(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has said that ties between
Malaysia and the United States have improved because of the willingness of its
present administration to listen to the views of others and that Malaysia could
communicate better with the present government unlike the last one under Bill
has indicated that he would be telling Bush that unless the root causes of
terrorism are removed, there would be more terrorism - and in fact, there are
more people inclined towards terrorism today than before Sept. 11. He would also
be telling the American President about Israeli arrogance and that
the Israelis are taking advantage
of the fight against terrorism to persecute the Palestinians.
fully supports Mahathir in frank one-to-one talk with Bush to try to convince
the American President that the war against terrorism cannot be won without
resolving the root causes of terrorism, that terrorists are not born but made by
political and socio-economic repression and injustices.
can Mahathir convey and stress to
Bush when meeting him at the White House next
week that America’s war on terrorism should not become a war against democracy
and human rights worldwide and to express international concern that America’s
democratisation agenda in its foreign policy
has become a casualty and got blown up with the World Trade Centre in the September 11
may not be upset at all by the
abandonment or downgrading of the democratisation agenda in the United States
foreign policy, but is he prepared as Prime Minister of Malaysia to convey to
the US President these strong concerns of the vocal and articulate sections of the Malaysian civil society?
two recent international Islamic conferences held in Kuala Lumpur, the Islamic
Foreign Ministers Conference on Terrorism and the Islamic Wakaf Ministers’
Conference, were regarded as endorsement of the legitimacy of Mahathir and the
Malaysian government in the Islamic world.
Mahathir’s visit with Bush at the White House next week be regarded by the
Malaysian government as American endorsement of the human rights violations in
Malaysia, which had become more blatant and arrogant particularly after the
September 11 terrorist attacks - proof that the Malaysian government is not
averse to taking advantage of the 911 attacks to intensify its suppression of democracy
and human rights at home.
is a matter of grave concern to
thinking Malaysians as the American
administration, which until the September 11 attacks had taken a high profile
and more activist posture on human
rights questions in its foreign policy agenda, seems to have adopted a new and
conscious policy to shy away
from human rights issues even to the extent of being prepared to prop up
autocratic and authoritarian regimes in the
war against terrorism - reminiscent of US support for repressive military
regimes and dictatorships in the Cold War conflict with communism.
DAP urges Mahathir to seriously consider the call for the release the six reformasi activists, Mohamad Ezam Mohamad Nor, Hishamuddin Rais, Chua Tian Chang, Saari Sungib, Badrulamin Bahron and Lokman Noor Adam, detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for more than a year, before his departure for the United States to meet with President Bush to make two important points: