Tuesday, November 18, 2008

World affairs: Where do we stand now?

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia should invest more in poor and under-developed countries as it will not only augur well in establishing diplomatic ties but also in its long-term hefty returns.

As a journalist who joined some of his oversea trips before 2003, Dr Mahathir was and is still a recognised figure in promoting South-South Cooperation, apart from his key roles in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non-Alligned Movement (NAM), G-15 and other international bodies.

I am not trying to belittle the current government of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi but the global framework laid by Dr M during his tenure as the prime minister, came to almost a halt since 2004.

Dr M was sentimental in bringing closer the South-South countries into an economic, cultural and political organisation, thus seeing each and every member country reaping the benefits of inter-tradings and other bilateral coordinations.

The impact of his efforts could be felt and observed across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and even in inner Russia and Mongolia.

However, it is sad to note that such efforts were 'discontinued' after he left the Cabinet.

What happened to the significantly SAID (South African International Dialogue), for instance, nobody knows. Malaysia played a leading role in that dialogue since the late 80s, being the only country to open up the African markets to the rest of the world.

I remember attending two SAID meetings in Botswana and Zimbabwe in the 90s, during which Malaysia was such a big name by its products and facilities in the 'Dark Continent'. We were seen as the champion for the African economies.

What is our position in Africa now after the Koreans, Chinese and Indians presence have overtook our role? What is our diplomatic and political status to the eyes of the Africans today?

Even Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) was held only once (correct me if I am wrong) after Dr M passed on the baton to Pak Lah. Lets not talk about our declining image with the OIC (as we made the last stand in some issues affecting its member countries) and our role in the G15.

Since Dr M left, did we hear anymore strong critics being hurled at the West and Superpowers for their robust foreign policy? Who? Can you name them?

17 comments:

si pitak said...

as the most developed among the developing nations, malaysia has lost its prime network on the international arena.

by the way, thats the price dr m has to pay for picking paklah to replace him

Anonymous said...

MALAYSIA? WHERE IS THIS PLACE?

AH SENG said...

we wont have another credible leader like mahathir anymore. it may take another 1000 years or so. leaders come and go but it's not easy to get good ones. paklah is ok but he lack charisme to lead a country like malaysia. we used to praise anwar but he has gone the wrong way...

dannalli said...

I was involved in redevelopment of Tirana in the early 90s. Dr M spearhead all those. God bless him.

About LID and SAID, why don't you give a check with Prof Dr. Omar Abd Rahman. He is now at M'sian University of Science Technology.

al-hasan, jitra said...

apa yang saya ingat, paklah jumpa bush dulu apabila naik jadi PM tapi saya tak ingat sama ada hubungan pelbagai kita dengan amerika meningkat dengan pesat atau tidak.

cuma bolehlah dikatakan bush mengingati paklah dan malaysia untuk beberapa bulan, lepas tu dah lupa dah agaknya.

kita terlalu ingin bersaing dan berkawan dengan kuasa besar sehingga kita lupa akan tanggungjawab yang ada terhadap rakan-rakan serumpun dan negara sedang membangun yang lain.

apa yang dikesalkan ialah peranan kita dalam OIC berada pada tahap yang rendah sejak amerika melanggar iraq pada 2003...

apa sebabnya?

JOHAN W, shah alam said...

our position on the world politics was at its best during mahathir. it deteriorated after paklah took over. maybe paklah was trying to woo other regions, esp the west by showing that malaysia is their true friend. it was unfortunate that we have forgotten that most of our trades are with the south bloc, africa and asia...

TOKEH KAYU said...

bujai,
saya dulu pun pernah ikut dr m ke kebanyakan lawatan luar negaranya, hanya sebagai usahawan.

banyak bezanya apabila saya mengikuti rombongan paklah ke luar negara.

saya dapat rasakan bahawa malaysia makin kurang diminati berbanding tahun 90an. saya tidak salahkan paklah tetapi pegawai2nya yang kurang bekerja keras.

apa nak buat...

Anonymous said...

WILL NAJIB ADVOCATE TO PAKLAH OR DR M'S STYLE IN HIS FOREIGN POLICY?

NAJIB STILL HAS DR M TO LISTEN TO. NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT. DONT U THINK SO, BUJAI?

Anonymous said...

the different between dr m and paklah is that, dr m was best at opening up the doors to opportunities but paklah knows how to close it...

kehkehkeh!!!

bujai said...

pitak,

u cant blame dr m for appointing paklah as pm.

why? paklah was destined to become a pm laaarrr!!!

bujai said...

ah seng,

that problem with adoring a leader too much is the frustration it will bring when he is OUT or he switches camp.

bujai said...

dannali,

timo kasih. i know him... and will call him

bujai said...

johan,
as a prime minister, paklah has tried his best..

u must credit him some also

bujai said...

tokey kayu,

anda hebat! selalu ke bawak kayu ke luar negara?

apa pun, pendekatan diplomatik kita perlulah lebih menjurus kepada menjana kemajuan dua pihak, bukan sebelah je

bujai said...

anon,

good one. however, paklah did open up opportunities to others too...

u know who?

HANIS, kuching said...

bro, the way you wrote this reflects your frustration. are you?

i am, too. i went to cape town, south africa three times in 10 years, the latest was 2 years ago.

i didnt feel the appreciation for malaysian anymore.

last time when you told them that you are from malaysia, they will reply 'malaysia? mahathir? very good!'

now.... no more... huuuu huuuuuu!!!

IJAN, rompin said...

sdr,

posting yang baik. agaknya ke manakah hilangnya maruah dan nama baik malaysia di mata dunia sehinggakan kita tidak lagi dihormati.

kita perlukan seorang statesman seperti mahathir tetapi beliau tidak lagi dapat bersuara. sayang sekali...