US Sponsored Protest Movements in Malaysia
Our focus on Bersih, its chair and its sinister connections with some of the most tyrannical individuals and regimes of our time continues.
Whilst portraying themselves as voices of the “Rakyat” the Malay word for the masses, its real agenda and origins is much more sinister, undemocratic and criminal.
Writer Neil Bowie authored this piece for the Centre for Research on Globalization which has received wide critical acclaim across the globe since it first appeared in print. It is a must read for those who do have concerns about “reform (reformasi), clean and fair elections” and government.
With the release recently of de classified documents from the Clinton Presidency showing how Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary weren’t themselves the cleanskins above the criminality of George Bush and his Neo Cons, the below article de mythifies all that Bersih its leadership and the plethora of so called support “NGO’s” claim to be.
More importantly it demonstrates the political dishonesty of Ambiga Sreenivasan and her acolytes in the Bersih movement towards the public that they lead.
These acolytes include those elements of the Malaysian Bar, the Christian churches and the so called ‘women’s rights movements’ operating in Malaysia who have been advocating for the overthrow of government outside the ballot box in violent protests in Malaysia over the past decade.
No one thus far has had the courage or the presence of mind to ask, ‘where do these NGO get their millions‘ to engage lawyers full time, to engage advertising and public relations agencies, to travel abroad so regularly, to organize rallies and to hire public speakers and create multi media organizations they own and operate.
A close examination of the individuals who belong to and who run these organizations show that the majority of them would not be able to survive on their own resources engaging in political activities unless they were funded by a generous and deep pocketed benefactor. And who are they?
THE US SPONSORED PROTEST MOVEMENTS IN MALAYSIA
Following documented cases of United States-based organizations funding pro-opposition civil society groups associated with civil unrest in Russia and the Middle East, Chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan acknowledged that the Bersih coalition received financial support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Open Society Institute (OSI).
An article published in the New York Times entitled “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings” reveals organizations such as the National Democratic Institute receive funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a recipient of funds directly from the US Congress.
The Bersih Coalition has also received support from the US-based Freedom House, an NGO that receives direct funding from the US State Department. While concern over electoral corruption and the various legitimate grievances of Bersih supporters may be entirely justified, the coalition’s association with opposition Political parties and groups financed by the United States government suggests subversion.
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed has warned that the ruling Barisan Nasional party is targeted for regime change due to its stance on Israel and criticism of US policy, while condemning Anwar Ibrahim for his close ties to Paul Wolfowitz and other adherents of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
Furthermore, Mahathir has accused the United States of using currency manipulation and US-funded NGOs to orchestrate the kind of destabilization needed to install a compliant proxy government. Dr. William Robinson explains the subversive methods of conducting regime change through “democracy promotion” in his book, ‘Promoting Polyarhcy,’ “In Latin America, in Eastern Europe with the Velvet Revolutions, in Africa, in the Middle East, really all over the world, the U.S. set up these different mechanisms now for penetrating these civil societies in the political systems of countries that are going to be intervened and to assure the outcome is going to be pleasing to Washington’s foreign policy objectives”.
Eva Golinger, a researcher who has been investigating the democracy promotion efforts of the United States offers, “Millions and millions of U.S. tax payer dollars go every year into funding for political organizations and campaigns in different countries in the world that promote US agenda.
Most U.S. citizens are unaware of the fact that that is how their money is being spent, to meddle, and to influence and to interfere in other nation’s affairs”. While the demands of the Bersih coalition appear to be coherent and apolitical, the convergence of its leadership with the opposition political establishment provides Anwar Ibrahim and Malaysia’s opposition front Pakatan Rakyat with the means to mobilize demonstrators under the benign common cause of “clean and fair elections.”
The initial Bersih demonstration in 2007 has become widely credited for Pakatan Rakyat’s record gains in the 2008 Malaysian elections, where the opposition coalition usurped power in five states and won 82 parliamentary seats.
Anwar Ibrahim served as Deputy Prime Minster from 1993 to 1998 under the administration of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad; the pair disagreed on the utilization of recovery methods during the 1997 Asian Economic Crisis, leading to Ibrahim’s dismissal.
While Mahathir introduced sovereign currency controls on the Malaysian ringgit to prevent currency speculation, Ibrahim denounced Mahathir’s economic policies and portrayed himself as a freedom fighter for the free market.
Following his stint as Deputy Prime Minister, Ibrahim served as Chairman of the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1998, while appearing on the payroll of Dick Cheney’s Foundation for the Future and George Soros’ International Crisis Group. Furthermore, Anwar Ibrahim served as a panelist at the National Endowment for Democracy’s “Democracy Award” .
The Bersih coalition has rejected a raft of reforms announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the establishment of parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms and amendments to the Peaceful Assembly Act following widespread condemnation of Putrajaya’s crack down on July 2011’s Bersih 2.0 rally from the international press. The heavy-handed conduct of Malaysian security officials has worked to further strength international condemnation of Malaysia’s nationalist regime, as well as alienating the well-intentioned participants of Bersih rallies.
Unlike the Bersih rally in July 2011, the recent demonstrations provoked armed clashes between protesters and police with cases of violence on both sides. Although police barricaded the area surrounding Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) where the rally was scheduled to take place, violence was not used until demonstrators attempted to cross police barricades into the Square.
The security situation deteriorated as defiant protesters refused to disperse, prompting demonstrators to overturn a police vehicle. Protesters and black-shirted police officials threw broken bottles, pieces of metal and concrete slabs towards each other, prompting police to fire tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators, causing hundreds to disperse into side streets. While footage of the recent police crackdown circulates throughout international media, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional party is again the subject of international criticism. As public discontent grows with the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak, the unpopularity of the Malaysian ruling party has set the stage for the victory of Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.
As the United States shifts its military focus to the Pacific Region, Anwar Ibrahim’s adherence to western political institutions will likely warrant the continued nurturing of unrest in Malaysia until the opposition successively usurps power.