Friday, April 04, 2008

One Dictator Helps Out Another - "Mugabe Welcome To Exile In Malaysia," Says Dr Mahathir

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has told Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe that he would be welcomed with open arms if he chose a life of exile after his electoral defeat.

The policy-setting politburo of Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party will meet today to decide on its response to the election results, which gave the opposition a majority in parliament.

Mahathir, a close Mugabe ally, said he expected the Zimbabwean leader to accept the results of the national polls. He said: “If he wants to come here, the [Malaysian] government should welcome him. If he has lost, he has to accept the decision of the people.”

Mohamad made his comments a few hours before Mugabe made his first public appearance, in the company of African Union election observers, since casting his ballot.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party was yesterday gearing-up for a final battle to save Mugabe’s 28-year presidency, saying it was ready for an election run-off with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

State media said a run-off was now the most likely outcome because, it claimed, no clear winner had emerged from Saturday’s polls. A government spokesman said Mugabe ’s party was ready for a new battle.

Tsvangirai’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change maintains that its leader has surpassed the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off, but says it will fight a deciding contest if necessary.

Deputy information minister Brigh Matonga indicated that Mugabe was in no mood to step aside. “Zanu-PF is ready for a run-off. We are ready for a resulting victory,” said Matonga, who is also a senior lawmaker.

He said the party had “let the president down ” in the first round and had not diverted enough energy into its campaign. Matonga said: “In terms of strategy, we only applied 25 percent of our energy into this campaign. That (the run-off) is when we are going to unleash the other 75 percent that we did not apply in the first case.”

ANC president Jacob Zuma, speaking to delegates at the ANC Youth League conference in Bloemfontein yesterday, said his party was watching what was happening in Zimbabwe “very closely”. Zuma said: “We urge our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe to respect the will of the people, regardless of the results of the election. Working together, they will be able to find solutions to any challenges that arise out of the elections.”

President Thabo Mbeki also called for all in Zimbabwe to accept the election results. Yesterday, Cosatu’s general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said at the ANCYL conference that his federation welcomed “the change” brought about by the MDC becoming the majority party.

He said he hoped there would also be change at the presidential level. But he warned that a new administration would have a difficult task in rebuilding an economy the inflation rate of which had “reached unheard of percentages”, and in which there was high unemployment.

At the time of going to press last night, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had begun issuing the official results of the country’s upper house of parliament’s elections.

# Late last night, Sapa reported several journalists, including an American, had been detained during a police search for journalists covering the elections without accreditation. The York Lodge, a hotel popular with Western journalists, was raided by armed police, the hotel confirmed. Police also searched the Meikles Hotel, journalists said. (The Times, South Africa)

***** While it is understandable that dictators have much in common and as we can see they also have a soft spot for fellow dictators and often look out for each other, Dr Mahathir's welcome for Mr Mugabe seems a little out of line. After all Dr M's writ doesn't quite run in the executive these days and one must wonder who gave him the right to welcome the Zimbabwean leader?
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12 Comments:

Anonymous Purple Haze said...

Mugabe might give Malaysia's economy a one time bump in GDP if he brings his wealth into the country.

11:01 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

birds of the same feather flock together. corrupt minds think alike, no?

11:27 AM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Robert Mugabe ran a regime characterised by Corruption, Abuse of Power, Repression, Trampling on Minority rights, Perversion of the Judiciary, misuse of the Police force....

Yeah, I'm not surprised Mugabe and Mahathir form a mutual appreciation society...

12:13 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mugabe may at the end take his soul-mate to his country for asylum instead of the other way round. Let us wait and see

12:51 PM GMT+8  
Blogger SansPrejudice said...

Sure, if at all it is true Mahathir has invited Mugabe. Make Malaysia a hub of disgraced despots, tyrants, dictators and other riff raffs from the world over. I nominate Mahathir to be the Life President of this prestigious grouping.They can also form a defacto government-in-exile here and while away their idleness by taking potshots at their democratically elected government back home and generally make fools of themselves.
Perhaps,they can also transfer their ill-begotten wealth to Malaysia as well.

1:35 PM GMT+8  
Blogger SansPrejudice said...

Sure, if at all it is true Mahathir has invited Mugabe. Make Malaysia a hub of disgraced despots, tyrants, dictators and other riff raffs from the world over. I nominate Mahathir to be the Life President of this prestigious grouping.They can also form a defacto government-in-exile here and while away their idleness by taking potshots at their democratically elected government back home and generally make fools of themselves.
Perhaps,they can also transfer their ill-begotten wealth to Malaysia as well.

1:36 PM GMT+8  
Blogger mech81 said...

Mahathir may accept him but he hasnt asked what the Malaysian ppl feel for accepting such a tyrant. Never has one man caused one bustling economy to become the highest inflationary economy in the world. Its a world's first and still denies that the economy in tatters.

I, a Malaysian citizen am apalled that Mugabe would is welcomed by Mahathir if he decides leave zimbabwe

1:41 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous FBO said...

Banish these two crooks to Pulau Jerejak ,let them have each other as company.

3:02 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Mamak still thinks that he owns Malaysia??
He can decide who should be the next PM, which disgraced Dictator to be welcomed here ??
Deh, wake up lah, si Mamak, your time has past, you are irrelevant now. Just retire peacefully before you get another heart attack.

3:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sansprejudice

how about setting a colony in timbaktu? Mahatir as the President and Mugabe as the deputy President. All corrupt fellas are free to join but the citizenship comes with a price tag of US$1.0 million. Bare Houses go for no less than US$5 million per unit. Expensive? No man, coz it factors in the cost of greasing of hands.
By the way, inflation rate may run to 1,000% per year. Cultural shock?

3:52 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One dictator in the country is quite enough. We don't need another one to create more problem for us. Let the Zimbawians hang him from a tree.

8:57 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous BrightEyes said...

Who gave Dr.M the right to welcome Mugabe here? Easy... Dr.M still thinks he's Prime Minister.

3:17 PM GMT+8  

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