|Anwar's stance on the conflict between Israel and Palestine prompted significant criticism.(Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/ The Mole)|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: Ties between opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and people who support Zionism will result in Malaysia losing its sovereignty if he becomes the Prime Minister, said Muslim scholar Ismail Mina Ahmad.
Ismail said it is not purely coincidental for Anwar to have strong ties with Western politicians such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, as well as Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon.
Speaking to The Mole, Ismail said: “Anwar’s ties with these leaders are not a secret. He has been associated with many think tanks which supported Zionism and he was given the acknowledgement in the book “Building Moderate Muslim Networks” published by the RAND Corporation.”
The book description stated: "authors derive lessons from the U.S. and allied Cold War network-building experience, determine their applicability to the current situation in the Muslim world, assess the effectiveness of U.S. government programs of engagement with the Muslim world, and develop a 'road map' to foster the construction of moderate Muslim networks".
“What is worrying is how far Anwar will promote this agenda to our society once he becomes the leader. Secondly, how can Malaysia call itself a sovereign state if its leader is controlled by the West?” Ismail asked.
He said Anwar would be the puppet of Western leaders whose agendas have been promoted in Malaysia through several non-governmental organisations such as the NED (National Endowment for Democracy and KAS (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/ Foundation).
Tony Cartalucci, a geopolitical writer based in Bangkok also took note of Anwar's foreign ties.
Cartalucci wrote: "Anwar Ibrahim was Chairman of the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1998, held lecturing positions at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, was a consultant to the World Bank, and a panelist at the Neo-Con lined National Endowment for Democracy's 'Democracy Award' and a panelist at a NED donation ceremony - the very same US organization whose subsidiaries are funding and supporting Bersih - casts irrefutable doubt on their official agenda for "clean and fair elections."
"Claims by Bersih members that Anwar Ibrahim is 'hijacking' their movement ring especially hollow when looking at both his and Bersih's entwined foreign financial and political backers."
Ismail also said Anwar’s ties with Western leaders are planned by post-modernist thinkers to ensure their power grasp on Southeast Asian countries, especially Malaysia.
“I have mentioned in the Zionist agenda in our society. Muslims will be divided and our faith will be flawed with their ideologies.”
“We must keep in mind that this agenda will affect our relation to other Muslim countries as well,” he added.
Ismail, who was once Anwar’s close associate, also expressed his concern over Malaysia’s stand in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict once Pakatan Rakyat, led by Anwar, takes over the federal administration.
“Due to his relations with these leaders, Anwar was forced to make a stand in his interview with the Wall Street Journal,” said Ismail.
“It’s weird for a Malaysian leader to come out with such remarks, because we know our stance. It’s pretty obvious how Anwar had to say it to maintain the relationship with his allies.”
In the Jan 26 interview last year Anwar had said: “I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”
This had drawn criticism by national leaders including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who pointed out Anwar's remarks meant he is in full support of the extreme terror inflicted by the Tel Aviv regime on Palestinian.