Dr M: Asia can be world’s third voice

  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia has the capability to be the world’s third voice balancing that of the United States and European countries, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

In a special interview aired on NTV7 last night, he said Asia should put its place as a region that can help shape the world. 

“Asia has the capability even if we discount its population, which is very big. We have to take into consideration the fact that many countries of Asia have made tremendous progress,” he said. 

He said Japan is already a developed country, China is coming along and so are India and South-East Asian countries. 

He also said although there are many things to be learned from the west, their ways are not the only way to deal with things. 

In the context of terrorism, he said, the insistence that the western way is the only universal way is wrong and “we (Asian countries) must insist that we are as right as anybody else.” 

He said terrorism can be tackled in different ways and Malaysia on its own has had much experience in tackling terrorism, which is proof that there are many ways to do things and still succeed. 

Dr Mahathir said it is illogical to accuse Malaysia of being one of the countries that harbour terrorists and blame it for the Sept 11 attacks just because two of the people involved were in Malaysia plotting the attack. 

“They were most of the time in the United States. If they ask why Malaysia did not stop them, we can also ask the same question.  

“When they were training there (United States) learning to fly aircraft, why didn’t you put a stop to it before it happened,” he added. – Bernama  

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