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Sunday, October 17, 2004


Influencing the American Presidential Voters

::There is an Open letter to American Muslims by one DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, which encourages American Muslims to vote in Mr John Kerry.

Excerpts from the letter ::
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the past four years, during the Presidency of George W. Bush, the Muslims and their countries have suffered oppression and humiliation as never before in the history of Islam. There is an obvious connection between the sufferings of the Muslims and the policies and thinking of Bush.

We cannot expect much change to the policies of the United States of America towards Islam and the Muslims under Democrats as under Republicans. But we have a duty to ensure that Bush will not be able to determine our fate for four more years....

Kerry may not be any different. But the candidates for the Presidency of the United States must be made aware that in democratic America, Muslim citizens have a voice and can influence the selection of the rulers of the country....

You may not be numerous enough but in marginal constituencies you can make a difference. It is your bounden duty to send a message to candidates that they must be fair to all the communities in the United States if they wish to rule the country. Even if you fail to unseat Bush, you can at least reduce his majority. But Inshaallah, Bush will lose and Kerry will realise that his victory is partly due to you. Inshaallah, President Kerry will remember the Muslims in America when he rules the United States of America.

Dear Brothers and Sisters. Vote Bush out of office. It is truly an ibadah that you perform.

The authorship of this open letter has not been authenticated, the whole article and comments by readers can be viewed here. Of the opinion given so far regarding this letter, 32 agrees with the Tun, 2 disagree and 2 are neutral. Among those who have made their comments, quite a few are Malaysians and they all agree with the Tun. An audio versi of the open letter is also available.

As the American elections draw nearer, many are speculating who will win and many are hoping that their preferred choice will win. An American, Eric Ossemig, an ex-soldier with the US Army, who feels that global citizens, and not just Americans, should have the right to decide who should be the next United States president, is allowing Malaysiakini readers to help determine who he should be voting for in the Nov 2 American presidential election. The results of the Malaysiakini poll can be viewed here.

BBC NEWS reported that a new poll in 35 countries suggests that people around the world would prefer Democratic challenger John Kerry as US president over George W Bush. The poll was done by Global research company GlobeScan Inc and the University of Maryland. It found clear leads for Mr Kerry among those polled in 30 of the countries. Bush was backed by poll respondents in the Philippines, Poland and Nigeria. The GlobeScan/Maryland poll, of 34,330 people, was conducted mainly in July and August. So things may have changed.

POLL RESULTS (KERRY-BUSH)
Norway: 74%-7%
Germany: 74%-10%
France: 64%-5%
Italy: 58%-14%
Spain: 45%-7%
UK: 47%-16%
Canada: 61%-16%
Mexico: 38%-18%
Brazil: 57%-14%
China: 52%-12%
Japan: 43%-32%
Indonesia: 57%-34%
India: 34%-33%
Philippines: 32%-57%
Nigeria: 33%-27%
Poland: 26%-31%
Thailand: 30%-33%
[Source: GlobeScan Inc/University of Maryland PIPA]

By looking at the poll results it would appear that Mr John Kerry would win hands down if the people of the world or global citizens were allowed to elect the US president.








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