|KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 . . . . Desperately running out of
scapegoats to blame for its dismal performance in the country's tenth General
Elections, the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) this week
launched yet another attack on its favourite bogeyman - the ubiquitous
evil foreigner out to re-colonise Malaysia.
Former UMNO Women's Wing leader Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz this week accused
the United States of harbouring a "hidden agenda" when the US State Department
spokesman James Rubin congratulated the Opposition for its performance
in the General Elections. Obviously, more than doubling the number of seats
they have in Parliament and the State Assemblies and capturing a State
Government from right under UMNO's nose did not, in her opinion, warrant
such dubious accolades.
Her vitriol towards the Opposition is quite understandable, especially
towards Datin Seri Wan Azizah's National Justice Party which was started
from zero last April and now already has five seats. After all, it was
Wan Azizah's husband who accused Rafidah of using her political influence
to siphon off millions of ringgit worth of shares to her son-in-law's business.
And that sort of thing can get you into serious trouble these days - one
poor chap named Anwar Ibrahim was accused of using his influence and he
got a six-year prison term. And there wasn't even any money involved.
But what really got the Mother-in-Law Of The Year's knickers in a twist
was the US' apparent refusal to "acknowledge" the government's victory
in the polls. "The US action shows it has ulterior motives," Rafidah seethed,
apparently miffed that the US did not regard UMNO's losing over twenty
parliamentary seats, seventy State seats and a whole state as a "resounding"
victory for UMNO.
"We have to be very cautious and ensure that we do not fall into the
hands of foreigners …. we must continue to suspect that foreigners have
an interest in the country," she warned. Revealing words coming from the
Minister of International Trade and Industry, who is paid taxpayers' money
to help ensure there is a good, steady flow of foreign investment into
our country and foreign investors feel they are welcome to do business
here. And they wonder why it is only international loan sharks like Soros
who like investing here.
"The country must not be pawned," she declared. Unless, of course,
you happen to be one of our tottering banks and mega companies that is
in hock up to their eyeballs to the evil foreigners.
Rafidah urged the people to reject leaders who solicited the help of
foreign powers. "They are traitors and have sold the country for self-gain".
And talking about selling the country, the recently-concluded Langkawi
International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition successfully netted
a total of RM 300 million worth of contracts, mostly involving the government
and companies from a lot of these foreign powers who are out to re-colonise
Gleefully witnessed by no less than the scourge of the foreign barbarian
- Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad - our former colonial masters, in
the form of British Aerospace, sold parts for 54 aircraft worth RM15.4
million to SME Aerospace. Another local company - PSC Defence Technology
Sdn Bhd - is working with those same foreign devils to manufacture a product
most sorely needed by a rapidly-developing-but-caring country such as ours
- 105-mm artillery guns. No doubt, those very same guns may probably be
trained on Parliament the day the re-colonisation starts in earnest.
Squadrons of US-built F18 hornets zoomed across the sky above this orgy
of high-tech weaponry and mass carnage as thousands of US, British, Russian
and other foreign airmen, naval officers, army advisors and goodness knows
how many CIA agents wandered with impunity around Langkawi in their Bermudas,
And docked in the harbour was none other than the US Navy Cruiser USS
Vincennes - the same vessel that, in 1988, 'accidentally' shot down
Iran Air Flight 655 with two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 290 civilians
aboard. A small fact which inexplicably eluded the keen journalistic noses
of the hordes of intrepid reporters from the local media that swarmed the
But then, they probably thought there was no need to be rude by reminding
the Yanks about it - the foreign devils were, after all, our government's
honoured guests. And when there are rich pickings to be made 'processing'
defence and high-tech contracts worth millions, there are no hidden agendas
- even for the evil foreigner.