Clowning with ignorance

The PAS clown MP

Its obvious the Opposition is desperate of real political issues to belittle or make the ruling government look bad. PAS VP Mahfudz Omar attempted to manipulate the recent visit of US Navy Nimitz Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington and accompanying vessels to Port Klang as a cheap political potshot.

Suara KeAdilan online story:

Kapal perang Amerika di M’sia, k’jaan ada agenda tersembunyi?

(Oleh Sidiqin Omar)

KUALA LUMPUR 8 Oktober: Kerajaan Umno BN digesa tidak menjadikan negara sebagai percaturan politik dunia dengan menempatkan tentera Amerika Syarikat (AS) di sini, kata Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

“Jangan jadikan Malaysia sebagai ‘base’ (pangkalan). Jangan dedahkan Malaysia sebagai tempat adu domba percaturan politik,” katanya merujuk kapal perang USS George Washington yang singgah di Pelabuhan Klang, semalam.

Bernama melaporkan kenyataan pegawai pemerintahnya, Kapten Greg Fenton, kapal tersebut yang memuatkan pasukan pesawat udara Carrier Air Wing 5 dengan 5,000 anak kapal akan berada di negara ini selama lima hari.

Laporan itu turut menyatakan enam projek komuniti akan diadakan, manakala lebih 500 orang kenamaan Malaysia akan dirai dalam satu majlis di atas kapal tersebut hari ini.

Mahfuz yang ditemui di lobi Parlimen menyatakan kebimbangan apabila USS George Washington dikatakan sebagai pasukan siap siaga untuk ‘bertindak melindungi dan mempertahan kepentingan maritim AS dan sekutunya di rantau Asia Pasifik’.

Laporan itu juga menyebut, USS George Washington dijadual menganjurkan 11 lawatan untuk ahli perniagaan Malaysia dan pegawai tentera.

“(Apabila) mereka datang untuk mengetahui maritim, sudah tentu mereka tahu tentang logistik. Adakah ada agenda tersembunyi?” soal Mahfuz.

Beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan kehadiran kapal pengangkut berkuasa nuklear itu turut bertujuan ‘mengimbangi’ peranan China di Asia Pasifik.

“Sedangkan, Malaysia sendiri ada kepentingan ekonomi dan sebagainya dengan China. Kita akan cadang membawa usul mempersoal tindakan kerajaan membenarkan kapal itu berlabuh,” tegas Mahfuz.

Mahfuz menambah, tidak ada jaminan perairan Malaysia akan selamat dari kesan radiasi akibat kehadiran kapal berkuasa nuklear USS George Washington sekiranya berlaku kebocoran.

“Apa jaminan bahawa kapal (dipantau) di bawah penjagaan baik? Kerajaan tak patut benarkan kapal nuklear itu berada di sini. (Kita) nasihat, tinggalkan Malaysia segera,” tegasnya.

Pada 8 Mac 2011, kapal ‘The USS Blue Ridge’, Armada Ketujuh dalam Tentera Laut Amerika Syarikat, pernah singgah di Port Klang Cruise Center (PCKK), kononnya bagi meningkatkan hubungan ketenteraan dengan Malaysia.

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Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quick to debunk this baseless sordid attempt to politicize the matter and poise a danger either to Malaysian foreign relations or environmental issues.

The facts is that Malaysia has been enjoying great inter-military relations and co-operations with the United States, particularly the navies of both countries. The bi-lateral naval exercises between the two services of each nation’s armed forces is a testimony of the good working relationship, understanding and now, ability to share a lot of information, including naval warfare tactics and strategy.

One of such exercise is Co-Operation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). The 18th CARAT exercise was conducted in June.

6/13/2012
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120614-N-KK935-020 LUMUT, Malaysia – The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) moors at Lumut Naval Base marking the beginning of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2012. CARAT 2012 is a nine-country, bilateral exercise between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Bidwell/Released)

18th CARAT U.S. – Malaysia Exercise Set to Start

By Commander Task Force 73 Public Affairs
LUMUT, Malaysia –The 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U. S. Coast Guard and the Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Malaysian Army, begins June 15, with the U.S. Navy Task Group and Marine landing force arriving the day before in Lumut, Malaysia.

The exercise is designed to enhance maritime skills and operational cohesiveness among the participating forces. It also focuses on relationship building between military participants through professional military exchanges, sports and social events, and improving relationships with the civilian community through civic action projects and community service events.

Capt. Dave Welch, commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, leads CARAT Task Group 73.1.

“CARAT Malaysia 2012 is a fine example of what this exercise is all about,” said Welch, who leads CARAT now for the second consecutive year. “We build on the past 18 years of cooperation, and find new exercises and methods to enhance our mutual understanding and build on the friendship and understanding between the armed forces of our great nations.”

This year, CARAT Malaysia highlights include a combined command post exercise, installation of a solar powered electrical back-up system at a local hospital, community service projects, underwater explosive ordnance training, search and rescue training and a simulated attack with U.S. Marines and Royal Malaysian Army soldiers.

CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joins the exercise for the first time in 2012.

While the training in each phase of CARAT varies based on shared goals of host nations and the U.S., a common theme is the development of maritime security capabilities, and increasing interoperability among participants. Skill areas exercised during CARAT include Maritime Interception Operations; riverine, amphibious and undersea warfare operations; diving and salvage operations; naval gunnery and maneuvering events, along with disaster response exercises.

U.S. Navy ships participating in CARAT 2012 include the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) and the diving and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50). Other participants include Marines from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, who will work with Royal Malaysian Army forces, an SH-60 Seahawk aircraft, the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Band, and others.

Approximately 1,000 U.S. personnel are participating in CARAT Malaysia 2012.

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It is obvious that these military exercises and US naval forces visitations to Malaysia would bring benefits.

The increase of number of USN ships visiting our ports also indicates the level of trust/confident they have in us from the security perspectives. Ifg they don’t feel secure they wouldn’t be here, the Americans are known for their overly concerned and even phobia when it comes to their personnel and assets of the armed forces’ security.

USN destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur during LIMA 2011

The amount of USN ships visiting our ports could also be viewed as one of the indicators on how good the bilateral relationship and cooperation between the two navies are. This is not withstanding a good foreign affairs and close diplomatic relationship between the respective Governments, representing the people of the two nations.

The good working relationship also is extended to other security agencies. This is particularly important as the security agencies share information and even intelligence, especially in the war against global terrorism. Royal Malaysian Police Anti Terrorism Task Force and the ATM Directorate of Military Intelligence share information and intelligence with their American counterparts and these cross-sharing mutually benefit both countries’ security operations.

KD Lekir in foreground, sailing close to USS Carl Vinson

In short, military co-operation between Malaysian and United States is an extension to both nation’s foreign relations.

Taking a more tactical point, any visitation of a CVN like George Washington or the recent visit of USS John C Stennis to the RMN naval base in Sepanggar Bay, Sabah would mean that there would be easily 5,000 sailors and airmen onboard. If considering 40% of each vessel get shore leave and spend the US Dollars in establishments such as F & B outlets, hotels, entertainment outlets and even local retail stores, it is like a ‘naval tourism’ came to town. Some of the US Navy personnel families are even flown to meet their spouses, father for brothers when they come ashore.

There are local contractors which will benefit from these visitations as the vessels needs uploading of food, water and supplies. There are also opportunities waste management system contractors.

CVN 74 USS John C Stennis with the Kinabalu range in the background, in the recent visit to RMN naval base Sepanggar Bay

Mahfuz is obviously an ignorant on technology. The US Navy has been operating nuclear powered air craft carrier, cruisers and submarines since 50 years ago. Their sense of safety and envrironmental with regards to these military assets have been near impeccable. The risk of such accidents is very low. Otherwise, nations such as Japan, South Korea, the Phillipines, Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada, Panama, Egypt, just to name a few, would not have allowed these nuclear powered or even armed vessels to dock at their ports. Let alone, to have US Navy bases in these countries.

The PAS Vice President should get assistance from their party strategists, for talking points before he opens his mouth again. It is utterly sad the Pokok Sena MP is a political clown, extraordinaire.

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  1. Yes, I also think he is a political clown. He has no clue about geopolitics, about international affairs, the protection of national interests, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He probably does not even know what the national interests are.

    We have a Western-style democracy, a Constitution patterned after the Westminster system. Our future must lie with the West.

    China has become a the second biggest economy in the world. Spending tons of money on defence. Some 25 years before they can become a Super Power, said one analyst. But they have started building aircraft carriers. And they have been having nuclear bombs since Mao Zedong’s time in the 1960s.

    The question is only of delivery – the range of their guided missiles. They have now got rockets flying to outer space. Soon they’ll be having – if not already having – satellites in space for military purposes, to guide their missiles of the American Scud type or Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). Their aircraft carriers would further enhance their delivery capabilities to areas not deliverable from their own territory.

    They have already tried to be funny in this region. Claiming islands that the Filipinos and the Japanese have claimed long before. Flexing their muscles. There are also islands in the South China Sea that Malaysia claims and are being disputed by China. We must have adequate protection against those fellows flexing their muscle against us small entities.

    Having joint military exercises drive home the point to potential big bullies not to muck with us. It’s pre-emptive, as well as preparation in the event of any eventuality. It’s therefore damn stupid of blokes to criticize such efforts as participating in joint naval exercises with the Americans et al.

    • We may have joint exercises even with the Russians. I haven’t seen the Russians rearing their ugly head in our area.

      Even the communists in this country didn’t fraternize with Russians. They did with the communist Chinese of mainland China. In addition to having a territorial dispute with us, China is suspect for its record in supporting the Malayan Communist Party before.

      Can we have joint exercises with Russia? Didn’t we buy weapons from them? Large scale training in the use of those and other weapons lah.

      Or the Americans would discourage it? Are we beholden to them for anything? Mahfuz ada tahu ka fasal ini?

    • I like the idea of the Russians showing their presence in this area. They have no love lost with China I think. They have a huge border with China. In their mutual interest to be friendly, at least correct in their posturing.

      But then we could persuade them, could’t we? Buy more weapons from them to get them hold a joint exercise with us here, amacam?

      What you think Mahfuz? PAS should like it. They are quite loyal friends to Muslim countries Iran, and now Syria.

  2. We would have been gobbled up by the Indonesians under the dictator Sukarno during the undeclared war called Confrontation inthe 1960s if not for the British. So, keep the joint exercises going.

    Which country can defend itself or promote its national interest militarily by itself? Even Europe needed the Americans in World War II. George Bush called for a “Coalition of the Willing” during the Iraq War.

    PAS wants to call Guan Eng or Mat Sabu or Anwar to defend Malaysia? Anwar will run to defend Israel first. He has said he wants to defend the security of Israel. Guan Eng asked Penangites to look to China when he officiated a building named after Sun Yat Sen in Penang – that fler has nothing to do with Malaysia except tumpang duduk di Penang during the turmoil in China many years ago.

    Mat Sabu? He’ll defend and promote Mat Indera and the communist terrorists who killed the Policemen and burnt the Police Station in Kepong, Muar during the period of communist insurgency in this country. Shit fellows.

    • The Opposition is bent on making the leftists, incl the communist rebels & terrorists as the ‘True Independent Fighters’. Now, they are even advocates for Chin Peng to be brought back and see his birthplace.

      The same birthplace where he butchered in cold blood unarmed civilians, like schoolmasters & government employees.

      I see you’re an advocate of Royal Malaysian Navy doing military exercise with the Russian Navy. Just for record, when Russia was still Soviet Union, they participated in the Langkawi International Fleet Review in 1990.

      Today, Russian Navy is not what they used to be. Many of their capital ships have been de-comm’ed.

      I read before Big Dog advocated for a joint Commonwealth Naval Exercise. RMN, RSN, RBN, Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Omani, South African, Royal Navy and Royal Australian and Royal Canadian navies do a joint exercise. Could be in South China sea, or North Indian Ocean, doesn’t matter.

      Most important is, its a new military co-operation within the ‘family’. Niow, that would be interesting!

      P/S: Just add a bit of spice, PAS were receiving money as contribution from the KGB in the 60s, 70s and early 80s.

      • That’s interesting – can give some details or links on PAS receiving money from KGB pls?

        Maybe Mahfuz wd like some and wd speak for Russians being in this area.

      • I’m aware that a lot of the Russian military hardware went missing etc as a result of the break up of the Soviet Union. And many Russian rouges became multi millionaires in the process. But I don’t know the extent of the weakening of the Russian military power by that.

        I think they were still a force to reckon with at the time of the Iraq War, hence it was proposed that NATO undertake the war, and when some NATO members chose otherwise, George Bush called for a “Coalition of the Willing.”

        I don’t think they have lost the Super Power status they had during Soviet days. They could still be a power to play the balancing game and we could have joint exercises with them in this region. I’m interested in the 3-corner idea of US, Russia and China alert to one another’s monkey business. One may not be strong enough without the other especially when China becomes a Super Power. So, being friendly with both US and Russia would be smart for us, I think.

        We have to always remember that should China try to be funny with us, the Fifth Column is always there. Judging form their lack of respect for the Constitution, King and Country, those blokes would sell the country for nothing. Especially to their own kind. Like the disgruntled Chinese General in charge of the north eastern defences of China who opened the gates to the Manchurian forces which occupied China initially without much resistance, conquered it and ruled for several hundred years until the 20th Century.

        And I don’t think I’ll apologize for that feeling of gloom and doom. Malaysian blogs are full of that potential Fifth Column kind.

  3. Seriously, someone like him should never ever touch anything related to foreign policies. This guys is as blind as a bat to understand anything outside from his world of deviant Islamic values.

  4. On a matter of principle, Malaysia should not have any military relations with a world power which attacks, invades and tries to destabilise other countries, especially like now in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan.

    If you see this as right, no wonder then that the pro-opposition NGOs and politicians see no wrong in accepting funds from bodies such as the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Freedom House, Open Society Institute, etc in the believe that it helps their cause.

    Meanwhile, U.S. and western imperialism play both sides in Malaysia through different means, like puppets on a string.

    • Where got same, how can compare, world powers and opposition NGOs, Mister?

      Were got world power that doesn’t attack, invade and try to destabilize other countries. Forget about long ago, just think of period after World War II – which world power does not do that?

  5. LOL. Unfortunate that we pick on an MP and dressed him as a clown when the underlying topic is of such great importance that it has merit to be discussed at length on its own.

    To me this topic is too complex that it should be left for the experts. Suffice nonetheless that we opined and share what we know.

    Throughout history, I concur that all small countries are pawns to some big power play. Whether we trust in ZOPFAN or not, when a real crisis emerges, Malaysia has to take sides. Even Singapore takes a lesson or two from the Zionists in order to protect from her Muslim neighbors.

    My take after my cursory study of American ‘imperialism’ post WWII and American ‘spectrum domination’ over Muslim natural resources:

    1. American/Western/NATO military adventures and intervention cannot be trusted even an iota. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) pursues only private profit and for the furtherance of the oligarghs. This obsevation sounds simplistic but it is most logical and accurate. Do you think raining down Scud missiles over Libya is cheap and without ulterior motives per chanting humanitarian grounds? Do you think they split Sudan without a reason? Do you think they ousted Mossadeg in 1953 without a reason?

    2. Western interest on Muslim land is all about natural resources. Plse read “Towards a World War III Scenario” by Michel Chossudovsky p. 39 for example. Even Muslims are fooled over the cry of humitarianism in Syria. Yes, part of their pursuit is to overthrow Assad as being ally to Iran. Besides that and more pressing is about oil pipe line. Assad’s plan on the route to this pipe line does concur well with Israeli and Turkey. There goes.

    Dear Muslims, you think the Kafiir value your life more than their own private profit? Sanctions In Iraq killed 500,000 children and the they say “it’s worth it”. Do you know that the Americans stop counting when the figure reached 500K? Do you know that 1M Muslims souls perished in the Iraqi invasion, all because of a pack of lies?

    I say if Malaysia has 10% of global oil reserves, we would be doomed.

    • Unfortunately, not many Malaysians like to read the works of Michel Chossudovsky whom I highly respect.

      http://www.globalresearch.ca

      This article and the most comments here are just part of the rhetoric between BN supporters and Pakatan supporters.

      BN supporters here say it’s OK to have military collaboration with the U.S., while Pakatan supporters say it’s OK for NGOs like SUARAM to receive funds from U.S. government funded agencies such as the National Democratic Institute, and from George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

      Also, Muslims should be wary of being used an tools by the U.S. and other imperialists. For example against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and the KLA against Serbia.

      Then when their job is done, the U.S. imperialists can turn against them, such as how it has invaded Afghanistan.

      Osama bin Ladin collaborated with the U.S. against the Soviets but later he became the U.S.’ “public enemy no. 1” though it’s still believed that Al Qaeda still is an ally of the CIA, which plays the role of an “enemy.”

  6. Aiyya, government-to-government military collaboration with U.S is far different from Malaysian NGOs receiving funds from US to destabilize Malaysian government lah. Can’t you see the difference?

    And they are not “U.S. government funded agencies” lah. They are NGOs – non-governmental organizations. The National Endowment for Democracy and others are funded largely by Neoconservatives, Jews and Zionists with the undeclared aim of weakening Muslim governments the world over.

    Don’t you know that George Soros is also a Jew and that the Muslims and Jews have a long history of animosities, that the Jewish Temple that Jews the world over go for pilgrimage to in Jerusalem was ransacked and burnt down in history, and that on it was built the Al Aqsa Mosque from which the Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven.

    • The above comment was meant as a reply to 13:09 IT.Sheiss.

      Wanna add:

      I have not bothered to go to the link you provided because your arguments may have been based on views in there and I’m afraid those views are shallow.

      Al Qaeda “still is an ally of the CIA”? Never heard of that before. You mean Obama having Ben Laden shot dead was just for fun? Haba haba.

      I assume you want readers to believe what you say and the onus is on you to substantiate or explain it a little – readers may not be bothered to even click the links provided unless they are authoritative and reliable and your arguments cogent, attracting readers to the links.

  7. Major arms supplying countries control sales of arms – e.g only Israel may get the sophisticated weapons from US. Maybe Singapore, too, because of Jewish influence in US and Singapore has Israeli military advisers stationed there.

    We bought some fighter aircraft from Russia, didn’t we? So why not military exercises with Russia? Need not be naval. Anything that’ll widen our knowledge of fighting various kinds of enemies. And keeping good relations with others who may want to sell us sophisticated weapons when needed.

    Talk about super powers playing the small guys. We can play them, too. A bit, maybe.

  8. Awat laaaa bodo sangat ni Mahfudz. Aku nak komen pun tak lalu. Aku ingat Mat Sabu sorang dah cukup dah, Ada lagi….

    Iskkk pi baca buku Barry Buzan ka apa ka, lepas tu baru bukak mulut kat parlimen buleh dak?

    Bodoh tak boleh boleh diajar!!!

    I dont want to waste even an iota of intelectual discourse on this all to often foot-in-the-mouth type of politician. I deemed that as an insult to the practitioner, student of international relation and academia as a whole.


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