In brief: Anwar’s ‘American dream’

The Star- Malaysia voices displeasure over US statement

Malaysian Insider –  Rais, Rice row over Anwar, Rais explains Anwar’s case to Rice

New Straits Times – Rais: We expect postive response from Rice

1. Until today, immigrants enter America to be part of the hype and ethos of living an American dream. Americans sometimes forgot that they too were immigrants. They flocked into the land inhabited by Red Indians thinking that the Red Indians didn’t have dreams of their own. The Red Indians are the ‘bumiputeras’ there.

2. Today, America is speaking on behalf of the world acting as the police of peace and human rights. Though behind the thin veil, they are actually the one who violated and manipulated the objectives of reaching peace and defending human rights to propagate their own agendas.

3. Let me remind you of Bush’s action against the senates and the people of America, in declaring war over Iraq. Bush and co accused Iraq for having Weapon of Mass Destruction despite a numerous reports from independent team of investigators claiming otherwise. They went there and hanged Saddam Hussain, who was once helped America and was an ally to them.

4. John McCain, a Republican presidential candidate who is being backed up by the two Bushes, the Senior who started the Gulf War and the junior who seems to be the biggest warmonger ever, promised the voters – Americans of all races and nativities – that he’ll keep the army in Iraq for another hundred years. In short, another pro-war president in the making.

5. In America, people have different perceptions on the agendas and efforts taken to bring about self actualization. They see it as the most respected acts possible since all of them came to America to fulfill their dreams – to become the best and to achieve the best. I do think that it’s clear Bush’s American dreams is…..

6. It seems like, Anwar of Malaysia, does have something similar like an American dream, which I have nothing against him having a dream to be pursued. However, if the dream is further backed up by the hands of American government who until today did not apologize for attacking Iraq on false information of WMD and claimed thousands of innocent lives in the process, Anwar maybe can personally tell Americans to stop giving out statements regarding his case (read: dream).

7. Anwar may not want to be associated with American government who actually is the one that disrespects human rights and violates the hope of peace in order to gain control in places where they have huge interest in. They want to ‘help’ liberating Iraqis from Saddam is not because of the people but the sea of oil the Iraqis are walking on.

8. The president of the United States can veto the senates, but he certainly can’t veto the solidarity of the citizens of the Independent Malaysia.

9. We can stop them from meddling into our internal affairs, let us look at the atrocities created when they have their hands on some countries political issues.

10. By saying Americans, I’m only referring to the current government led by Bush. I have an utmost respects and appreciations to my fellow friends and the people who are the citizens of the land where the only thing that matter is the American dreams. And i do have a ‘Malaysian’ dream too..

I support statement below by UMNO Youth, and I am expecting the same tone from other parties youth wings too. (taken from

UMNO Youth International Bureau’s Statement on US’s latest announcement


JULY 21, 2008

The Mockery of U.S Interference

The UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau strongly condemns the constant interference by the United States into the internal affairs of Malaysia, especially with regards to the detention of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over sodomy allegations by his former aide.

Sean McCormack, spokesman for the U.S State Department who noted that the arrest of Anwar raised serious concerns about our rule of law should be reminded that his country paid absolutely no respect to this doctrine when invading Iraq, a sovereign nation of 28 million people.

Iraq is now a failed state, where the rule of law has ceased to exist. Conservative estimates indicate more than a million innocent Iraqi lives have been lost due to this illegal invasion, which was carried out on false pretexts and deceit.

Perhaps, he should also explain the atrocities at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a detention centre where prisoners are arrested with no charge yet are tortured inhumanely for as long as the U.S administration sees fit.

Anwar was arrested according to the provision of Malaysian laws, interrogated in accordance to proper rules and regulations and was released as soon as the police completed their questioning. He was treated just as any criminal suspect would have been, and none of his rights as a detainee were violated.

The same cannot be said for the approximately 270 detainees who remain incarcerated in GuantanamoBay. Perhaps, it is time this detention centre is closed down in a manner that builds confidence in the impartial rule of law in the United States, for it is surely a wound that continues to scar the face of the American judiciary.

It is best that those like McCormack and Senator Joseph Biden, who claimed that Anwar’s arrest was politically motivated, attempt to first fix the gaping holes in the American judicial system before instructing Malaysia on the rule of law. The United States has neither the moral high ground nor the expertise to lecture us on how we conduct our internal matters.

The UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau considers the statement made by the State Department, or similar statements by any foreign party, as undermining the sovereignty of Malaysia and the integrity of the Royal Malaysian Police.

Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir


UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau


4 responses to “In brief: Anwar’s ‘American dream’

  1. I cannot understand what americas has done harm to malaysia, as long as I know, malaysia has got good investment from western country, never in the media americans, their jounalist, leaders invited their people to hate malaysia(n), but it is so obvious in malaysia that these sentiment agitatedly talked through by most, thus this shows and tell others that we malaysian are nefarious minded?

    This is the prove that even foreign country can see how our judiciary system is driven, how our politics deprive human rights, how our press manipulated and so on.. so what more like us in malaysia who can see this nearer and clearer… no suprise 5 states have been captured by opposition, thousands wanted to witness opposition’s road show/talks…




  3. This is a complete speech of Najib Tun Razak to the Heritage Foundation. The entire speech is produced here in this article for your kind reference. Draw you own conclusion. The original speech can be found here. It seems Najib had listed out neatly all of UMNO/BN and his own contribution to the United States of America. Here is the beginning of my post.

    (Bahasa Malaysia) Dibawah ini adalah ucapan Najib Tun Razak di Heritage Foundation memperincikan segenap pemberian ikhlas Malaysia terhadap Amerika. Dari perincian ini susah untuk kita tidak mengatakan Najib bukan seorang agen Amerika.

    May 3, 2002
    U.S.-Malaysia Defense Cooperation: A Solid Success Story
    by The Honorable Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak
    Heritage Lecture #742

    I considered titling my talk today: “Malaysia-U.S. Defense Cooperation: The Untold Story.” The reason is that for many years U.S. and Malaysian forces have cooperated on a wide range of missions with virtually no fanfare or public acknowledgement. And in spite of its success, our bilateral defense relationship seems to be an all too well-kept secret.

    So I very much appreciate the chance The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies have provided for me to reveal this well-kept secret. I would particularly like to thank Dr. Ed Feulner of Heritage, not only for his kind introduction, but also for his ongoing contributions to enhancing Malaysia-U.S. understanding. I’d like to thank Dr. John Hamre as well, both for the hospitality CSIS is providing today and for his leadership on defense issues. Dr. Hamre may be among the few to whom our bilateral defense cooperation is not in fact a secret.

    Before I begin, I’d like to touch briefly on our bilateral relationship as a whole–as a kind of preview to Prime Minister Mahathir’s official visit to Washington in two weeks.

    Certainly, I am aware that a visit by a head of state to Washington, D.C., is not a rare occurrence, especially these days. So why is this particular visit significant?

    Historically, Malaysia has been a steady, reliable friend of the United States. Our multitude of common interests include trade and investment on a sizeable scale and security cooperation across a range of fronts. An equally important point is the common values our two countries share, including a commitment to democracy, religious tolerance, and equality for all our diverse citizens. In times like these–in a time of war–it is these values that bind nations together.

    But I would point out that there is still another factor that makes our relationship important. Malaysia–though a small country halfway around the globe–occupies a somewhat unique position. We are an Islamic country. We are stable. We are prosperous. And our Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir, has gained a certain status and sway, not only in the Southeast Asian region, but throughout the Islamic world.

    An Unsung Story

    I would like to elaborate on this subject later, but–to alleviate any suspense–I will first address the unsung story of our defense cooperation.

    Take the recent hit film Black Hawk Down. The scene was Somalia, 1993. And although Hollywood saw it differently–I guess you could say Malaysia’s role was left on the cutting room floor–the fact is this: More than 100 Malaysian peacekeeping forces engaged in that fierce fighting to try to rescue the trapped U.S. Army Rangers. Fighting together with the U.S. Rangers, one of our troops made the ultimate sacrifice, along with the 18 U.S. soldiers who died.

    Fortunately, our troops do not serve to become stars in Hollywood.

    We were indeed gratified, however, when we were honored by the Pentagon for our contributions. And then, in New York this past March, a total of 23 Malaysian peacekeepers were awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, which is presented by the United Nations to peacekeepers killed in the line of duty.

    In fact, since 1960, Malaysia has participated in more than 20 United Nations missions, from East Timor to Kosovo. For Malaysia, peacekeeping operations are an integral part of our foreign policy. Like the United States, we believe that nations–even small ones–have the responsibility to contribute when and wherever possible to a stable world order.

    A Special Relationship with the U.S.

    Malaysian forces regularly conduct joint training with United States counterparts, and the United States routinely enjoys access to Malaysian airfields and ports. Also, Malaysia provides one of the few bases outside the United States for U.S. military jungle-warfare training. U.S. troops are warmly welcomed in Malaysia and enjoy training there. In particular:

    There have been more than 75 U.S. military ship visits in the past two and a half years.
    The United States conducts training exercises with the Royal Malaysian Air Force, flying with and against them in mock battles.
    U.S. Navy SEALs conduct training in Malaysia twice a year.
    The U.S. Army does field exercises with the Malaysian army. I might mention here that, for their expertise in jungle warfare, Malaysians are known in the business as “whispering death.”
    Finally, 1,500 Malaysian defense personnel have benefited from the U.S.-sponsored IMET (international military education and training) program.

    As you can see, cooperation between our two nations started long before September 11, 2001. But the horrific events of that day galvanized our relationship as never before. Prime Minster Mahathir has been vocal in condemning the attacks, and we have been happy to provide an elevated level of cooperation with the United States on the range of fronts. For example:

    The United States averages more than 1,000 overflights per year. Since September 11, this number has increased dramatically, and all requests have been approved.
    The United States has excellent access to Malaysian intelligence.
    Malaysia occupies a strategic location along the Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea, and devotes considerable resources to maintaining safe and free shipping lanes for commercial and military vessels. Since September 11, Malaysian forces have been protecting U.S. ships in the Strait.
    Malaysia has a considerable number of troops and military assets on our islands to thwart the threat of Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Southern Philippines.
    In addition, Malaysia is actively identifying assets of terrorists and teaching Indonesia and other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries how to freeze assets.

    A Regional Leader in the War on Terror

    Beyond our bilateral cooperation with the United States, Malaysia has been at the forefront of prosecuting terrorists within our region. The capture in December of Philippine terrorists in Malaysia and the subsequent arrests of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists cells in Malaysia and Singapore have underscored the need for regional coordination, which we are actively advocating.

    Some 62 terrorists and militias with global and regional links have been arrested under our Internal Security Act, and more are currently being hunted down.

    Malaysia’s approach in fighting terrorists and militants is worth mentioning here. In addition to pursuing a military/security solution, we believe that we must win over the hearts and minds of our people by ensuring higher standards of living, eliminating poverty, providing quality education and health services, and creating more jobs. In essence, we must create hope, not despair; a more promising future is the antithesis of a breeding ground for future militants.

    At the same time, of course, the proper interpretation of Islam by our people is imperative; that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, and is against violence and senseless killing.

    As well, we should mention the leadership among Islamic countries of our own Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir.

    When you think of Dr. Mahathir, it would be interesting to take a quick survey to see what adjectives come to mind. I would think the responses might include “outspoken,” “man of conviction,” “tells it like it is.” A recent news story referred to him as “habitually straight-talking,” and I think that is a fair description. Basically, Dr. Mahathir speaks his mind.

    Over the years, some in the United States have misinterpreted some of this straight talk. Let me be clear: Strong friendships can withstand strong words. Malaysia and the United States have been close for decades. Our multi-faceted relationship will have its high and low points, but the core values our nations share endure.

    So as I said, the Prime Minister speaks his mind, but he also speaks from the heart. He is a man of principles, and he is consistent in this.

    For example, in his widely publicized speech at the World Economic Forum in New York this past February, the Prime Minister explained that Islam is a peaceful religion that has been radicalized–or hijacked–by a few for political or personal gain. He explained that in Malaysia, where the government recognizes Islam as the primary religion, non-Muslims are free to practice their own religions, not only because this is permitted by Islam, but because religious tolerance is an essential component of modern society.

    An even more recent example of the character of Prime Minister Mahathir occurred last month in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia was hosting representatives from nearly 57 OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) countries to try to build a consensus for tracking down terrorism. Part of the objective was to take a step to try to delink Islam and terrorism. We want to make it clear that true Islam does not stand for violence and terror. Our own country is testament to this. We also tried to arrive at a definition of terrorism.

    The conference convened just at the time that the Middle East situation started to go from bad to worse. And Dr. Mahathir opened the session with an eloquent and courageous speech that suggested that all attacks targeting civilians–whether by September 11 hijackers, Israeli troops, or Palestinian suicide bombers–should be regarded as acts of terrorism.

    Suffice it to say that this view was not a majority opinion among the OIC members. But that was, and remains, Dr. Mahathir’s position, and as a result, the communiqué that emerged was relatively balanced. And that was a classic example of the posture we’ve seen, and will continue to see, as Prime Minster Mahathir seeks to exert a moderating influence on even the most inflammatory of issues.

    I am sure the Prime Minister will talk more about our common battle to eliminate terrorism during his upcoming visit here to Washington. You might not like to agree with some of the things he says. But if you listen to him and hear all of what he is saying–not just a sound bite from last month or a headline next week, but the full scope of his arguments formed over the course of many years’ experience–I think Americans will find a bit of common ground.

    In conclusion, the world has changed much since September 11. What is it that Malaysia can offer the world, including the United States, in this new strategic landscape?

    Malaysia is resolute and steadfast in fighting all forms of terrorism in Malaysia and is committed in supporting the global war against terrorism.
    Malaysia is a model of an Islamic nation that is moderate, progressive, and tolerant; constant with modernity; and more importantly, a model that has succeeded in a multi-racial, religious, and cultural setting. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and Animists live harmoniously together, enjoying the fruits of prosperity and stability. I hope more Americans will experience for themselves this remarkable success story.
    Malaysia is playing a key leadership role in Southeast Asia to promote peace and stability, as exemplified by our role in supporting the peace process in the southern Philippines and ensuring the territorial integrity of Indonesia.
    Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, as the longest serving leader of the region, and increasingly regarded as a world statesman and Muslim leader, is a credible voice of reason, moderation, pragmatism, and progress, which makes him a key world figure in our quest to eliminate terror and to achieve a more prosperous and peaceful world.

    So let me close by saying once again, thank you all for giving me the chance to get some of the good news about the U.S.-Malaysia relationship on the record. We are looking forward to the Prime Minister’s visit on May 13-15 to continue to enhance both personal and governmental relations with the United States of America.

    The Honorable Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak is the Minister of Defense of Malaysia..

  4. ” The Star (Used by permission)by Lourdes Charles KUALA LUMPUR: The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is investigating how a little-known IT company with little experience became the local partner in the RM1bil project to upgrade the Royal Malaysian Police’s communication systems from analogue-based to digital. The project has since been scaled down.

    According to sources, the ACA was also probing how a Singapore-based company, several of whose directors are Israeli nationals, was awarded a slice of the project when it was against the Government’s directive to do so.

    The Israelis are said to be former officers in the Israeli Air Force. The upgrading of the communications system would enable traffic policemen, those in mobile patrol vehicles and beat-duty policemen to communicate with each other and with their control centres.

    The sources said the authorities had begun their preliminary inquiries into the companies to ascertain whether there was any irregularity in the awarding of the project and whether they could pose a security risk. They said the ACA would call up several people, including police officers and senior government officials to assist in investigations following allegations that the company does not possess the requisite expertise.

    It is learnt the Home Ministry had first awarded the RM980mil upgrading project to a well-known multi-national company in February. However, in March, the company was informed that a local IT company had been appointed as local partner for the project, causing eyebrows to be raised. With the latest development, sources said the IT company’s involvement in the project has since been limited to enable further discussions on the matter. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police were aware of the involvement of the Israelis in their communications systems upgrading project. “We informed the Home Ministry as soon as we learnt about it,” he said, declining to elaborate.

    It is learnt that the Government has decided to scale down the project for the time being and had only approved its first phase, estimated to cost around RM42mil. The IGP had last October announced that the police planned to equip their personnel with hand-held computers, and micro-cameras fitted into walkie-talkies, as part of a massive plan to beef up the force’s capability. He had said the police wanted to use such high-tech devices and set up a network of camera surveillance systems to fight crime more effectively. Musa said the force needed to have an e-solution system that would enable them to communicate with police helicopters, airplanes and marine police as well as with their mobile police vehicles.

    “The Bukit Aman control centre will use the latest high-tech devices and communication systems to relay, monitor and coordinate operations throughout the country,” he said”.

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