Malaysia: Najib's flirtation with imperialist US and his support for plot against Iran

By the Socialist Party of Malaysia (Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM)

April 19, 2010 -- The bilateral meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and US President Barack Obama served nothing but the submission of the Malaysian government to the imperialist US as its new foot soldiers of “war on terror” in South-East Asia.

Prime Minister Najib recently attended the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, which achieved very little in promoting disarmament, but created conditions for stepping up sanctions against Iran, a country in the oil-rich region that has refused to subordinate itself to US Imperialism. It has become clear that Obama's foreign policy is far from breaking with the aggressive expansionist approach under the Bush administration, but is more in line with the imperialist goal of achieving military domination of the world.

The imperialist-driven Nuclear Security Summit was concerned least about the security of ordinary people around the world, and sought instead to protect the interests of powerful nations that control most of the nuclear weapons. It was just part of a systematic effort by the US imperialists to prepare for military aggression against Iran, or to impose sanctions that would amount to economic warfare, and further help the US to step up military operations to defend its interests in the Middle East and Central Asia. Malaysia under the Najib administration should be ashamed of its involvement in this imperialist plot against Iran.

The Najib administration however seems eager and unable to even wait to declare itself as the new close ally of US imperialists in its bloody “war on terror” and the imminent siege of Iran, by cutting off gasoline supplies to Iran. Najib’s announcement came only three days after his meeting with Obama, following the footsteps of oil giants like Dutch Shell, Glencore and Vitol which have taken the decision to stop gasoline supply to Iran to echo the US call for sanctions. This shows that the Najib administration is willing to become the loyal servant of the US in its bid to strengthen its imperialist domination over the world.

As mentioned by Nazri,  the BN government under Najib even spent RM 77 million to hire the controversial APCO to not only improve the BN government’s image but also to “get close to the US”. We condemn such wasteful way of spending people’s money for just having a 40-minute flirtation with the imperialist US and trading off the interests of its people.

The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) calls upon:

1) Malaysian government to stop its cooperation with the US in its attempt to impose sanctions against Iran which has the potential for spilling over into a military conflict that would bring catastrophe to the people of Iran and the world.

2) Malaysian government to stop liberalising the economy to the neoliberal imperialist powers and halt all negotiation on bilateral free trade agreements.

3) the US government to withdraw its troop from Afghanistan and end its “war on terror” which only breeds more terror and misery for the people around the world.

4) the US government and its allies to stop their threats to Iran.

Hands off Iran! No to imperialism!

Released by Choo Chon Kai, PSM international coordinator on behalf of the PSM Central Committee.


I am not too concerned about the sanctions against Iran. However I must say that sanctions have always had a bad effect of the population rather than the government.In this sense, Governments should be slow to sanctions.

My main conceren is that by some back door, Malaysia will have access to Free Trade with the USA. Since the FTA with the USA bilaterally is an impossibility because of racial discrimination in the NEP, the Malaysian government seeks to hide behind a mutilateral agreement to enable it to circumvent their postive discrimination policy.

I hope that the USA will not sell the Malaysian fight for equality between all races in economic participation.We dont want a situation where a Chinese or Indian company cannot win a procurement contract but a US/Malay venture will succeed i so doing.This must not be allowed! The NEM is not a genuine effort to curb racism.