Thursday, December 26, 2019

Plummeted from non-summit Summit by gravity of kerbau

KL Summit 2019 Fails Spectacularly – Here’s Why A Desperate Mahathir Fails To Boost His Image

What was the objective of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, which has just concluded? Its website says that it is an international platform for Muslim leaders, intellectuals and scholars from around the world to discuss and exchange ideas about the issues revolving in the Muslim world. The first Summit was actually held in 2014, in the same capital of Malaysia.

Naturally, the first question is what the summit has achieved since five years ago? The long and short answer is this – nothing!

Coming from the horse’s mouth, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has admitted the weaknesses, failures and decline of Islamic governments worldwide. That’s a polite way to say the summit has failed spectacularly to change the Muslim world.

The Malaysian premier said – “We can accuse the non-Muslim world for being biased, and unjust in their assessments. But we cannot deny the facts that there are fratricidal wars in several Muslim countries, that many are beholden to the powerful non-Muslim nations. We cannot deny that we are largely dependent on the non-Muslims for most of our needs.”

In other words, the summit, despite spending tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money, was nothing but a venue for some Muslim leaders and intellectuals to moan, whine and bitch about Muslim dignity. The participants would then rush for food as if they hadn’t eaten for a year, before continuing with their bitching again. After the summit ends, it’s back to business as usual.

Arguably, the KL Summit 2019 was supposed to be the last place for Mahathir to boost his image in the eyes of Malay-Muslims in the country. The controversial Malay Dignity Congress (MDC) had failed to rally Malay voters behind his political party PPBM (Bersatu), despite fiery attacks on ethnics Chinese and Indian – warning the minorities that their citizenship could be revoked.

The humiliating defeat of the Tanjung Piai by-election last month was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Not only Mahathir’s party failed to win Malay voters, his racial and religious extremism had angered more Chinese voters than he had anticipated. His party lost by over 15,000 votes – punished by both Malays and Chinese voters at the same time.

By now, Mahathir has nothing to lose. His party is expected to be wiped out in the next 15th general election. While the Chinese may still support the present ruling coalition, they would reject the old fox’s party, one of the four parties in the ruling coalition. Instead of boosting economy and promoting meritocracy and moderation, he plays too much racial and religious extremism.

Devastated but not giving up, the stubborn Mahathir bets his chips on the KL Summit to push his image as a champion in the Muslim world. At the very least, the 94-year-old premier hoped to grab headlines as the hero who manages to unite the Muslim leaders from around the world. But he was too irrelevant and Malaysia was too small a nation to be respected by the big boys.

To make matters worse, the world’s oldest prime minister has offended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation). It was so bad that Mahathir had to cancel a scheduled dialogue session as he was forced to hold an urgent video conference – explaining and clarifying to King Salman of Saudi Arabia about the KL Summit.

Saudi was apparently upset that Malaysia tried to replace OIC as the ultimate platform to discuss Muslim issues. After a lengthy lecture by King Salman, who decided to boycott the KL Summit, the outspoken Mahathir humbly told the monarch that Malaysia was too small to take over the Saudi’s position as the leader of the Muslim world.

Mahathir’s ultimate dream was to have the leaders from 56 countries of the Islamic world attending the gathering. He will become the most respectable Muslim leader in the world. That, however, was a wishful thinking thanks to deeply divided Muslim world. At minimum, the summit hoped to bring together the leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Qatar.

But Mahathir had overestimated his credibility as a hero of global Muslim. The final guest list was a disaster. The biggest disappointment came when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan unexpectedly cancelled his trip at the eleventh hour. The Malaysian premier was incredibly dumbfounded. After all, the 3 musketeers – Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey – had agreed to combat Islamophobia together.

When India announced its revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and placed the region under lockdown, Mahathir snatched the opportunity to spin and twist the situation – falsely accusing India of having “invaded and occupied” Jammu and Kashmir, and even lectured New Delhi to work with Pakistan to resolve the issue. And now PM Imran Khan had chickened out?

It’s not hard to understand why the Pakistan leader eventually “kowtow” to the oil-rich Saudi Arabia and skipped the KL Summit. In February, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman visited Islamabad and pledged US$20 billion in investments. Mahathir, despite his vocal stand on Kashmir in favour of Pakistan, was simply no match for US dollars. Clearly money talks, bullshit walks.

Initially, Mahathir dismissed reports that Imran Khan cancelled his trip due to pressure from Saudi. He lied. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed how Saudi pressured Pakistan to shun the KL Summit by threatening to send 4-million Pakistani workers back and replace them with Bangladeshi, and withdraw billions of dollars from the State Bank of Pakistan.

The biggest humiliation to Mahathir, however, was the cancellation from neighbouring Indonesia. President “Jokowi” Joko Widodo, already refused to attend the KL Summit, was supposed to send his deputy – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin – to Kuala Lumpur on his behalf. But even the deputy skipped the summit, claiming too exhausted to travel.

Interestingly, in early December, Mr. Amin said in an interview that he was not convinced whether the KL Summit will strengthen the OIC or form a new bloc that provides new values to strengthen and empower Islamic countries. In truth, during a bilateral meeting between President Jokowi and King Salman at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the Saudi has promised an investment of US$6.7 billion.

Indonesia, which has embarked on a US$355 billion infrastructure drive under Widodo, was extremely desperate for investments from Saudi and its allies in the Middle East. With 225 million Muslims, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. Failure to get even the deputy of President Jokowi to attend the KL Summit was indeed an embarrassment to Mahathir.

That left only Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim as the heavyweights who attended the summit. But those three leaders had their own personal agendas. Isolated and sanctioned by the Saudi and its allies since June 2017, Qatar obviously was more than happy to fly to Malaysia just to make a statement – it has other friends to play with.

Iran’s situation is worse than Qatar. Being sanctioned by Trump administration, Iran is like North Korea. Mahathir’s invitation for a free holiday to Kuala Lumpur was gladly accepted. President Rouhani’s goal was to use the KL Summit as the platform to attack the United Stsates. Speaking at the summit, he called Muslim countries to cooperate in fighting against U.S. “economic terrorism”.

The presence of Turkish President Erdogan was supposedly the ultimate victory for Mahathir. Turkey is the most powerful Muslim nation and has the second-largest military force in NATO. In fact, it was Turkey who had saved Qatar from being invaded by the Saudi during their diplomatic conflicts in June 2017. Erdogan used the KL Summit to attack everyone he didn’t like.

From the UN Security Council to OIC, the Turkish president condemned all of them. It was not a secret that Erdogan wanted to take over the Saudi’s place as the leader of the Muslim world. Without Mahathir realising it, Saudi’s regional rivals – Iran, Qatar and Turkey – were using the gathering to establish a new Islamic bloc. And Malaysia got itself into the proxy war between Sunni and Shia Islam.

More importantly, Mahathir also wanted to use the summit to show off that Erdogan has a closer relationship with him than with premier-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim. However, in what appeared to be another slap on Mahathir’s face, Mr. Erdogan hosted a dinner for Mr. Anwar instead at the Turkish Embassy residence in Kuala Lumpur. Clearly, Erdogan has greater respect for Anwar than Mahathir.

It was definitely abnormal that Erdogan saw it fit to wine and dine with a premier-in-waiting but not with a sitting premier. Therefore, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that Turkey acknowledges – even recognises – Anwar as the next prime minister. Mahathir’s sucking up to Erdogan during his official visit to Turkey in July has failed to swing the president’s support.

Heck, to convince the Muslim world that he was more Islamic than the Arab world, Mahathir had even invited hate preacher Zakir Naik to the summit. But the OIC, which has 57 members, launched a veiled attack on the event, arguing such gatherings would weaken Islam and divide the world’s 1.8-billion Muslims. The absence of Saudi, the birthplace of Islam, shows the divisions within the Muslim world.

To divert attention from the summit’s failure, Mahathir interfered in the internal affairs of India once again. The old man falsely labelled New Delhi’s newly passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as discrimination against Muslims. It actually provides a path to Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Yet, the hypocrite Mahathir has been too afraid to discuss issues affecting Uighur Muslims in China or the butchering of more than 100,000 Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia. He claims the KL Summit was neither about politics nor religion. It’s quite hilarious how he decides that India has discriminated against Muslims and must be condemned, but not China or Saudi.

Unlike the desperate Mahathir, Indonesian Jokowi saw it as a silly idea to offend the U.S., China, India, Myanmar, OIC and everyone just because of ego. While Malaysia locked horns with India over Kashmir and Muslims, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where he was treated with highest honour.

From the beginning, the Kuala Lumpur gathering cannot claim to be representative of the wider Muslim world. The four nations make up just a fraction of the 57 states represented at the OIC. There was not a single African or Arab state apart from Qatar. But if the summit cannot speak on behalf of 1.8 billion Muslims, could Mahathir proclaim it as a success?

I'm gonna claim the Summit has been a rip-roaring success 


  1. The OIC leader is Saudi Arabia. The wannabe leader of an alternate Muslim Group is Loonie-Toonsie-Malaysia.

    Saudi and Malaysia leaders have something in common. The Prince of Saudi is embroiled in the Khashoggi murder, while the ex-PM of Malaysia Jibby is also embroiled in the Altantuya murder.

    The strange parallel between the Khashoggi and Altantuya murders - Both Khashoggi's fiancee and Altantuya's father don't want the persons convicted of their murders to be executed.

    Totally different than the Canny Ong murder of course so let's leave her poor family alone. Nobody is protesting the court verdict on that one.

    Khashoggi's fiancee says execution of those convicted would conceal truth

    ANKARA (Reuters) - The fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi described the sentencing of five people to death in relation to the killing as unfair and invalid, adding that their execution would further conceal the truth.

    Khashoggi disappeared after going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, to obtain documents for his planned wedding. His body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building and his remains have not been found.

    A Saudi court on Monday sentenced five people to death and three to jail over the murder, while dismissing charges against three others, finding them not guilty. A U.N. investigator accused Riyadh of making a “mockery” of justice by exonerating senior figures who may have ordered the killing.

    The presiding Saudi court rejected the findings of a U.N. inquiry by ruling that the killing was not premeditated, rather carried out “at the spur of the moment”.

    Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee, was waiting outside the consulate when he went inside to retrieve the documents.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Cengiz said the trial did not reveal why those convicted had killed Khashoggi because the trial was held behind closed doors.

    “If these people are executed without any chance to speak or explain themselves, we might never know the truth behind this murder,” she said.

    “I’m calling upon every authority in the world to condemn this kind of court decision and urgently prevent any execution, because this would just be another step in concealing the truth.”

    Executing these officers is an awkward way to eliminate evidence"

    1. the murderer of Canny Ong, contrary to reports, did have a Motive, to wit, LUST

      Canny Ong was a very attractive woman, so was Altantuyaa

    2. Just say u ONLY want to propagate yr lust induced killing by that two aye-sir-ed soldiers lah!

      Why so cryptic?

      Don't u know u r not very successful - same like yr sifu! (Ooop… did u sifu pick up that story from u ke?)

    3. Yes, The lusty pair of UTK policemen just "by the way" happened to have C4 and detonators and wiring and triggers ready in their hands after they had their fun with Altantuya.

      Did you know that one of the main reasons the military loves C4 is because it is so stable ? It will not explode by itsel , you need the right detonators and circuits to make it explode.

    4. wakakaka, it happened NOT to be C4, much as you may love that factoid