Will Malaysian Parliament
retaliate with a counter resolution if the US House of Representatives pass
a bipartisan resolution next week repudiating Mahathir’s OIC Summit speech
and deploring the “tacit acquiescence of national representatives”?
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Sunday): The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said United States President George W. Bush is the “biggest liar of all” in asserting that he (Bush) had rebuked him (Mahathir) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok.
Mahathir said if Bush had in fact rebuked him, he would have reacted in his normal manner and returned the rebuke.
Bush had recounted the encounter differently, telling reporters en route from Indonesia to Australia that he had confronted Mahathir about his Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit speech, telling Mahathir that his OIC comments were "reprehensible", “divisive and unnecessary”.
No one will seriously ask the two leaders to take the lie detector test, but this does not appear to be the last of the diplomatic contretemps thrown up by Mahathir’s OIC Summit speech.
It has been reported in the American media that the United States House of Representatives will pass a bipartisan resolution next week to repudiate Mahathir’s comments and “deplore the tacit acquiescence of those national representatives in attendance of the October 2003 Organization of Islamic Conference as willing complicity in spreading a message of hate and incitement against Jews.”
Will the Malaysian Parliament retaliate with a counter resolution to reaffirm and adopt Mahathir’s speech at the OIC Summit and deplore the resolution of the US House of Representatives, as a new cycle of escalation of the international storm over Mahathir’s comments that the Jews “rule the world by proxy – they get others to fight and die for them” and that they “invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy” to help them gain “control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power”.
Should the Malaysian Parliament embrace and adopt, lock, stock and barrel, the entire speech of Mahathir at the OIC Summit?
MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Mahathir was merely stating a historical fact. Is this completely true? What is this “historical fact”?
Is it seriously suggested that Germany, France, Canada and European Union (EU) countries which had reacted strongly to Mahathir’s speech were under the influence, pressure and control of world Jewry although they had strongly opposed the American invasion of Iraq – and that French President Jacques Chirac had bowed to Zionist pressure when he wrote a letter to rebuke Mahathir for his OIC Summit reference, after preventing it from being the subject of a EU Summit resolution?
One must be careful about circuitous logic such as the argument that Israeli arrogance and contempt for United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions stemming from Tel Aviv knowledge that it has the backing of the most powerful nation – which proves the fact that since Tel Aviv controls the most powerful nation, it means that it controls the world. Many countries in the Middle East are accused of being proxies of the United States – does this also mean that the Jews not only control the United States, but also the Middle East and by extension the OIC?
The time has come for Parliament to undertake a cool, calm and collected debate and rational review of the latest row which has placed Malaysia in the eye of the international diplomatic storm, bearing in mind what Mahathir himself said in Port Moresby yesterday, that Malaysia “should be friendly to everyone because when we have many friends, we have fewer enemies”.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman