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John Mallot: Malaysia is a terrible, unsafe country

That is the gist of his latest article. The opening few paragraphs of this latest barb from old John Mallot is basically telling us that this country is on the verge of a racial calamity. From his plush writing table in the United States, he is saying that Malaysia now is far worse than the terror we endured back in 13th May 1969.

I read his article while having lunch with a few friends just now. I must say, I was in complete fear for my life! Malays and chinese/indians were terrorising each other. Few cars and buildings were on fire.

Hundreds died and injured in the many racial skirmishes that went on and on in the city centre just now.

I was on the verge to rush home and pack up in order to leave Kuala Lumpur when the nice chinese waitress smiled at me and asked if I wanted any dessert. No tension there.

You see, what I described above was exactly what Mallot might have been thinking while writing his article below.

Maybe he should take a look at the mirror and comment on his country’s own problems.

To John Mallot, Anwar Ibrahim is a liability that is bringing down your own credibility, if you have any left.

All the issues he brought up in his article had been dealt, mitigated and put to rest.

To the readers, I leave it to you to read the full text below. We must always be wary of foreigners who tries to stir racial tension in this country. After all, Malaysia is not their country. They will not lose out if anything bad happens to us.

Sadly, we find that even our own countrymen are helping them to fan this bigotry amongst us. If we persist in giving more opportunities for anti-nationalists like these to discredit our country, we may find ourselves facing the complete anarchy that is now Egypt. Like the columnist Shamsul Akmar of The New Straits Times, one of the few able writers that I seldom miss reading, had written a few days ago

The next question is, if Mubarak had danced to the tune played by Washington, why is it that the US seems to be abandoning him today?

As in the case of other leaders who had been stooges of the US, their continued rule had always been without popular support and when uprising occurred, there was nothing much Washington could do to stop the tide.

The next best thing for Washington is to abandon the leader who had outlived his usefulness and start “nurturing” a new stooge.

As it is, there is a lot of suspicions that Omar Suleiman, the vice-president appointed by Mubarak last week, is with the approval of Washington and Tel Aviv.

In that sense Malaysia has been lucky to not end up being dependent economically on the US.

It could have happened in 1998 if Malaysia had turned to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, both bodies whose policies and strategies are tailored to suit that of the US.

But it did not. But it could, maybe the next time Malaysia is saddled with another crisis.

And there is always a tin-pot American stooge wannabe waiting for the opportunity.

Malaysia, too, is not devoid of such candidates.


John Mallot’s:

Malaysia’s national tourism agency promotes the country as “a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak echoed this view when he announced his government’s theme, One Malaysia. “What makes Malaysia unique,” Mr. Najib said, “is the diversity of our peoples. One Malaysia’s goal is to preserve and enhance this unity in diversity, which has always been our strength and remains our best hope for the future.”

If Mr. Najib is serious about achieving that goal, a long look in the mirror might be in order first. Despite the government’s new catchphrase, racial and religious tensions are higher today than when Mr. Najib took office in 2009. Indeed, they are worse than at any time since 1969, when at least 200 people died in racial clashes between the majority Malay and minority Chinese communities. The recent deterioration is due to the troubling fact that the country’s leadership is tolerating, and in some cases provoking, ethnic factionalism through words and actions.

A Kuala Lumpur street is deserted after curfew was imposed during the riots in 1969. This picture was taken two days after the May 13 clashes.

For instance, when the Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur invited the prime minister for a Christmas Day open house last December, Hardev Kaur, an aide to Mr. Najib, said Christian crosses would have to be removed. There could be no carols or prayers, so as not to offend the prime minister, who is Muslim. Ms. Kaur later insisted that she “had made it clear that it was a request and not an instruction,” as if any Malaysian could say no to a request from the prime minister’s office.

Similar examples of insensitivity abound. In September 2009, Minister of Home Affairs Hishammuddin Onn met with protesters who had carried the decapitated head of a cow, a sacred animal in the Hindu religion, to an Indian temple. Mr. Hishammuddin then held a press conference defending their actions. Two months later, Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Parliament that one reason Malaysia’s armed forces are overwhelmingly Malay is that other ethnic groups have a “low spirit of patriotism.” Under public pressure, he later apologized.

The leading Malay language newspaper, Utusan Melayu, prints what opposition leader Lim Kit Siang calls a daily staple of falsehoods that stoke racial hatred. Utusan, which is owned by Mr. Najib’s political party, has claimed that the opposition would make Malaysia a colony of China and abolish the Malay monarchy. It regularly attacks Chinese Malaysian politicians, and even suggested that one of them, parliamentarian Teresa Kok, should be killed.

This steady erosion of tolerance is more than a political challenge. It’s an economic problem as well.

Once one of the developing world’s stars, Malaysia’s economy has underperformed for the past decade. To meet its much-vaunted goal of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Malaysia needs to grow by 8% per year during this decade. That level of growth will require major private investment from both domestic and foreign sources, upgraded human skills, and significant economic reform. Worsening racial and religious tensions stand in the way.

Almost 500,000 Malaysians left the country between 2007 and 2009, more than doubling the number of Malaysian professionals who live overseas. It appears that most were skilled ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians, tired of being treated as second-class citizens in their own country and denied the opportunity to compete on a level playing field, whether in education, business, or government. Many of these emigrants, as well as the many Malaysian students who study overseas and never return (again, most of whom are ethnic Chinese and Indian), have the business, engineering, and scientific skills that Malaysia needs for its future. They also have the cultural and linguistic savvy to enhance Malaysia’s economic ties with Asia’s two biggest growing markets, China and India.

Of course, one could argue that discrimination isn’t new for these Chinese and Indians. Malaysia’s affirmative action policies for its Malay majority—which give them preference in everything from stock allocation to housing discounts—have been in place for decades. So what is driving the ethnic minorities away now?

First, these minorities increasingly feel that they have lost a voice in their own government. The Chinese and Indian political parties in the ruling coalition are supposed to protect the interests of their communities, but over the past few years, they have been neutered. They stand largely silent in the face of the growing racial insults hurled by their Malay political partners. Today over 90% of the civil service, police, military, university lecturers, and overseas diplomatic staff are Malay. Even TalentCorp, the government agency created in 2010 that is supposed to encourage overseas Malaysians to return home, is headed by a Malay, with an all-Malay Board of Trustees.

Second, economic reform and adjustments to the government’s affirmative action policies are on hold. Although Mr. Najib held out the hope of change a year ago with his New Economic Model, which promised an “inclusive” affirmative action policy that would be, in Mr. Najib’s words, “market friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based,” he has failed to follow through. This is because of opposition from right-wing militant Malay groups such as Perkasa, which believe that a move towards meritocracy and transparency threatens what they call “Malay rights.”

But stalling reform will mean a further loss in competitiveness and slower growth. It also means that the cronyism and no-bid contracts that favor the well-connected will continue. All this sends a discouraging signal to many young Malaysians that no matter how hard they study or work, they will have a hard time getting ahead.

Mr. Najib may not actually believe much of the rhetoric emanating from his party and his government’s officers, but he tolerates it because he needs to shore up his Malay base. It’s politically convenient at a time when his party faces its most serious opposition challenge in recent memory—and especially when the opposition is challenging the government on ethnic policy and its economic consequences. One young opposition leader, parliamentarian Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, has proposed a national debate on what she called the alternative visions of Malaysia’s future—whether it should be a Malay nation or a Malaysian nation. For that, she earned the wrath of Perkasa; the government suggested her remark was “seditious.”

Malaysia’s government might find it politically expedient to stir the racial and religious pot, but its opportunism comes with an economic price tag. Its citizens will continue to vote with their feet and take their money and talents with them. And foreign investors, concerned about racial instability and the absence of meaningful economic reform, will continue to look elsewhere to do business.

(John Mallot was the US Ambassador to Malaysia from 1995 to 1998).


There you have it. Thank you.

27 thoughts on “John Mallot: Malaysia is a terrible, unsafe country

  1. This is a case of being miles away and being fed misinformation in his attempt to stir a peaceful comely nest. He has to get his facts straight.
    This is a case of being miles away and being the spokes person Anwar. So now Anwar is calling on his old posterior friend to boast his flagging political career

    This posterior condoning American seems to be an expert on Malaysian affairs over night
    Taking pot shots at Malaysian from your safe heaven is not that of a worthy man only a worn our old shagged out ambassador.You are being fed by the posterior master so you are not at hand to gauge the real situation. All this racial tirade (mainly in cyber space) is the creation of the political opposition in their bid to take over power.

    Chinese and Indians – For two cents worth of facts, they have been a people who can never be satisfied with where they live and what they have. They started off in China or Indian and have been migrating and migrating and migrating and will migrate till kingdom come! I can name you a few but I am sure you have some intelligence. They are are a race who will never stay put, they want the best for themselves and themselves only. We do not want such races here in Malaysia. As you have conceded the Chinese and Indians have been country hoping ever since history began.

    You dare talk of discrimination in Malaysia, if I may borrow, you taking a long look in the mirror might be in order first – look at your own country, the amount of discrimination again the Blacks, the Mexicans, Chinese, Muslims, Central American and the South Americans. Most importantly take a look at the discrimination at the non Jews in the US. (in your own country, or wherever you originated from) Bear in mind we do not have ghettos here in Malaysia.

    You say, “They stand largely silent in the face of the growing racial insults hurled by their Malay political partners” This displays stupidity of a naive pompous asshole – just read the internet bragging by the non Malays in Malaysia. Please read!! It is not the Government that is stirring up the racial and religious pot but the nonMalays themselves. You have to listen to Lim Kit Siang and his cronies plus the other so called DAP politicians and a part of the Malaysian cyber world. Read and don’t be so dumb!
    I knew it, I knew it, you had to speak up for Anwar Ibrahim your partner in ….. by bring up his daughter, who is trying very hard to give maximum publicity for her father’s flagging political career.

    Take another look at your own mirror because looking elsewhere!!


  2. you know it’s times like these when you wish people would just mind their own business instead of poking their noses in where it’s not needed.

    Or poke it into where it’s REALLY needed. Like helping the marginalized Ughyurs in Xinjiang, maybe, who are in real danger of getting their ethnicity and cultural identity wiped out.

    The other day I read a post of an acquaintance who said that ‘there is ethnic cleansing in Malaysia. This is the truth.’ I have the biggest urge of pulling googled photos of the casualties of the ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian war and shove it in his face, just so he can see what REAL ethnic cleansing is all about.

    There are vernacular schools in this country, taught primarily in languages that is NOT the national language and nor does it follow the national syllabus. We have citizen who DO NOT speak the national language. We have citizens who live in their own ethnic enclaves without ever having to mingle with people of other ethnicity. Some of the richest people (most actually) in the country are of the minority races. Would a country that promotes discrimination against these races would have this sort of circumstances?

    If anything, the native culture of the Austronesians (i use this term to pool all the indigenous natives as well as Malays because genealogically we all belong in the same rumpun, really) is the one in serious danger of being eroded. One would just have to look at what is left of the native Americans to see what could possibly lie in the future for us 😦


  3. “They stand largely silent in the face of the growing racial insults hurled by their Malay political partners.”

    and hello??? I thought this is the other way round??? because god forbid if a Malay said anything in defense/ retaliation it’s called racist, but if anyone else said it it’s freedom of speech??


  4. Very strange…since when do the US of A occupy the proverbial moral high ground? I seem to remember the illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan based on lies and misconception and turning a blind eye and deaf ears when it comes to atrocities committed by Israelis on Palestinians. John effing Mallot must be living in a parallel universe..


  5. Someone is sure impatient and desperate to see Malaysia fall in his lifetime.

    Which means Najib is doing rather well. He was seen sitting down on mats to chat with the rakyat, quite endearing.


  6. See what happens Mr Ambassador, when your contact with the locals is within the perimeter of the archetypal *patriotic* non-bumi staffs which make up most , if not all, of the local employees in the embassies around here ….lah!


  7. John Mallot was probably drunk while he was writing the article ;p What a delusional exAmbassador.. If this is a sample of the “quality” of US personnel.. no wonder they made a blunder in claiming Iraq has WMD. So sad that a nation so advanced are still full of delusional idiots..


  8. John mallot is your typical white trash with a bloated sense of superiority. Like all white trash, they think they know whats best for us…so what do we do with white trash? The answer is obvious but some people here not only want to keep the trash, even if it includes the shit in the toilet papers, but to use it to decorate the home. And yes kinky people might want to do that….n fucking in the ass is very kinky to me


  9. OniYon

    The thing about racist because nobody even bother or ignored the fact that Malays is not a race bound by blood. People should understand what is Malay before shouting that Malay is racist. Even most Malay don’t know the actual meaning of Malay. Malay need to be Muslim, need to speak Malay, need to practice Malay culture. This is the prerequisite to be a Malay. If everybody understand this then how can anybody says that Malay is racist where Malay it self is a collection of different races who shares the same religion,same language and same culture. Tun M, Ridhuan Tee understand this and that’s why they fight for the Malays although they are not a true blooded Malay. We need to shift Malay not to just be a typical race like others and make it exclusive among ourselves but use the Malay as a tool to promote the unification of the country and defend ourselves when people associated us as racist.

    I am a Malay and I am proud of it.


    • ?hazou,

      Read the book “Tamadun Alam Melayu” published by The Historical Society of Malaysia. It’s available at The Historical Society’s own 5-storey building opposite IJN on Jalan Tun Razak, KL.

      It’s not just any historical society. They were formed during British colonial times, now have Professors in History, Archaelogy, Malay Studies, etc among their members. They own a 5-storey building, beb. Ada darjat (integrity) punya pertubuhan. Boleh caya apa depa cakap.

      Depa kemukakan hasil hasil dari berpuluh puluh penyelidekan, penggalian (archaelogical excavations) dan pengkajian yang dibuat secara saintifik sejak pertengahan abad 19 hingga abad 20. Sila beli dan baca, kawan. Saya bukan salesman depa dan depa non-profit organisation. Tapi nak share pengtahuan.


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  11. Bro JMD,

    “Its citizens will continue to vote with their feet and take their money and talents with them.”

    Tell this kurang ajar Gore and Gay lover to put his opinions where the sun don’t shine.

    EMIGRATION, 2010
    ■ Stock of emigrants: 2,502.3 thousands
    ■ Stock of emigrants as percentage of population: 1.1%
    ■ Stock of emigrants: 2,423.6 thousands
    ■ Stock of emigrants as percentage of population: 0.8%
    ■ Stock of emigrants: 297.2 thousands
    ■ Stock of emigrants as percentage of population: 6.1%
    ■ Stock of emigrants: 1,481.2 thousands
    ■ Stock of emigrants as percentage of population: 5.3%



    Regards & YNWA


  12. and

    “….when at least 200 people died in racial clashes between the majority Malay and minority Chinese communities.”

    1. Pseudo historian Kua, please kowtow to JMD
    2. I am so afraid to go out especially this Chap Goh Mei cos the incessant burst of fire crackers might harm my ear drums

    *with no disrespect to the bereave of 513


  13. This is the Ugly American. The kind they wrote books and made Hollywood movies about in the sixties and seventies. The specie who went about Asia, even stayed in one or two of those countries, behaved badly, spreading mightier-than-thou arrogance, looking for communists or dictators under every bed, urging withdrawal of American aid from countries they disliked.

    A very poor representation of the US image, they sided with local Opposition forces, and in the name of democracy, encouraged resistance to the policies of governments they see as undemocratic or “not conforming to standards of international behavior”. They might even have tried to instigate armed resistance, or support existing ones, clandestinely supporting the overthrow of governments. Some were CIA secret agents and espionage operatives who arranged funds, weapons and training, and at the crucial time, turn up fighting together with the locals, guiding them at the battle front. We even saw on CNN TV news of the American secret operatives who fought with the Kurds, giving precise location Global Positionng System or GPS bearings, guiding fighter planes to drop bombs during the initial part of the war against Saddam Husssein in Iraq and those with the Northern Alliance forces led by Ahmad Masoud during the war that overthrew the Taliban Government in Afghanistan.

    This kind are still around, every minute of the day in any part of the world, promoting so-called civilized values and calling for liberty, equality and fraternity as interpreted and determined by them. Never mind the particular situation of countries with needs specific to their racial composition, like leveling the playing field, based on provisions of a Constitution that had been debated and approved by a Parliament comprising representatives of the people, elected during free and fair elections.

    Damn such Americans. The world would be a better place without the ugly ones. And this bloke John Mallot did not even quote any authority or sources of information for the numbers etc that he wrote. See the arrogance of the man who thinks he is an authority and knows this country for having lived here a few years some fifteen years ago. He is the kind against whom demonstrators in Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere would have carried placards bearing the words “YANKEE GO HOME”. Already gone home but he still deserves that placard shown to his face.


  14. Mallot is a poor specimen of a Diplomatic Officer. He might not be a career diplomat but of the celup variety – political appointees for services rendered to the President or sent out because his position in the political set up at home is untenable for one reason or another.

    Those political appointees need not be of sound integrity. J.F Kennedy’s father, Joseph, was made US Ambassador to Britain because he helped the Presidential candidate during the Presidential election. He was on record for exploiting diplomatic privileges like tax free liquor and made a lot of money from it. I’m told that career diplomats usually do not engage in such activites. Tax free privileges are meant for the diplomat’s own consumption and for entertaining their party guests, not for making money.

    In the news only about a week ago one such political appointee of Obama resigned as US Ambassador to Belgium after pressure was made to bear on her in the US career diplomats’ website. She arranged US$500,000 donation to Obama’s political campaign fund, US$150,000 of which came from her own coffers. The embassy staff could not bear her arrogance, cruel treatment of the staff and crude behavior, including buying furnishings in Switzerland at multiple times higher prices when the standing order for all US diplomats was to buy local where product range availability was not a problem.

    I’m told that political appointee ambassadors usually merely sign reports and analyses on local politics etc prepared by the career diplomats. They are not trained and do not have experience in analyzing local political situations.

    Mallot appears to be that kind. So, when writing on his own, he writes rubbish.


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  16. our job in this world is to speak out for justice and be truthful. if injustice occurred, then it is our duty to speak out and do something. John Mallot is doing just that.
    The crime situation is getting worse. just the other day, mat rempits smashed the left window of my wife’s car to grab her handbag, while another set of mat rempit block her right door as a precaution. this was done in a purposely created traffic jam, where a mat rempit junk had broken down, thus slowing traffic somewhere up front.
    She honked but nobody came to assist her.
    I don’t have to tell you my mother was held by a parang in her own home by four people several years ago.


    • @ Tempawan

      wow… what a drama indeed! but even if really it happened, i got nothing much to say except, that a hypocrite like you deserves it!


  17. Tuan

    John Mallot semasa Duta, adalah ‘handler’ Anwar Ibrahim dalam konspirasi CIA bagi menjatuhkan Dr Mahathir. Beliaulah menjanjikan pelbagai kepada Anwar, termasuk ‘to bankroll the economy back to health’ selepas projek Anwar dan Soros berjaya. Kini handler baru beliau di Jakarta, tetapi sarang CIA di KL rupanya di kedutaan Turki.

    “We’ve got him by the balls” adalah punca kenapa Anwar tiada pilihan tetapi akur dengan perencanaan CIA – PAKATAN RAKYAT adalah cara halus melumpuhkan kuasa mpolitik orang Melayu, kerana sudah ada dalang atau DAP bagi peranan itu. Anwar diguna buat kawal PAS agaknya.

    Mengikut sumber kalau SB kita tau apa Anwar bikin, SB Singapore dan rakan-rakan pasti tau.

    Pasal Nik Aziz tolong sikit saudara jangan hina ulama, NIK AZIZ BUKAN ULAMA TAPI AHLI POLITIK. Beliau ‘typical’ anak Kelantan yang masih dendam kerana PAS dipecat dari BN dahulu, lalu tidak sabar cari ‘Cina Buta” and found a willing DAP. Ahli PAS biasa siang malam doakan beliau letak jawatan sebagai Mursyidul Am, atau paling tidak diam terus. Pulau Melaka satu-satunya tempat di Malaysia yang gurunya ajar fiqah ahlulsunnah ‘selective’ sambil gendang politiknya di alun oleh dasar ‘vilayatul-faqih’ Khomeini- kalu tak susah sebab ulama ahlulsunnah tak boleh duduk kerusi politik, ni kan pula letak serban bawah punggung.

    Saya tak nampak beza Gaddafi, Taib Mahmood dan Nik Aziz- semua nak tongkat lagi dan menjadi LIABILITI pada rakyat.

    Perlu ambil tahu bahawa fatwa PAS boleh kerjasama dengan kapir – TAHALUL SI BAHALUL – tiada dapat restu SYARAK, dan pembohongan demi pembohongan kononnya ‘approved by Qardawi’.

    Mustahil Qardawi beri izin ‘Deoband brand of political Islam’, sans reason, sans tasauf.


  18. Please note my findings below on the end of mental autonomy we are quite close to, and try to create awareness and eventually table laws.

    *** “NEUROTECH” ***

    Warning to Citizens of the World


    There is a technological dimension of justice and element of consideration that nullifies the entire case of criminality or . . .

    Please look at comment no.4 in the below comment :

    Also the below :

    Please help, we are living in a TECHNOFASCIST APARTHEID STATE. I and many of us who may never be able to vote or decide to challenge the state of apartheid enforced via threat or technology against our MPs and Ministers have suffered many attacks and may need international help if not I will seek political asylum soon.

    It is not just the physical attacks, but the technoloical ones that are as fearful. Please help us and remove and arrest and try our oppressors.


  19. Trying to be neutral.
    But I’m guessing that’d be akin to pigs flying in the air. Oops, maybe i shouldn’t have said pigs.
    But then again why not. Since Mallot has been described of in very colourful language, I’m PROUD to say we malaysians indeed have class and culture.
    Each side has it’s own story. Each side has their own arguments.
    What Mallot is saying, is what i think correctly, describes what the non malays feel in this country. (maybe not all, but a fair majority, i’m guessing) The state of his country, his so called association with “posterior master” (hmmm…real ‘classy’), and all the other fluff DOES not turn away from the gist of what’s he’s trying to say.
    All races here stand to benefit from one another. That’s not a altruistic statement to please all, but think about it. It’s true.


  20. @phang,

    Then why don’t you go kow-tow at Kit Siang (dan Malam?) racist website? Oh, did the emperor want to be PM of Malaysia, or he just let his ‘keturunan’ handle it? So much for CAT huh?


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