It's all to do about the astounding and mind-boggling, Anwar gem of a declaration, when it headlined today's article "Dr M had close ties with Zionists, says PKR" and quotes PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad,
"Mahathir might seem to be against Zionists and the West but he actually has a good relationship with them to the point where he was willing to sign a private military agreement with America in 1984 - the Bilateral Training and Consultation Agreement BITAC which enabled the US to conduct military training in MalaysiaAnd with that Tun Mahathir has close ties with Zionists.
The PKR leader claimed that Dr Mahathir paid Jack Abramoff a Zionist lobbyist US$1.2 million RM3.7 million to arrange a meeting with former US President George W Bush shortly after Anwar was sacked as deputy prime minister.
This has been admitted by Dr Mahathir himself and adding that Abramoff had close ties with Bush as well as Israeli extremists."
Never mind, to each his own.
Did the Tun actually admit to having paid Jack Abramoff?
The MSNBC, 21 February 2006 reported,
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him and President Bush in 2002, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.Here are some reports suggesting payment by the Malaysian Government.
LA Times, 15 February 2006 says
"Abramoff received $1.2 million from the Malaysian government for his lobbying services in 2001 and 2002, the former associate said. Documents obtained by Senate investigators appear to confirm at least $900,000 of that amount."Since I am in the mood, let's go on some merry-go-round from The Jewish Daily Forward, 22 April 2005 which reads,
"According to press reports, Abramoff once worked for the government of former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, after the Southeast Asian leader accused “the Jews” in 1997 of conspiring to drive down his country’s currency. Abramoff, a longtime conservative activist and Orthodox Jewish philanthropist who supports right-wing Israeli causes, was paid indirectly in 2001 by Mahathir’s government, at a time when the premier was seeking to improve Malaysia’s image in America, according to reports in The Washington Post and Time magazineHere is the Washington Post, 17 April 2005 report regarding a payment,
"Tribes represented by Abramoff have said he directed them to make payments to AIC, and the Indian Affairs Committee last fall released a check it had uncovered showing that the Embassy of Malaysia gave AIC a check for $300,000 dated March 6, 2002"So, confirm "Dr Mahathir paid Jack Abramoff a Zionist lobbyist US$1.2 million RM3.7 million to arrange a meeting with former US President George"?
Read the following and juxtapose the title to that Washington Post article,"Think Tank's Ideas Shifted As Malaysia Ties Grew",
Malaysian business interests had hired Belle Haven before 9/11 to conduct a campaign to improve relations with the United States. "There was this horrible relationship," said Sheffer in an interview with The Post last year. "These guys wanted to hire some people to figure out how can we start to improve our relationship with the U.S."and the chronological timeline of all the reports, everything in the matter of Tun Mahathir meeting Mr Bush or the payments, is given a totally different complexion altogether.
Sorry to have brought everyone on a merry-go-round because all I wanted to point out was the absurdity of the TMI report and the incompatible and limp instance given by the PKR Communication Director, to justify Tun Mahathir having "close ties with Zionists".
How incongruous can one get and Nik Nazmi is a nincompoop because, the distinct and immense difference is, while his boss, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, unashamedly declares "I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel", Tun Mahathir has never ever done or will ever do so.
The Tun has been steadfast, condemning the State of Israel in defiance of numerous UN resolutions, of it's aggressions and expansionist policies against the Palestinian people.