Tun Dr. Mahathir: Shock the American public!


“People must realise the horrors of war”, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s opening remark during the media conference that mark the end of the two day Kuala Lumpur Conference to Criminalise War in PWTC “What they (the Americans) do is inhumane”.

“They champion liberty, freedom, human rights and democracy but in actual fact, they torture people who they detain without trial”, when he was referring to US detention centre in Gunatanamo Bay, Cuba and Bagram, Aghanistan. In one of the sessions earlier, former detainee British citizen Moazzam Begg presented a case where 775 men, women and children were detained without trial, was never charged and even tortured customized specifically to each detainee.

“The American public must be shocked on what their government do onto others!”.

He reiterated that media has the responsibility to tell the truth. However, the statesman’s rebuttal on the claim on ‘freedom of press’, “There is no ‘freedom of press’ (In the West). They imagine what the public ‘like’ or ‘did not like'”.



Prof Chossudovsky addressing the plenary session of the Kuala Lumpur Conference to Criminialise War

When commented on Leuren Moret’s presentation, Tun Dr. Mahathir reminded that wars today are not confined to the theatres of war only. “Neighbouring countries also are affected. Current of air will take accross borders the polution and radition caused by the use of (illegal) weapons such as chemical and depleted uranium shells. The rain then will affect the drinking water and food chain”.

When asked how far will PGPO’s effort to campaign on ‘Criminalise War’, he quipped “We want to get people to start talking about ‘Criminalising War’. They will talk about it at work and at their own NGOs. Eventually, the public will realise that they should not vote people who will use the military as a tool for agression”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir explained on the new initiative of Guantanamo Solidarity Fund, which was mooted by Prof. Michel Choduvsovsky during the ‘War and Mass Media’ session, will be taken on by PGPO. The new fund is supposed to assist former detainees of Guantanamo Bay to start a new life and be relocated. He also said that PGPO will appeal to the Malaysian Government to allow former detainees of Guantanamo Bay to live in Malaysia.

In his closing address to the conference, he agreed with the opinion of controversial British MP George Galloway “There are good Jews, there also bad Jews”, which he then with his usual wit and smirk captured the humour of the audience “Just like there are good Muslims and good Muslim terrorists”.

“We won’t make new laws. We will use the laws created by UN. The Commission (on Criminalising War) will go through all the complaints thoroughly. The tribunal will preside and all persons charged would be given ample notice and ask to have legal representation. We want the process to seek justice will not be flawed (procedurally)”. Over 9,000 pages of materials have been prepared to be presented to the Commission.

Tomorrow, the Kuala Lumpur Commission on Criminalising War will convene and go thorough on all the complaints pertaining to the atrocities caused by United States, United Kingdom and Australia, after the Iraqi Invasion of 2003. Facts and evidence of the Commission would then be presented at the Kuala Lumpur War Ciminal Tribunal on Saturday and the tibunal will convene in accordance with the existing UN Laws.

Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 20:16  Leave a Comment  

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