Economic boom 'Bushwhacked' by war


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Mar 2003

By CATHERINE CHONG

PENANG: Malaysia would have otherwise enjoyed a relatively good year had it not been for US president George W. Bush who “ambushed” its economy, according to an I-Ching (Book of Change) scholar. 

Prof Dr Chuah Chong Cheng said the Year of the Sheep would have been a good year for Malaysia if not for Bush who caused a small hiccup to its economy and that of the world's. 

“The US-Iraq war will not affect Malaysia in any major aspects, except for its palm oil industry, if the Government keeps a neutral stand. 

“Oil prices will rise in the long run but there will not be any shortages,” he added.  

Dr Chuah said the war would trigger off a chain reaction of terrorists striking back at not only the United States but also Europe and Australia, with landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco being likely targets. 

“The US is akin to a big bully out to oust a weaker nation when there had not been any justified cause or evidence to invade Iraq,” he said. 

Astrologer Madam Zorra advised the Government to adopt the “soft” approach in handling any situation that may arise from the war, especially in its relations with the United States. 

She said the United States would have to bear with long term repercussions for invading Iraq because Saddam Hussein was not the real enemy but al-Qaeda militants and other anti-US elements were. 

Zorra said the Year of the Sheep was a good year for both Saddam and Bush, who were born in the Year of the Ox and Dog respectively. 

She said Saddam would be able to escape and lead a good life if better judgment were to take hold of him.  

However, she said, he was unrealistic with megalomaniac ideas but did not have the strength, courage or resources to carry them through. 

Based on Bush’s facial features, Zorra said he was fiery and calculative in nature and could be sometimes unfeeling and very stern in action. 

“He is always on the lookout for a wrong to be righted and feels useless and inadequate unless he is defending someone or fighting for some just cause. He is at a loss when peace reigns.  

“Due to his nature, he is easily manipulated by others craftier than him,” she added.  

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