Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Mahathiristas begin 'ground war' on bridge ?

According to a pro-Mahathir and anti-Pak Lah website of Umno supporters KMU Dot Net, a former Malaysian ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Ahmad (picture) is going to speak on the traditionally sensitive and controversial subject of Malaysia-Singapore relations at 2.00 pm on 29 April (Sat) in Johor Baru's Hotel M-Suites.

The forum is organised by, among other organisations, Umno Youth's Pulai Division. Also on the panel are Senator Dr. Puad Zarkashi and Nur Jazlan. Reportedly, a son of ex-PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will officiate the forum.

It is not known if the forum is open to members of the public.

An aide of Abdullah Ahmad has confirmed to this blogger that the former Group Editor-in-Chief of the New Straits Times is going to attend and speak at the forum. Abdullah Ahmad, a protege of another ex-PM Tun Abdul Razak (picture), is also a former deputy minister and ISA detainee in the 1970s. It is publicly known that Abdullah Ahmad is staunchly pro-Mahathir and pro-Najib.

He is also known as one of the ideological and intellectual - and also controversial - architects of Malaysia's post-Tunku foreign policy. He obtained his MA degree from a world-class university in UK after his release from ISA detention.

Abdullah Ahmad’s vicissitude of fortune (Part 1)

Abdullah Ahmad’s vicissitude of fortune (Part 2)

Abdullah Ahmad’s vicissitude of fortune (Part 3)

M'sian defence policy - a critical survey (Part 1)

M'sian defence policy - a critical survey (Part 2)

M’sian foreign policy – a critical exploration (Part 1)

M’sian foreign policy – a critical exploration (Part 2)

Foreign troops on our soil: the true history

Tunku Abdul Rahman — the pro-West ‘nationalist’

Opposition to Tunku’s pro-West foreign policies

Spore's communist 'threat' - was it real?

KMU Dot Net

The Scribe A Kadir Jasin

M'sia hopes bridge will be accepted someday

We did not 'bend' to S'pore, says Najib

Squabbling siblings torn by love-hate relationship

Stop nonsense over half-bridge (Part 1)

Stop nonsense over half-bridge (Part 2)

The half bridge of scandals

Marginalised Mahathir

James Wong's book recommendation for rational & in-depth understanding of Singapore's foreign policy

Don't worry: information contained in the late Professor Michael Leifer's Singapore's Foreign Policy - Coping with Vulnerability (London, Routledge, 2000) is not covered or protected under the Official Secrets Act in Malaysia and Singapore.

It is, in my opinion, the most conscise analysis of Singapore's foreign policy since 1965 written by an independent and highly respected scholar specialising in Southeast Asian affairs.

Everything essential you need to know about independent and sovereign Republic of Singapore's foreign policy and how and why it was formulated is all inside the 177-page book. You just need a bit of patience, interest and time to read through it.

Professor Michael Leifer (picture), who passed away in 2001, was the Director of the Asia Research Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

His other major publications include ASEAN and the Security of Southeast Asia and Dictionary of the Modern Politics of South East Asia. Many important essays and papers he had written are now also compiled by Chin Kin Wah and Leo Suryadinata into a 748-page Michael Leifer: Selected Works on Southeast Asia (Singapore, Institutes of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005)


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