Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission: Desperate Malaysia Wants To Join Indonesia.

After being shown the door by the United Nations, Malaysia is still trying by hook or crook to get our Army to serve in Lebanon. Changing tack after hitting a brick wall in its solo attempt to get selected, our enterprising government has hit on the idea of hanging on Indonesia's coattails to get into that West Asian state. If this isn't desperation, then please enlighten me!

Malaysia is willing to cooperate with Indonesia and Brunei to join the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. He said Malaysia had held early discussions with the two countries on the matter.

However, Malaysia had still not received any indication from the United Nations on approval for Malaysian troops to serve in Lebanon, he told reporters here.

"We are still hopeful and we have told the UN Secretary-General that we are very keen to send our troops to Lebanon," he told reporters after opening the Paya Besar Umno division's delegates meeting here.

He was asked to comment on news reports that Indonesia would send 1,000 troops to southern Lebanon starting this month. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda was quoted as saying that the UN had contacted Indonesia's military to get ready to deploy its troops to southern Lebanon.

**** Really what makes me wonder is how come the Indons are acceptable to the UN and therefore apparently the Israelis, but Malaysia isn't? Is it because we make too much of the wrong noises internationally that it pisses off a lot of the big powers? Indonesia is a huge and powerful country but its international dealings seem more moderate and in line with accepted diplomatic norms. Malaysia on the other hand sometimes sounds like a cowboy and at other times, like an apologist for Islamic fanatics worldwide.

Read an earlier related post here: Why Is Malaysia So Keen To Commit Our Armed Forces In Lebanon?


Anonymous malay freemason said...

The UN cannot be trusted fully because it has in the past sided with western countries and Israel on many issues. So to them Malaysia may sound like a villain. We on the other hand have been very consistent in our foreign policy and don't practice favoritism. Western nations do not like independent successful countries like Malaysia. Our UN troops in the past have proved to be very fair in carrying out their duties.

4:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

2 often v get carried away by side shows. patriotism means loving our country right! so by any logic we should take care of our own country first,foremost & last.

why may I ask r we sending our troops to fight other peoples' dubious wars but not sending our troops/police across the country to control rampant crimes esp snatch thieves which r more serious here in our own land ?

7:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget our soldiers also got families.Who wants to send them away there should also send one or two of their family as volunteer. Then its fair.

9:21 PM GMT+8  
Blogger perlisan said...

Politicians are using our armed forces personnel as their pawn to serve their own selfish interest. They are NOT IMPARTIAL in this Lebanon conflict. They are selective in sending our army guys for overseas peace keeping missions. They want face, they want fame. In this case, they lose face by not being accepted.

btw, did they protest when the muslim Arab are butchering the muslim black african in Dafur in Sudan??

10:06 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malaysian soldiers having done well in UN peace keeping missions are ONLY told by Malaysian politicians and visiting foreign dignitaries whilst enjoying the warm and generous hospitality of their malaysian hosts! Why do we want to always blow our own bloody trumpet and secondly how can we be perceived to be nuetral in Lebanon when all the while we are one sided in our views against Israel? Rightly said, Indonesia being a much bigger country in terms of size and international repute, are more widely accepted EVEN by Israel. Indonesia also does not have a diplomatic rep in Israel. Is it not clear of what other countries think of Malaysia's leaders??

10:46 AM GMT+8  
Blogger shanghaistephen said...

malay freemason said:'We on the other hand have been very consistent in our foreign policy and don't practice favoritism'

Erhhmm...excuse me fellow Malaysian, tell me something, did we lift a finger to stop the atrocities in East Timor or in Sudan ? Where were our troops then and why didn't politicians or UMNO Youth(the kris waving morons!)protest!Only the NGO's,demanded the blood-bath be stopped.

This is cheap hippocricy !Talk about favouritism ?

10:46 AM GMT+8  

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