KUALA LUMPUR: The article in The Economist magazine containing strong criticism against the leadership of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a continuity of the Western agenda to tarnish the image of the Prime Minister.
Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said the move by the London-based magazine to condemn Dr Mahathir in the article entitled A Qualified Success published in the April 5 edition would not erode the confidence of the people in the leadership of the Prime Minister.
The Western media harbours unending revenge against Dr Mahathir because he has eliminated the element of foreign powers in politics and national economy, he said.
Zainuddin said the attack by the magazine, an influential publication known to reflect the voice of the British to the world, was part of the framework of the Western doctrine to discredit Third World leaders, who blocked the advance of globalisation, which is being implemented in the form of a new colonialism.
Unfortunately in Malaysia, the group, which previously opposed imperialism and capitalism, has now become part of the Western mechanism with or without realising efforts towards this end, he said when commenting on the article which portrayed a negative picture of the countrys development and progress under Dr Mahathirs leadership.
Dr Mahathir is being made the scapegoat because he broke the wings of the foreign power in this country that has crept into Umno that shocked the world, he said.
Dr Mahathir also thwarted attempts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to gain control of the countrys economy by putting on a sweet face.
Zainuddin said the magazines report was their latest effort to force Dr Mahathir to step down immediately despite his announcement that he would do so in October.
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