Dewan slams US cruelty and irrationality

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003

THE actions of the United States and its allies will become a precedent if the world does not condemn and deal with them now, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik. 

“If it is not controlled, superpowers of the future will also use their military might to resolve conflicts or resort to violence for their own interest,” he said, in supporting the Prime Minister’s motion to condemn the attacks on Iraq. 

Dr Ling said the United States and its allies had ignored the United Nations and the voices of protests reverberating around the world.  

“Such actions once again prove that the US is a cruel global police which only thinks of its own interest. If such threats are not stopped, the peace and sovereignty of a country are no longer guaranteed,” he said. 

“We also urge the private sector, volunteer groups and individuals to give humanitarian aid to the Iraqis,” he said.  

During the debate, MIC secretary-general S. Sothinathan said there was a need for the United Nations to use all its power to stop the United States and its allies from creating more damage in Iraq. 

“If this is not done, more people will die and suffer,” he said.  

DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock said the party would support any rational action taken by the Government to stop the war. 

He said while some blamed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for the war, the issue was not whether the world liked or disliked him. 

“This is about the unilateral action taken against the innocent in Iraq,” he said. 

PAS vice-president Datuk Mustafa Ali said the arrogance of US President George W. Bush was inherited from his father who attacked Iraq in 1991. 

He said the US had ulterior motives to attack Iraq just like it did to Afghanistan and had used the opportunity to install someone it could dictate terms to. 

“If a foreign power tries to remove our Prime Minister, then PAS will do all it can to defend him,” he said, adding that the party would not let outsiders determine the fate of the country. 

Rural Development Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid, when met at the Parliament lobby, commented that most of the debates on the motion were emotional. 

“Malaysians are tolerant and they cannot accept such high-handedness from the US' 'cowboy diplomacy', bullying a country into submission,” he said. 

Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said the tabling of the motion was not for political mileage by the Barisan Government.  

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