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Malay Malaysian academic says Tun trying to distract attention from govt failings

In Malaysia on 08/12/2018 at 7:04 am

I’m (Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us) not the only one thinking that Tun is rowing with S’pore to distract attention from domestic problems

Awang Azman Awang Pawi, a political-science professor at the University of Malaya said Tuesday’s development had to be viewed in the context of Malaysia’s easing euphoria over the Mahathir government.

While it enjoyed widespread support for toppling Najib’s scandal-tainted administration, the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition is now facing myriad pressures over issues from race tensions to its declaration that not all election promises may be fulfilled.

Azman said Mahathir had initially used concerns about excessive Chinese economic influence in the country “to raise the spirit of nationalism” in the first few months of his government.

But as ties with Beijing have since been smoothened, the issue of airspace sovereignty with Singapore may now fill that role, the professor said.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2176304/malaysia-singapore-ties-hit-turbulence-over-air-traffic?fbclid=IwAR1WRzOlSveAbJ_42gj7QBNQC85uyvnCZ9P15xukfwSOb2Olsrqxe7DplzM

Wonder come Monday morning, Awang Azman Awang Pawi will find that he’s no longer a professor at the University of Malaya?

Tun is not amused.

Update at 11.15am

Writing on Facebook on Wednesday (Dec 5), former Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan noted that it is “not an accident that so many old bilateral issues” have resurfaced following Malaysia’s change of government.

“The new governing coalition is intrinsically unstable and held together by a 93-year-old man,said Mr Kausikan, referring to Dr Mahathir. Mr Kausikan was formerly the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and now chairs the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. “Political uncertainty in Malaysia inevitably leads to Singapore being used as a bogeyman to hold things together,” he added.

Traditionally, Singapore has been the “punching bag” for Malaysian leaders when they face domestic pressure. And things are no different this time, said political scientist Bilveer Singh from the National University of Singapore. The new Malaysian PH government is struggling to deliver its campaign promises, and has had to deal with infighting within the coalition. Racial tensions have also been reignited following a riot at an Indian temple last month. The “honeymoon period” for the PH government is over and the “realities are hitting home”, said Assoc Prof Singh.

On the recent run-ins between Malaysia and Singapore, he added: “This is more ‘Mahathirian’ than a Malaysian (approach).”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/why-singapore-malaysia-maritime-and-airspace-disputes-matter

  1. Malaysia is threatening war in an island row/Thursday, 2 January, 2003, 12:00am/Vaudine England

    Malaysia’s leadership greeted the New Year with two statements of aggression toward its neighbours.

    One threatened to go to war with its closest neighbour Singapore over an island dispute. The other offered a ‘bloody nose’ to countries such as Australia for its ‘white-man sheriff’ attitude.

    The comments appear to reflect Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s desire to stamp his mark domestically on what he claims will be his last year in power.

    The Bernama news agency reported Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar demanding, under threat of war, that Singapore learn to compromise over the disputed island of Batu Puteh, which is also known as Pedra Branca.

    ‘Singapore has two choices. If it refuses to compromise . . . go to war,’ Mr Syed Hamid said on Tuesday.

    He accused Singapore of caring only about its economy, claiming that Malaysia was generally more intent on being a good neighbour who believes war is not the answer.

    https://www.scmp.com/article/402210/malaysia-threatening-war-island-row

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