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 www.bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com)
UMNO Youth International Bureau’s Statement on US’s latest announcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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