, and a result of the leadership of the present Prime Minister and his immediate predecessor.

Prior to October 2003, Malaysia's position as a responsible member of the community of nations was less certain. This was thanks to the country's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed. Even in power, Mahathir was a well-known anti-Semite and anti-American.

This past January, Mahathir declared that the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States were "staged as an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world." He didn't stop there. Speaking at that same month's General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds (that is, the Arabic name for Jerusalem), he declared that Israel was created to solve "the Jewish problem" in Europe after Hitler failed to complete the Final Solution. "Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany," said Mahathir, the Jews "survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world."

The case of Mahathir isn't merely one of a has-been politician with a penchant for vile Jew-baiting. He still retains influence with hardliners. And the man whom he mentored, and then repudiated, is now leader of Malaysia's political opposition — and he's showing the world how well he learned under Mahathir's tutelage.

Anti-Semitism is now resurgent in Malaysia thanks to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, a charismatic firebrand of a politician who collaborated with Mahathir — as a deputy prime minister and top aide— for nearly a decade in a relationship that Ibrahim described as being one of "father and son." In 1998 Ibrahim got impatient about taking over from Mahathir, embarked upon a power struggle, and lost. For his troubles, Mahathir put him on trial for corruption and sodomy: and Anwar Ibrahim ended up in jail at the hand of his mentor.

Anwar Ibrahim

Upon his release, Anwar Ibrahim came to Washington, D.C., and has spent the past decade cultivating a genteel, enlightened image in the West. Otherwise informed American observers of foreign affairs have adopted him as an exemplar of liberal Southeast Asian and/or Muslim democratic governance. Just a few years ago, he was invited to teach for a year at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, from which he cultivated the acquaintances of eminent Jewish Americans like Paul Wolfowitz — as a means of showing just how far behind him was his own militant Islamist past.

Indeed, as recently as 2008, Al Gore — usually a savvy and perceptive man — could be found posting on his blog in defense of Ibrahim's dignity in the face of criticism. That's big-name Western approval one can't buy — but one can work hard for it with the right enemies and media outreach inside the Beltway.

It also helps if one knows what to tell Western audiences who tune in to Western media outlets. This past March, in an interview with CNN World, Ibrahim told Wajahat Ali, "Stoking the flames of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is a good distraction from the stench in [Muslim societies'] own backyard, namely rampant corruption, denial of basic human rights, abuse of power and the suppression of civil society."

The reality is that if you'd asked a well-informed American who the liberal democrat was in Malaysia between 1999 and 2009, he or she might well have said, "Anwar Ibrahim."

But does Anwar Ibrahim's portrayal of himself outside Malaysia match Anwar Ibrahim's actions within his own country? Unfortunately, Ibrahim has decided to make his mark in domestic Malaysian politics — away from CNN, Al Gore, and Johns Hopkins — as an anti-American, anti-Semitic demagogue.

The proximate cause of Ibrahim's descent into the foul rhetoric of anti-Semitism was his decision to exploit the government's hiring of a Washington, D.C., public relations firm, APCO, to do minor communications work within Malaysia. Like many international firms, this one has done business within Israel, and even counts among its senior personnel persons of the Jewish faith.

Ibrahim has now effectively trashed his old friends in Washington and has used this PR contract as an excuse to spin a dark conspiracy theory of Jewish control, Zionist plots, and subversion.

Ibrahim's lieutenants have charged, among other things, that the Malaysian government has "engag[ed] a company that has a close tie with the Zionist regime in Israel. Its advisory panels consist of former security chief of the Israeli government, and many of their staff are formerly from the Israel Security Agency," and that "its operators in Tel Aviv have close links to the Zionist regime."

Ibrahim himself has delved headlong into anti-Semitic theorizing, publicly alleging that there are "Israeli intelligence personnel in the Police IT unit." Worse, he connected his anti-Semitism to his anti-Americanism, when he angrily denounced the Malaysian Prime Minister's politically courageous decision to stand with President Obama and cut off oil supplies to an Iran seeking nuclear weapons. Ibrahim stood in the legislature to charge that the supposedly "Jewish-controlled" PR firm hired by the Prime Minister was, in fact, working to manipulate Malaysian policy on America's behalf.

Ibrahim angrily demanded: "How can our foreign policy have changed dramatically," unless Jews were controlling Malaysian affairs for America's benefit? "Our policy on Iran shows how weak we are. Unprecedented in the history of our country, even Mahathir Mohamad himself never shifted in Afghanistan and the Palestinian question."

Remarkably, Ibrahim closed his statement with oblique praise for Mahathir — the man who shaped Ibrahim's core thinking on things Jewish and American.

The sad truth is that we shouldn't be surprised by Ibrahim's descent into anti-Americanism or anti-Semitism. When he told CNN that "stoking the flames of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is a good distraction," he wasn't condemning: he was observing and prescribing.

This is not the first time Ibrahim has gone down this road: he has a history of Jew-baiting when expediency calls for it. To pick just one example, in 2008, with Malaysian elections approaching, he casually tossed out this charge in an interview with IslamOnline: "I have evidence proving that the government is backing the Jewish lobby in the U.S. and some parties inside Israel." (To the credit of the Malaysian electorate, Ibrahim's opposition coalition failed to win a majority in that election.)

And as scholars of terrorist finance like Ilan Weinglass have documented, "Anwar Ibrahim is a founder and director of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a think tank in Virginia that has alleged links to terrorism." In 2002-2003, Ibrahim's institute in Virginia was even investigated by the FBI, IRS and CIA for alleged financing of Hamas and Hizbollah.

In looking for America's friends in the Muslim world, it's often difficult to know the Good Guy from the Bad Guy. But it's a good rule of thumb that the politician promulgating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories is not a friend of America.

In Malaysia, the events of the past few months have made it crystal clear a strange role reversal: it's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who is whipping up anti-Semitic sentiment — and it's Prime Minister Najib Razak who is, for better or worse, standing firm with President Obama and the United States.


Flirting with zealotry in Malaysia

Monday, June 28, 2010
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Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's political opposition, has become known over the past decade as one of the foremost advocates of liberal democracy in Muslim countries. His many friends in Washington include prominent members of the neoconservative movement -- such as Paul Wolfowitz, the former World Bank president and U.S. ambassador to Indonesia -- as well as such Democratic grandees as Al Gore.

Lately, Anwar has been getting attention for something else: strident rhetoric about Israel and alleged "Zionist influence" in Malaysia. He recently joined a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur where an Israeli flag was burned. He's made dark insinuations about the "Jewish-controlled" Washington public relations firm Apco Worldwide, which is working for Malaysia's quasi-authoritarian government.

Therein lies a story of the Obama era -- about a beleaguered democrat fighting for political and personal survival with little help from Washington; about the growing global climate of hostility toward Israel; and about the increasing willingness of U.S. friends in places such as Turkey and Malaysia to exploit it.

First, a little about Anwar: While serving as deputy prime minister under Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad in the 1990s, he began pushing for reforms -- only to be arrested, tried and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of homosexual sodomy. Freed after six years, he built a multiethnic democratic opposition movement that shocked the ruling party with its gains in recent elections. It now appears to have a chance at winning the next parliamentary campaign, which would allow Malaysia to join Indonesia and Turkey as full-fledged majority-Muslim democracies.

Not surprisingly, Anwar is being prosecuted again. Once again the charge is consensual sodomy, which to Malaysia's discredit remains a crime punishable by whipping and a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Anwar, who is 63 and married with children, denies the charge, and the evidence once again is highly suspect. His 25-year-old accuser has confessed to meeting Prime Minister Najib Razak and talking by phone with the national police chief in the days before the alleged sexual encounter.

Nevertheless the trial is not going well. If it ends in another conviction, Anwar's political career and his opposition coalition could be destroyed, and his life could be at risk: His health is not great. Yet the opposition leader is not getting the kind of support from the United States as during his first prosecution, when then-Vice President Gore spoke up for him. Obama said nothing in public about Anwar when he granted Najib a prized bilateral meeting in Washington in April.

After a "senior officials dialogue" between the two governments this month, the State Department conceded that the ongoing trial again had not been raised, "because this issue was recently discussed at length." When it comes to human rights, the Obama administration apparently does not wish to be repetitive.

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