Image from thewashingtonnote, modified by Wits!
Thanks to MalaysianWaves for this reminder.
Indeed, it is easy to blame Anwar Ibrahim and everyone else who criticises the Malaysian government as “US stooge”. It’s easy to blame NGOs too for ‘working with the US’ just because they receive funds from US agencies.
What these accusers do not know and do not bother to find out is that NGOs have other sources, too, from the Netherlands, for example, or from Denmark, or even Japan, an Asian country.
On the other hand, the US is Malaysia’s biggest investor. So what do we say to this?
But then I realise why BN/UMNO is very quick to blame others as US stooge, because they are trying desperately to hide the fact that the Malaysian military is very much “in the hands” of the US.
In 2002, Najib Tun Razak admits readily about the clandestine relationship the government has with the US. His speech is published here on The Heritage Foundation (Leadership for America) website.
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.”
There have been more than 75 U.S. military ship visits in the past two and a half years.
Inside, Najib listed down the on-going relationship with the US Army and Navy, which include training exercises,field exercises, US sponsored military education and training, and many, many more.
Consider this: Malaysians are known in the business as ‘Whispering Death?’
- 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.
In fact, the US even has access to our Intelligence, and Malaysian forces have been protecting US ships in the Straits, says Najib:
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.
So come on, who is the US stooge now?
You may also read Ktemoc’s Boleh talks “Rule of law by a lawless ruler“?, for the way we throw ourselves at the British.