A letter from Mahathir bin Mohamad

I got this in an email today, an open letter written for Barack Obama by Mahathir bin Mohamad for Global Research. You might have read it before but it is surely worth reading again.

January 1, 2009
Dear Mr. President,
I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian.
But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.
I welcome your promise for change. Certainly your country, the United States of America needs a lot of changes.
That is because America and Americans have become the most hated people in the world. Even Europeans dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.
It is the custom on New Year’s day for people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do the following in pursuit of Change.
1) Stop killing people. The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today’s wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated.
War is primitive, the cavemen’s way of dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning for future wars.
2) Stop indiscriminate support of Israeli killers with your money and your weapons. The planes and the bombs killing the people of Gaza are from you.
3) Stop applying sanctions against countries which cannot do the same against you.
In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000 children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were born deformed.
What have you achieved with this cruelty? Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.
4) Stop your scientists and researchers from inventing new and more diabolical weapons to kill more people more efficiently.
5) Stop your arms manufacturers from producing them. Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money that you earn. It is un-Christian.
6) Stop trying to democratize all the countries of the world. Democracy may work for the United States but it does not always work for other countries.
Don’t kill people because they are not democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew. And you have not succeeded anyway.
7) Stop the casinos which you call financial institutions. Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading. Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions.
Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.
8 ) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements.
9) Show respect for the United Nations.
I have many other resolutions for change which I think you should consider and undertake.
But I think you have enough on your plate for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.
If you can do only a few of what I suggest, you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils that surround them.
May I wish you a Happy New Year and a great Presidency.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)


27 thoughts on “A letter from Mahathir bin Mohamad

  1. Nice one innit?
    A lot of people are waiting to see how Obama will proceed with his foreign policy. There is ot of hopeful’s. I am waiting to see what shock or charm he will bring to the world!

  2. People actually say a lot of good things but do very little of what they are preaching, although many people my not like Mahathir but he did get a lot of things done for the better, at least for his own country.

    People nowadays talk to much and have opinions about almost every other damn thing, and thus criticize just for the sake of an argument, which becames destructive rather than constructive, People (including me) should talk less and do more!

  3. Hey is this like, true?

    And if it is, then it’s quite daring of him to come out in the open and talk about US killing people etc..

    Also, I didn’t hear HIM taking a stance on Israel…:S
    I mean, who did .. *sadly*

  4. why would people take a stance on Israel?
    Since when does politics have anything to do with ethics?

    Plus like i said somewhere- in matters of International politics there is no such thing as a victim.

  5. @ Ash
    I am hopeful but I am not expecting much

    @ safi
    well yea…but we need to start acting as soon as we can. I personally quite like Mahathir. The way he has transformed Malaysia, its just so amazing.

    @ Uni
    I am just furious at the Arab leaders. They havent even given a single statement although these Arabs were the ones who made such a mess of Palestine in the first place.

    @ Hira
    exactly, the muslim (read Arab) leaders have made some serious mistakes. its going to be the awam that has to pay the price.

  6. Agree with farooqk. Musalmanon ki halat pehlay kisi wajah se achhi thi, ab woh waqt ja chuka aur woh achhay log bhi. Ab kuch nahin honay wala, sadly.

  7. Ab hum kaam to UK mein kartay hain aur sara ilzam becharay Allah mian pe daal dete hain. Till we don’t accept our own mistakes and shortcomings, we ain’t gonna change!

  8. i havent given up hope!

    and there’s bound to be a whole lotta change in our ummah, and most of it is bound to be bad, thats the natural course any religion takes! 😀

  9. @ farooq
    mahathir is a genius. Although I do disagree with certain things that he says/does but over all his strategies have done wonders for Malaysia, if not for the Malaysian Muslims. If you have been to KL, im sure you know that masjids in KL arent allowed to give azaan on loud speakers and that was an order passed in Mahathir’s time.
    I dont think Obama even read it!

    @ SAWJ
    khair, i agree with you. We make mistakes and put the blame on others, be it non-muslims or Allah (SWT). Who stopped us from getting education, developing weapons and our own technology?

  10. But developing weapons is not the way forward. Islam doesn’t like wars. And I agree, the only thing that can take us forward is knowledge and education.

    Weapons ‘ilm’ ki nahin, ‘shar’ ki paidawar hain! 😉

    @farooqk: Why do you like dudes man?

  11. @ SAWJ
    enjoy the attention 😉
    waise i just believe that having proper weapons is very important…even in times of peace. i mean i am really proud of the fact that pakistan army actually spends time and money on developing their own weapons.

  12. People, in USA, the President is not the supreme power, its the congress, and as long as there are Jews and Jew-supported congress men, there will be no change. That doesn’t mean that I am not hoping for a change. I do have hope, but very little. The thing is, even if Obama wants to Obamanize his country, will he be allowed to do so. Will the Jews loosen their grip on the US? I don’t think so, because then it will be a huge loss. They’ll lose their freedom with the UN and their hold in Palestine. So, do hope, but not much!

  13. @ Uni
    sorry i missed out ur comment earlier.
    I havent really given up hope but I know that things wont change overnight. we have been sleeping for so many centuries, we shouldnt expect things to go in our favor just cuz there have been elections in the US. Obama is not a muslim…he just has a muslim middle name which he is emabarresed of as well. Even if he was a muslim, wat good are these so called muslim leaders doing? In fact, Mahathir was much better altho he never claimed to be something like Mard-e-Momin or Mard-e-Haq. Atleast he transformed Malaysia from a charity taking country to a charity giving country.
    We have a looong way to go and we havent even taken the first step.

    @ farooq & SAWJ
    ager farooq beech main a gaya tou Absar ka kya ho ga? 😛

    @ SAWJ
    nothing can guarantee peace…there will always be difference of opinion and there will always be groups of people taking advantage of it to satisfy their own evil intentions but we need to be sure that we are strong enough to tackle any threat without begging for help from anyone else.

    @ Talha
    I dont know what Obamanization means. As for Jews being strong in the US, they have been working hard for it for soo long, they just wouldnt let go of everything so easily. They wont be fooled easily like our leaders. They have a vision (which according to us is wrong but it is their conviction) and they ensure that even the youngest child work towards achieving it.

  14. The bar has been moved up soo high for Obama that there is more chances for him to fail than pass.
    American’s have always played politics of 100 years and I am sure Obama is just another pawn. Even if he has good motives, they will mostly fade away with time. Motives, change on with the choices lying on the table and American Presidency is a seat where black has turned white and white has turned black for centuries.

    Its amusing to see that without even doing anything Obama has been granted a status of a hero. The real test hasnt even started and the ranks are already on the board. The level of expectation is too high for Obama, with too much at stake and too little time. Fumbles and tumbles are on bets for sure.

    Lets all hope, its the better and best for all us…

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