Monday, January 16, 2012

Myanmar: The world owes it to Razali Ismail... not Obama!

The US administration was fast to attribute Obama's foreign policy to the changes taking place in Myanmar. As normalisation of US-Myanmar relation looks imminent, American diplomats were already jumping around, claiming it was their effort which led to a new Myanmar (or Burma).

What a load of craps!

The US, Myanmar, Asean and in fact the international community owe it to our former senior diplomat Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pic).

It was his continuous effort as the United Nations' special envoy to Myanmar in 2000-2005 that paved the way to a democratic Myanmar. He was the one responsible in securing the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in May 2002.

However, his impartiality as a UN Special Envoy was questioned by American officials in an embassy cable that was released via Wikileaks, alleging his business ties with the Burmese military regime.

Later however, Myanmar military junta repeatedly denied him entry to Myanmar, contributing to his decision to quit the special envoy status in December 2005. It was only recently that the junta realised its accusation against him was unfounded.

Across the United States and elsewhere - including in Kuala Lumpur - US diplomats were quick to claim credit for their 'endless' effort in bringing about changes in the Asean country.

As preparations were made to send a senior ambassador to Yangoon, some White House officials said it was Obama's policy of engagement which managed to bring one of the 'world's pariah states out from the cold.

Typical American diplomats. It was the same 'engagement policy' that allowed former President George Bush to launch military attacks on innocent Iraqis and Afghans. It was that particular policy which permitted the murder of Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

And Myanmar could be next if it fails to comply with their diplomatic pre-requisites!


31 comments:

suraya mahmud said...

its their style, bro.

the americans will claim anything positive... and anything bad!

their foreign policy is getting worse by the year.

the barber said...

agree.

tan sri razali ismail spent a lot of time shuttling between KL-Yangoon and Yangoon-New York.

it was the US officials who framed him in 2005 by accusing him of doing business with the junta.

and the junta acted wrongly by refusing his entry after that.

stupid people for a bunch of morons!

Anonymous said...

takda sikit pun peranan dan sumbangan razali dan malaysia disebut oleh amerika.

malah fungsi bangsa2 bersatu di myanmar turut dilupakan oleh washington.

memang celaka amerika ni!

Anonymous said...

Jai,

Obama is desperately seeking re-election. So he will not hesitate to seize any opportunity that can increase his chances for victory. He is just another typical politician albeit leader of world power.

ZMS

johan5150 said...

screw the US.they r finished.hail china!

Anonymous said...

JR, thank you for recognising and writing about Tan Sri RAzali's effort. I was afraid for awhile that no one will remember what he had done. American will claim fame, and their marketing and PR army will ensure the railroading of other efforts. They will soon produce a movie of how a CIA clandestine operandi had all this while been in the background making sure Suk Yi will be freed.

What did RAzali do wrong? Affairs of the heart most probably and that was used against him. But as someone who 's been untiringly following Suk Yi's case and history and your article on the effort of one malaysian- UN citizen Tan Sri Razali,is indeed a pleasant surprise. Nice one.

NAgaman

Anonymous said...

salam tuan,

dasar luar amerika hanya mementingkan keuntungannya dan bukan dalam ertikata sebenar hubungan dua hala.

misalnya di iraq, amerika hanya ingin menguasai sumber telaga minyaknya manakala di afghan, sumber gas aslinya.

di myanmar, sumber jed dan permatanya adalah antara yang terbesar di dunia. bila hubungan diplomatik dipulihkan, firma amerikalah yang akan masuk untuk mengusahakan lombong ini secara besar-besaran dan mengaut keuntungannya. myanmar akan hanya mendapat sedikit hasil.

inilah dasar 'engagement' amerika.

penangan said...

salam,

satu dunia dah tau apa dasar luar amerika ni.

mereka bukannya ikhlas sangat. cuma nak ambil kesempatan, nak jadi hero.

joe lincoln said...

razali was the major force in persuading the myanmar junta to release suu kyi and move into a democratic administration.

the US has not forgotten that but its their policy to claim all credits for it.

triangle said...

jai,

its good and kind of u to remind us and the world about tan sri razali's contribution to a new democratic myanmar.

he was the force behind it but obama & gang claimed credit for it.

its ok.

but the world should hail razali for what he had done in myanmar.

thank u

Anonymous said...

each time when peace is achieved in any part of the world, the americans will say it was they who initiated it.

what a shame!

guru sejarah said...

iblis amerika memang ingin menguasai myanmar kerana ia menjadi pintu masuk ke asean dari blok 'gelap' itu.

tidak kiralah siapa yang pernah membantu merobah kerajaan junta myanmar, amerika tidak akan mengiktirafnya.

mereka memang bangsa yang tidak tahu malu...

wartawan 80an said...

jai,

razali sepatutnya boleh dilantik menjadi menteri, at least menteri luar. dia memang diplomat yang bagus dan berusaha keras di bidangnya.

malangnya, orang seperti ini tidak minat politik...

sayang sekali...

bujai said...

dear baber, nagaman, ZMS, triangle and wartawan 80an,

thank u for your comments.

i was with razali on a few occasions, last was in concord hotel last year. i was also in yangoon with him in 2003 and saw how he moved around for the betterment of the people of myanmar.


some people even suggested that the govt appoint him as a senator and make him foreign minister but unfortunately, he does not like politics.

i wonder whether there's still rooms for him...

cucunda said...

di sebalik kejayaan razali, kerajaan malaysia juga turut memberi sokongan tidak berbelah bahagi kepada pembentukan sebuah negara myanmar yang demokrat dan bebas.

di atas tiket inilah kita memiliki seorang diplomat yang berwibawa dan bertaraf dunia pada tan sri razali ismail.

semoga jasanya dikenang oleh masyarakat dunia, terutamanya orang burma sendiri.

Anonymous said...

bro,

kalau nak tau, orang amerikalah yang cipta tempe!

pahlavi said...

screw obama and his admin.

they thought the whole world belongs to them!

wait till they get it from the iranians... if they dare to attack the gulf nation!

a diplomat said...

good posting on this issue, bro.

i guess many people have forgotten razali's contribution in the new democratic myanmar.

i salute u!

Anonymous said...

obama tgh cari untung dan modal untuk pertahan jawatan.

sebab tu la

annoyed said...

the want myanmar for its rich and vast resources of natural gas and oil, which is still untapped.!

bloody hell!

Anonymous said...

lembu punya susu, sapi punya nama.

inilah bangsa yang terlalu bongkak, sombong dan angkuh... malah lebih teruk daripada yahudi!

pembaca banyak blog said...

sir,

tan sri razali deserves more than what he gets..

i am not sure about the govt plan but i believe he can lead the foreign ministry anytime... not as a minister but adviser to PM on foreign matters.

we should reward him...

mastana said...

waaaa.


asyik hontam amerika yo kau ni. mulo2 mallot, ni obama lak.

tapi den sokong apo yang kau tulih.

memang boto.

manolito said...

he is still our best diplomat, bro.

i think he is fit for the UN sec-gen post.

Anonymous said...

yes.

razali was the man.

obama cuma tumpang tui!

Anonymous said...

Jai, VIP yg aku teringin nk bergambar dari dulu adalah TS Razali ni. Suka karektor dia yg cool. - Kura Sri Layang

Anonymous said...

Remember Black hawk Down ? The same plot and scenario. american with the Inferiority complex.

the circle said...

good one, bro.

tan sri razali is the best diplomat for malaysia and among the world's best.

obama should recognise that fat!

Anonymous said...

the americans have become too lazy, having had bumper years

and are becoming listeners to 2nd hand advice

bush was a typical "he who knows not he knows not" icon

Win Min said...

I am a Burmese, let’s talk about Tan Sri Razali Ismail, the so called UN special envoy for Burmese political affairs, who Mahathir addressed him as "acting independently" and that the Malaysian government was not involved in efforts to end Myanmar's political deadlock. So he is “Jesus” for Burma! Malaysians worship him as the highest ranking Bumiputra United Nations official in Malaysia.

What a load of craps! Razali did not come CLEAN to Burma.
While he was “serving” in Burma between 2000-2005, he was the Chairman for Iris Corp Sdn. Bhd. Malaysian-based company that specialises in smart card-based security, including electronic passports and identity documents. The company's very first project for Burma is for e-passports for Burmese. He had 155.3 millions shares at Ringgit Malaysia 39.5 cent per share (approximately the ownership of Ringgit Malaysia 60.45 millions in 2002). So called his endeavours in changing Burma’s politics, he facilitated and negotiated IRIS Technology's bid to secure a contract with the Myanmar Government for the e-passport project, by leveraging on the position of Tan Sri Razali Ismail (the Chairman of IRIS Technology) as the United Nation's Special Envoy. They tested 5000 Burmese passports with that technology in one of his official visit to Burma for democracy!

What a BITCH!
Read here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1295&dat=20020814&id=1KktAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TXsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1344,1972075


Razali has defended himself time and again, saying that his company was given the contract before he was appointed to the UN post. But this did not fly. He has not convinced critics that his company's dealings with the Burmese junta are not a conflict of interest. He may believe it is not, but undeniably the regime is benefiting from this enterprise with his company. Just look at the way in which the junta leaders have awarded business contracts to foreign companies - they all owe the regime special favours, which must be returned in earnest in the future. Same case as Petronas! What are we...fucking blind!

His integrity was a crook!

He FAILED the assignment, he gained profits!

Win Min said...

Let’s talk about Tan Sri Razali Ismail, the so called UN special envoy for Burmese political affairs, who Mahathir addressed him as "acting independently" and that the Malaysian government was not involved in efforts to end Myanmar's political deadlock. So he is “Jesus” for Burma! Malaysians worship him as a highest ranking Bumiputra United Nations official in Malaysia.

What a load of craps! Razali did not come CLEAN to Burma.
While he was “serving” in Burma between 2000-2005, he was Chairman for Iris Corp Sdn. Bhd. Malaysian-based company that specialises in smart card-based security, including electronic passports and identity documents. The company's very first project for Burma is for e-passports for Burmese. He had 155.3 millions shares at Ringgit Malaysia 39.5 cent per share (approximately the ownership of Ringgit Malaysia 60.45 millions in 2002). So called his endeavours in changing Burma’s politics, he facilitated and negotiated IRIS Technology's bid to secure a contract with the Myanmar Government for the e-passport project, by leveraging on the position of Tan Sri Razali Ismail (the Chairman of IRIS Technology) as the United Nation's Special Envoy. They tested 5000 Burmese passports with that technology in one of his official visit to Burma for democracy!

What a BITCH!
Read here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1295&dat=20020814&id=1KktAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TXsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1344,1972075


Razali has defended himself time and again, saying that his company was given the contract before he was appointed to the UN post. But this did not fly. He has not convinced critics that his company's dealings with the Burmese junta are not a conflict of interest. He may believe it is not, but undeniably the regime is benefiting from this enterprise with his company. Just look at the way in which the junta leaders have awarded business contracts to foreign companies - they all owe the regime special favours, which must be returned in earnest in the future. Same case as Petronas! What are we...fucking blind!

His integrity was a crook!

He FAILED the assignment, he gained profits!