Up till noon today, on the expiry of my 72 hour offer to meet MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and the Gerakan President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, together or separately, any place any time to discuss how we can co-operate in the larger national interests to save Malaysia from a global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state, I have not been contacted, either directly or indirectly, by Liow or Mah.
I regret this although I am not in the least surprised that Liow and Mah are not prepared to save Malaysia from kleptocracy as their entire political future hinge on not rocking Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s boat like raising awkward issues concerning the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB kleptocratic money-laundering scandal.
I also regret that the PAS President, Datuk Hadi Awang had spurned my offer of co-operation to save Malaysia from becoming a global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state, as there had been complete silence from him in the last six days apart from puerile, ridiculous and malicious responses from his subordinates in PAS.
What the issue in the past six days had shown is that I am prepared to co-operate with Najib, Hadi, Liow, Mah and the other Barisan Nasional leaders in Sabah and Sarawak on an overriding national agenda – to save Malaysia from global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state – but unfortunately, Najib, Hadi, Liow and Mah are not prepared to reciprocate.
Of course, it will not be easy for them to reciprocate my offer for what does saving Malaysia from global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state mean?
It will mean opening the whole 1MDB scandal to national and international scrutiny to prove that it is not an international multi-billion dollar money-laundering scandal instead of the present stance of the Najib government which refuses to admit the existence of a 1MDB scandal, while almost every other day, it is creating international waves and world headlines in the rest of the globe!
It will also mean bringing to justice the main protagonists of the 1MDB scandal, not only “MO1” but also billionaire Jho Low and the other “movers and shakers” of the 1MDB scandal.
It may also mean the immediate resignation of Najib as Prime Minister and agreement on the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia!
What are the full implications of a national patriotic effort by all political parties and political leaders to save Malaysia from global kleptocracy and a failed and a rogue state are now “waters under the bridge”, because Najib, Hadi, Liow and Mah do not agree with it.
I am disappointed by this great missed opportunity to save Malaysia from a global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state but patriotic Malaysians must have the courage and commitment to move on to carry out this great “Save Malaysia” task themsevles, despite the negative and indifferent responses not only from the UMNO, MCA and Gerakan Presidents but also from the PAS President.
At present, three main thoughts predominate in my mind.
The first was what the great Islamic scholar of the 19th century, Muhammad Abduh wrote, after his return from France in 1888, that “I went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims; I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but not Islam”.
It is sad that there are Muslim leaders in Malaysia who refuse to recognise that core values such as integrity, freedom, human rights, and justice, are universal and do not conflict with Islam or any religion and are in fact important constituents of Islamic teachings.
Secondly, the report that Ireland leads the world in Islamic values as Muslim states lag, based on an index of Economic Islamcity or how closely the policies and achievements of countries reflect Islamic economic teachings and the study of 208 countries and territories by an academic at George Washington University.
Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, said Muslim countries used religion as an instrument of state control.
He said: “We must emphasise that many countries that profess Islam and are called Islamic are unjust, corrupt, and underdeveloped and are in fact not ‘Islamic’ by any stretch of the imagination.
“Looking at an index of Economic Islamicity, or how closely the policies and achievements of countries reflect Islamic economic teachings – Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, Norway, and Belgium round up the first 10”.
Thirdly, the just-released Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, where nine of the ten most corrupt countries of the world are members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), viz: (ranging from rankings 166 – 175: Iraq, Guinea-Bissau, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Korea (North), South Sudan and Somalia.
The TI CPI 2016 seems to vindicate Hossein Askari’s thesis, that the Koran’s teachings are better represented in Western societies than in Islamic countries, which have failed to embraced the values of their own faith in politics, business, law and society.
These are food for thought for all Malaysians, both Muslims and non-Muslims, while we celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, unfortunately for the first time, under the cloud of Malaysia as a “global kleptocracy”.