China Refuses To Return Fugitive Jho Low, So Mahathir Refused To Return Uighur Muslims

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Oct 16 2018
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China has always wanted a corrupt leader such as Najib Razak to lead Malaysia for obvious reason. A crook such as ex-premier Najib could easily be bribed, controlled and manipulated. Likewise, neighbouring Singapore also loved Najib, so much so that its founding father Lee Kuan Yew took the trouble to visit Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, at her home in 2009 – a very rare visit request.


However, it’s also true that a corrupt leader, unless he is as brutal as Adolf Hitler or Kim Jong-Un, is typically quite dumb. Unlike Thai’s Thaksin Shinawatra or the Philippines’ Marcos, both Najib and Rosmah – drunk with power and arrogance – had failed to flee the country after their stunning defeat in the May 9th general election, thanks to their over-confidence.


Mahathir Mohamad is the last person both China and Singapore want to see as the prime minister of Malaysia. They would prefer prime-minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim than the 93-year-old Mahathir as the leader. And they can’t wait for Mr. Anwar to take over. Anwar is easier to deal with at the “negotiation table” simply because he isn’t as smart as the old man.

China Premier Li Keqiang with Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad

Additionally, at his advanced age, Mahathir has nothing to lose so he can’t be intimidated, blackmailed, threatened and bribed. Adding salt to the injury, the old fox is also a man who talks in riddles. He said there’s nothing to fear from economic superpower China yet he was foaming at the mouth talking about a new form of colonialism during his August visit to China.


PM Mahathir also expressed his belief that fugitive financier Jho Low (full-name: Low Taek Jho) is in China. Speaking at a meeting with the renowned U.S. Council on Foreign Relations in New York, he said – “It is quite tricky for us to accuse China of hiding him, so we are trying to work out some ways or private efforts to get back Jho Low from China.”


Can you see how the premier cleverly accuses China of harbouring Jho Low without actually accusing the superpower? It makes Beijing cracking its head whether to condemn Mahathir or not. As much as Jho Low, Najib’s partner-in-crime, is badly needed for his crime back in Malaysia, Mahathir has refused to ask “a favour” from Beijing for his repatriation.

Najib Razak and Jho Low

The price will be exorbitant for the return of Jho Low as he holds the key to tens of billions of ringgit stolen from the national coffers. But every dog has its day. When Mahathir freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to Malaysia after a Thai jailbreak, he offered an unbelievable lame and childish excuse – that they did nothing wrong and had not broken any Malaysian laws.


It that was true, why were they being detained and charged with illegally entering Malaysia after breaking out of the Thai prison last November? Does that mean the Myanmar Rohingya Muslims can pull the same stunt and enter Malaysia illegally and thereafter demand to be sent to other countries of their choices? Should not the Uighur Muslims at least sent back to Thailand to face trials?


Under previous Najib regime, Malaysia was under great pressure from China to hand them over to China and not to Thailand. Beijing has accused the 11 Uighur Muslims, part of a group of more than 200 Uighurs detained in Thailand in 2014, as separatist extremists among the Uighur minority of plotting attacks on China’s Han majority in Xinjiang and other parts of China.

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Not only Mahathir government dropped charges against the Uighurs on humanitarian grounds, the supposedly extremists were not deported to Thailand but instead sent to Turkey – their preferred destination. Obviously, it was a slap in the face of China because they are all Chinese nationals, not Turkish. Of course, China was furiously mad.


China – which had asked for their extradition – said last week it “resolutely” opposed Malaysia’s decision to release the 11 Uighurs and send them to Turkey, disregarding its request to hand them to Beijing. Back in February, under Najib regime, Malaysia said it was considering China’s request to extradite the 11 men. But Mahathir clearly refused to grant Beijing its satisfaction.


It was only partially true that the 11 Uighurs Muslims, desperately needed by Beijing, were freed under humanitarian ground. The release was deliberately carried out because Mahathir wanted to send a message. Since China refused to extradite Jho Low, Malaysia can on the same note refuse to extradite 11 Uighurs too.

Mahathir Mohamad - Grinning

By allowing the Uighur Muslims to travel to Turkey, the defiant Mahathir hopes to kill many birds with a stone. Besides protecting fellow Muslims in the Islam world, the prime minister is now seen as the beacon of human rights in the eyes of the West who refuses to be intimidated by a superpower. But the secret message to China is this – protecting fugitive Jho Low comes with a price.


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“But the secret message to China is this – protecting fugitive Jho Low comes with a price.”

Well, 2 can play the same game. China will now say: protecting the Uighurs comes with a high price. Jho Low will forever be ‘safe’ in China, and without him, Najib’s crimes won’t stick, and he’ll be freed.

And the rakyat will get very angry indeed, and Pakatan will lose more seats come next election.

Already, many are unhappy with Anwar becoming PM soon, and many more are unhappy with the lacklustre performance of the ministers, in particular, with Mazlee, over the education system, and with Muh over the immigration and police.

What else has changed?, the police still asks for money, the illegals still run rampant.

Whilst it is true that China is never going to be easy to deal with, and will almost always have the upper hand in dealing with ANY country except the U.S, the rest of your (above commentor’s) conclusions on the likely future chain of events is, at best, morbidly glass-half-empty, and at worst, patently simplistic and not too bright.

You think “Najib’s crimes won’t stick, and he’ll be freed” just because Jho Low remains free? Way to totally ignore the countless tons of other evidence at play. Funds/assets/lavish items in his or Rosmah’s direct/indirect possession, official documentation with his signatures on it, SWIFT transactions of monetary movements, the list goes on. Not even bothering to go into old stuff resurfacing like Scorpene, Altantuya etc. You’re a certified moron if you think NOTHING in that whole mountain of charges will stick, Jho Low or not.

As for the problems with the new government; sure, there are some fence-sitters, short-sighted people that expect instant results, or else. (btw, or else WHAT? You would vote back the billionaire UMNO kletoccrats? lol). Most of us with any modicum of intellect understands that such massive change involving rot so systemic and decades in the making takes time. A lot of time, with a lot of mistakes along the way. We can accept these, as long as they are not corrupt. Doesn’t mean we are are happy with the mistakes/performance, don’t bring up the issues, don’t expect better, and don’t whine here and there. We definitely will. But we understand the scope of the challenge ultimately, and no, the people are not about to vote out PH over a few unmet promises, Sorry there are many, but not THAT many stupid people in this country that would bring back the UMNOcrats over the honest mistakes of the new government.

Less that 6 months ago, PH won with 121 seats, to 79 seats, in a situation where it is common knowledge everything has been arranged in BN’s favor, and the voting lines gerrymandered up the wazoo. In many constituencies, these victories are by overwhelming landslip. You must not be very bright if you think there has been enough of a swing over the issues you mention to turn this tide in the next election, especially given the (now) opposition.

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