NO SPIN IN MALAYSIA’S ROLE IN SAUDI MILITARY EXERCISE
I strongly refute Dato’ Hishamuddins allegation that we are putting a spin to the above issue. Let us look at facts.
1) Malaysia is never and never be part of the Arab-African continent and have no relevance to the inter ethnics and inter-religious conflict peculiar to the region. As the composition of the military exercise showed, except for Malaysia they were all Arab-African nations.
2) On his statement that Indonesia which did not participate in such exercise were subject to Islamic militant attacks, it is an irresponsible and naive statement. Despite Indonesias tact and care it was still subject to attacks what more if we were to be involved in a volatile regional conflict . We are tempting fate to be dragged into the conflict.
3)Former deputy minister of Defence Dato Shafie Afdal from B.N. yesterday questioned
why spend so much money on military exercise in distant foreign soil with heavy
weaponeries when our Sabah Lahad Datu remain porous and exposed to continous
threats ? Such excercise conducted in Sabah would be a huge deterrent to further
attacks. Where is our priority ?
Is pleasing the Saudis more important than protecting our rakyat and soverignity….Is
protecting 1MDB issue part of the consideration ?
4) On claim that we have been involved in military excercise with U.S. , U.K and others should be seen in the context that they are not near or during period of conflict of any region. Military Exercise Northern Thunder is conducted in Northern Saudi at Hafar Al Batin and Tabuk very close to Syrian border….VERY PROVOCATIVE !. That is why our military exercise should be in Sabah to have a show of strength to the Sulu invaders. That was exactly Dato Shafie Afdals point yesterday.
5) The fact that Minister Hishamuddin completely avoided answering directly question no.2 in Parliament on 16 March by Tian Chua on the military exercise raise great suspicion on governments motif to hide true issues. The written question clearly asked about the military exercise and possible relation to intervention in Syria. The question was submitted 4 weeks ago in writing. The answer was details about events in Yemen not related at all to the question. The minister Dato Hishamuddin refused to properly address Syria which was the sensitif area closely related PHYSICALLY WITH SYRIA AND POLITICALLY WITH THE NATIONS INVOLVED WITH POSSIBLE GROUND OPERATIONS INTO SYRIA.
WHY DID HISHAMUDDIN GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO AVOID ADDRESSING THE MILITARY EXCERCISE AND SYRIA AS ASKED ?
I put it to the Minister there is “some spinning” on his part to avoid addressing SYRIAN REAL INTENTION !
I PUT IT TO THE MINISTER WHAT HAS HE GOT TO HIDE ?
WHY IS HE SO EVASIVE AND DEFENSIVE ON THIS MILITARY EXERCISE ISSUE ?
Mr Adel Al Jubeir the present Saudi Foreign Minister was formerly the Ambassador to U.S. thus have close association with Washington. Since the Saudis and U.S are close Mr Adel al Jubeirs influence is considerable in the middle east proxy-war orchestrated by U.S. In order to please both the U.S and Saudis could Malaysia have chosen to participate in the military exercise although we are not relevant to the region ? Mr ADEL AL JUBEIR ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE SAUDI MINISTER WHO OFFICIALLY STATED “NO DONATION TO DATO NAJIB WAS MADE BY SAUDI GOVERNMENT OR ROYALTY….. IF ANY THEY WERE INVESTMENT.” So could it be that the Malaysian government wants to be in the good books of the Saudis and U.S to protect Najib’s donation secret ?
I put it to Dato Hishamuddin, – WHY IS THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT SO EAGER TO PLEASE THE SAUDIS AT THE EXPENSE OF RISKING SAFETY OF MALAYSIA AGAINST VENGEANCE ATTACK BY FOREIGN MILITANTS.? Is protecting an individuals secret worth risking the Nation ?
It is clear Malaysia is now seen as a U.S. (post TPPA) and SAUDIS (post Northern Thunder military excercise) goon in the complex Middle east conflicts.
In politics perception is everything ! Or not why is Dato Hishamuddin talking about Yemen when the question in Parliament on 16 March was about Syrian war at whose doorstep Operation Northern Thunder was held ? It could not be a mistake because the question was forwarded 4 weeks before Parliament started. Why so evasive about Syria.. ?
YESTERDAY former deputy Minister of Defence Dato Shafie Afdal asked in Parliament if it is true Malaysia is allowing U.S to build a military base in Sabah. ? Are we really going under the U.S wings as the Saudis have ?
If it is true when have Malaysia abandoned or renounced its non-alligned nation policy consistent with its belief in ZONE OF PEACE AND NEUTRALITY ? PARLIAMENT AND THE NATION HAD NEVER BEEN INFORMED OF THIS MAJOR CHANGE OF POLICY ADOPTED SINCE TUN RAZAK’S TIME..! ! !
WHO IS DOING THE SPINNING DATO HISHAMUDDIN ? WHO ARE YOU TRYING SO HARD TO PROTECT .? WE MALAYSIANS AWAIT YOUR ANSWER.
Raja Bahrin Shah.
Pengerusi Biro Antarabangsa
17 Mac 2016