Singaporean Patriach and former PrIme Minister Lee Kuan Yew is in town for eight days. This is his first visit since nine years ago. The founder and former PAP Supremo, who once instructed that ‘PAP is to be enacted here in Malaysia’ in the form of DAP after the expulsion of the Chauvinist Chinese from Malaysia, is here to have discussions with Malaysian Leaders, namely the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin, PAS President Dato’ Seri Hj Hadi Awang, PKR Selangor MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and last but not least, UMNO Youth Head Khairy Jamaluddin. He also sought audience with HM SPB YDP Agong XIII Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmood.
He tried to see Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. However, the latter saw it was pointless for him to do so, as he was no longer in any capacity within the Malaysian Governmemt where else the former is still serving in the Cabinet as Minister Mentor, despite having to retire 19 years ago.
The Star has the story:
Friday June 12, 2009
Dr M: No reason for Kuan Yew to see me
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he does not see any reason for Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to meet with him.
He was asked by reporters on the possibility of him meeting Lee, who is in the country for an eight-day visit.
“I don’t see why he would request to see me – I am a nobody,” he told reporters when pressed further on should there be a request from Lee to see him.
Dr Mahathir met reporters after launching Sapura Crest Petroleum Bhd’s new state-of-the-art Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) called the Typhoon, which is capable of deep-water operations, during the Oil and Gas Asia 2009 Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.
He was also asked to comment on the meeting between Lee and opposition leaders and the advice he gave to them.
“Lee Kuan Yew has a lot of experience. Our politicians know nothing. That is why we have to learn from Singapore. Singapore is a great country, they invest so much money,” he said.
On the third bridge issue, Dr Mahathir said: “If we give sand, then we can get the bridge.” — Bernama
The ‘courtesy visit’ to these Malaysian Leaders is not without strategic Singaporean interests being the top most agenda. Being a ‘Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’ phobia and time and again reflecting the Malaysian Fourth Prime Minister as being an ‘ultra Malay’, these are the points that can be summed up from Lee Kuan Yew’s discussions here in Malaysia:
- Singapore regards their ‘hinterland’ is 6,000 km radius from the island city-state. That include Kuala Lumpur-Beijing-Tokyo is within the realm on Singapore ‘sovereign’
- Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir should stop attacking Singapore as it will not provide a conducive environment and attitude for Singaporeans to invest in Iskandar Malaysia. This will hinder any investments from UAE as the Dubaiians and Abu Dhabiites were said to be in ‘close relationship’ with Singapore.
- Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion that the water rate to Singapore should be raised from 3 sen to RM 8.00 per litre was absurd. This will force Sinagpore to develop and adopt technology to desalinate sea water. The Gulf Co-operation Communities (GCC) have now followed suit on Singapore’s move
- Agreeing to the proposal of the ‘bridge replacing the causeway’ would have cost them SGD 500 Million more to relocate their CIQ. It would be cheaper for the third bridge proposal
- Singapore is prepared for the Doha Round WTO trade negotiations to fail as they have signed separate series of Free Trade Agreements (FTA), which will put them way ahead of Malaysia, which missed signing the FTA with the USA (the largest economy in the world) for many unrevolved outstanding issues
- They are also in the opinion that Malaysia should not worry if Singaporeans invest in Iskandar Malaysia, it will beef up the Chinese ethnic population within the most wealthiest Malay hinterland. Arrogantly, Lee argued that the Malays will now benefit when they work for the Singaporeans, in their own hinterland
The arrogance of Lee Kuan Yew at this point of time is really baffling. Despite the recent success of the re-capture of Singaporean most wanted terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari in Skudai recently ( the freak escape from a high security detention centre was a major embarrasment for Singapore) and the importance of a symbiotic relationship between the two nation especially in the challenge of regional and global economy, political and cultural trend and changes, the Chinese Chauvinist Lee is still playing the ‘superiority complex’ card and bulldozing his way through. This attitude to capitalise on Singaporean strategic interests with expense of others and insulting them in their own home, especially in a condesending tone presentation shows how Malaysians should be on high alert when it comes to issues regarding Singapore.
Lee’s sudden interest in Iskandar Malaysia is inconsistent with his earlier statements against Johor. Previously, he warned Singaporeans of the ‘high crimes’ in Johor Bahru. Now, in Kuala Lumpur he talks about Singaporeans investing within the mega economic development plan provided that “Tun Dr. Mahathir shut his trap”.
In the past, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been strongly criticised for his pro-Singaporean policies which was demonstrated to be detrimental to Malaysian interests, such as the cancellation of the Scenic Bridge, the sale of GLC shares to Temasek Holdings, the ill prepared Batu Puteh case that turned into a political tragedy and the cordial invitation of Singaporeans into the strategic planning of Iskandar Malaysia, something some viewed as a mega project that benefit Singapore most. Singaporean officers are now directly involved as part of the joint task force into the strategic planning and agenda such as tourism, transportation, environment and immigration, Iskandar Malaysia is coined as ‘Greater Singapore’ by some political hardliners.
Towards the end of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s tenure, Singapore was pushing to have a MRT station build within the city limits Johor Bahru or Iskandar Malaysia and they have full control of the station and path throughout withinn its Malaysian operations. Of course, Malaysians especially Johoreans will never forget the point where the ‘Scenic Bridge replacing the Johor Causeway’ was abruptly cancelled despite PM Goh Chok Tong’s 11 April 2002 letter of no objection for the Malaysian decision to carry on with the project (within the borders of Malaysian waters) and the last minute inclusion of the agenda for the sale of sand to Singapore (deemed as the “Malaysian Porposal”) and the use of Johor airspace for SAF military objective. This dismay of Johoreans is very much reflective in the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections where as Johor being considered an ‘UMNO fixed deposit’, recorded the highest number of spoilt votes.
Lee Kuan Yew in past has been shown to have conniving mindset and constantly crafting things to make sure Singapore gets something more, at the expense of others. Singapore was unable to liberate itself from Britain on their own but managed to gain its independence through the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. He defied the ‘gentlemens’ agreement between himself and YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra to not indulge in politics at the Federal level and saw the opportunity to stir up racial and chauvinistic tones to propel the domination and control of Chinese ethnic in a Malay majority nation. ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ was his creation and now the battle cry of the DAP. As a result, Singapore was expelled from the Federation of Malaysia slight less than two years being admitted.
Singapore than became a further ‘thorn for Malaysia’, especially being Israel’s closest ally here in this region of 300 Million conservative but peaceful Muslim Malay archipleago. Upon the expulsion, Lee invited the Israelis instead of India and Egypt which volunteered assistance, to establish and develop what is today the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The military co-operation between the two nation developed further and they began to co-manufacture and supply arms. Then was so insensitive to its highly tolerant neighbours, he invited former Zionist war monger Israeli President Chaim Herzog to have a formal state visit in 1987. Now, after the American withdrawal from Subic Bay naval base and Clarks Air Base in The Phillipines, the end of the Cold War and the success of making ASEAN a super power free region, Singapore has offered the American’s their facilities for the full scale military base in the region having to use a midway technical base requirement between East Asia and West Asia. Singapore is also an advocate of Western and Neo Con Jewish agenda in the region such as the pressure to ‘democratize’ Myanmar.
It is commonly known that Lee Kuan Yew is envious against Malaysia’s successes like Sepang F1 circuit, Port of Tanjong Pelepas and the capital control solution during the 97-98 regional financial crisis, post his retirement. Despite Malaysia successfully developed syariah compliant financing and banking more than 25 years ago, Singapore now working very hard to aspire to be the global most important hub for Islamic banking and financial services. Hence, that is why Lee Kuan Yew felt that the rich Arab’s with the GCC would be more ‘friendly’ towards Singapore’s ‘advice’.
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s visit this round could also be taken as trying to further ‘ruffle the feather’. Then again, Singaporeans are very good at that. When Malaysian Federal Government Leaders visit Singapore, they never meet up Opposition Leaders for reason to ‘take care the feelings’ and ‘give face’ to their host, esepcially when Singapore being almost a one party system is very sensitive to the fact of having Oppositions around. And yet, when their patriach pops by our turf, they take pleasure at the expense our the comfort of the majority in meeting the people who actually make the political process against nation building agenda much costlier and resource consuming.
Outstanding issues, especially those which are very close to Malaysian hearts have not moved an inch closer to a more amicable solution. These include the Tanjong Pagar KTM land, CPF withdrawal, water issues (which include the hand over of the Lingui dam in Pulai back from Singapore PWD) and other bilateral issues. In the recent courtesy call of Sixth Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s innaugral visit to Singapore, none of these issues were brought up in the bilateral talks. Instead, the Singaporeans induced the third bridge proposal to come out of it.
Lee Kuan Yew made Singaporeans paranoid into being the ‘seige mentality’ and thus justify their arms build up and tight control of the city state. For someone who ask ‘Singaporeans to stay away from Johor’, he seems to be spending a lot of time doing ‘walk abouts’ in Malaysia.
We no longer want Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to repeat the damage that has been done by his predecessor and Singapore friendly ‘Level Four Boys’ advisers. Malaysia should protect its sovereignty and interests at all cost. Most of all, Malaysia should protect its maruah! Lee Kuan Yew is the sort of ‘banana’ (‘yellow’ im the outside but ‘white’ in the inside) who conveniently insult and then takes pleasure in defacing Malaysia’s maruah into the mud in our own lawn.