US PRESIDENT, Donald J. Trump, is making a maiden trip to Asia beginning tomorrow but will give Malaysia a miss. He is visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
During the Nov 3 to 14-trip Trump is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) conclave in the Philippines.
I don’t see it as an insult or a snub that Trump and his beautiful First Lady Melania (that’s her official state title) is skipping Kuala Lumpur.
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He had just met our generous Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, in the White House last month. But he could still be meeting Najib at the two summits.
With his maiden pow-wow with the Malaysian leader not being well received by the US media and public, Trump could not risk another one-to-one meeting.
A former senior US Administration official, Paul Wolfowitz, writing in the Newsweek magazine, had called the Prime Minister “Malaysian Crook Najib” and Trump meeting him as “reeks of the swamp”.
It has to be the mother of all insults and if Najib’s fanatical followers like Jamal Md Yunos, Mohd Puad Zarkashi, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Salleh Said Keruak, Annuar Musa and Ahmad Maslan understand the depth of the disrespect, they would either have put a price on his head or sue him for every penny he has.
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It could have also escaped my attention but I’m yet to hear the genius Ahmad Maslan (CGPA 3.85) writing a damning letter to the editor of Newsweek or the outrageous Jamal carrying a coffin to the US Embassy with the slogan “Death to the Jews”.
Not even Najib’s learned bloggers and Facebook warriors – some of whom are rumoured to be paid millions of ringgit – have posted anything that could be considered an unequivocal defence of their boss.
Maybe they understand what “Malaysian crook” means but are not totally familiar with the phrase “reeks of the swamp”. The Newsweek headline reads: “Trump’s Meeting With Malaysian Crook Najib Reeks of the Swamp”.
I think what the writer had intended to say is, the meeting smells like swamps – in another word unpleasant and offensive.
Personally I thank Trump for not paying a visit to Malaysia Truly Asia because I fear that if he does, Najib may offer yet another stimulus package to prop up the US economy.
Or Trump could have done some reading and a little bit of arithmetic to realise that Najib actually offered nothing new during the White House meeting.
Also he could have just realised that the Malaysian economy is worth only about US$309.8 billion compared to the US GDP of US$19,417 billion.
In making the offer to help strengthen the US economy, Najib might not have known that 20 out of 50 US states have GDP higher than Malaysia.
Actually it pays to be knowledgeable when you are the leader of a country.