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Saturday, June 12, 2004


Malaysians' Gift to Mugabe

When the news first broke regarding the funding of Mugabe's RM34 million mansion, Mugabe told reporters that the 25-bedroomed mansion was funded partly by the Chinese and Malaysian governments. What the Malaysian taxpayers had wanted to know were ::
  • what was the actual monetary worth of the 'Malaysians' Gift',
  • was it approved by the cabinet or Parliament,
  • apart from government's/taxpayers' contribution, was there any contributions from the Malaysian private sector(s)
  • why the contribution(s) to a known dictator,
  • what did Malaysia/Malaysians receive in return


When the news first broke, the cabinet, the MINIsters, the BN leaders, all appear not to be in the know. All were in the dark, but an investigation was promised. But now light has been thrown upon this Malaysians' Gift. The Tun, our former PM, has come out to say that timber was given to Mugabe as a gift from the Malaysian Government by virtue of his [Mugabe's] position and was meant to promote Malaysian timber products. The Tun further clarified that the value of the timber was only less than RM100,000 and that giving presents to one’s counterpart is a normal practice among world leaders. We can also therefore assume that receiving gifts from one's counterpart is also normal practice among world leaders. Nothing wrong according to the Tun. He was quoted by the Star as saying ::
“Giving presents to one’s counterpart is a normal practice among world leaders. When I was the Prime Minister, I gave presents to many state leaders and received many in return.

Mindful that he did not want other people to be “burdened and held responsible” for his action while he was in office, he further stated ::
“If that is considered an abuse of power, then I am ready to face the consequences as I have never considered myself immune from the laws of the country.”
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Obviously, the Tun is one responsible leader and has issue a challenge of sorts and is ready to face the music if deemed necessary. A true responsible leader. But the probability of ever having to face any music is so so remote if the almost immediate response from our DPM is to be used as a gauge. The DPM, who was not long ago in the dark regarding this issue, is reported to have said ::
"I am sure it was done with the best of intentions because we want to build linkages with the African countries. There is nothing illegal. The matter shouldn't be made a major issue."
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In the next few days, more government leaders can be expected to jump on the bandwagon and come out to proclaim that the 'Malaysians' Gift' was nothing illegal. Truly it is great to have such good friends even when one is no longer PM. Can the taxpayers, over the next few days, have their above mentioned questions answered? Surely no true Malaysian would assume that there was any wrong doing and that there is any need for prosecution. But surely the questions running through his mind should be adequately addressed so that he gets to sleep better at night knowing that his hard-earned money has been well spent in promoting Malaysia and her products.




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