On September 12, 2017, Donald Trump hosted Muslim-majority (60%) Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak at the White House and praised Kuala Lumpur for investing US$20 billion in the United States and fighting terrorism.
“Prime minister Najib Razak has been very, very strong on terrorism in Malaysia and a great supporter from that standpoint, so that’s a very important thing from the United States,” Trump said while calling Najib a friend.
In response, Najib told Trump that in order to “win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, Washington must support moderate and progressive Muslim regimes and governments around the world such as Malaysia’s because that is the true face of Islam, that is the authentic face of Islam.”
It’s just possible that since Malaysia is not among the seven Muslim-majority countries Trump banned Muslims to enter United States a few months ago (Trump’s executive order, though, doesn’t apply to Jew, Christian and Hindu citizens from those countries) – Trump do like Malaysian Muslims.
Naturally, the Jewish media didn’t like Trump’s praise of Malaysian government which has been on Israeli radar for a regime change for a decade now.
On September 6, the WSJ in an editorial slammed Donald Trump over inviting Najib to the White House.
“A visit to the White House is a diplomatic plum that world leaders covet. So why the president Trump bestowing this honor on Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, who jailed an opposition leader (Anwar Ibrahim) and is a suspect in corruption that span the globe,” said the editorial.
Interestingly, Benjamin Netanyahu has been entertained at the White House more than any world leader while his criminal record is 100-times worse than Najib.
Najib’s visit was a PR stunt to blunt local accusations of corruption and Israel-Jewish Lobby propaganda against his ruling UMNO party whose founder Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has often criticized Washington’s pro-Israel foreign policy.
In the past, Najib had accused foreign media of falsely running down Malaysia’s vibrant democracy and spreading smears and falsehoods about this government just for political gains.
“It’s unfortunate but consistent with Trump’s policy of downplaying democracy and human rights as an aspect of US policy,” says Israel First Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR).
Malaysian opposition PKR party leader Latheefa Koya who had called Donald Trump world’s greatest Islamophobic president – blasted Najib calling Trump “friend”. She said: “Why Najib didn’t ask his friend about Muslim ban or his support for the Zionist entity?”
Malaysia with 24% Chinese population, is China’s natural ally but it’s trying to maintain a balance between regional nuclear powers such as China, India, Russia and Pakistan.
On September 29, 2017, American investigative journalist, filmmaker and novelist, Andre Vitchek posted an article, entitled, Malaysia Prostrates Itself In Front Of The US.
“President Trump is well aware of the fact that the West is gradually losing support in many parts of Asia-Pacific. For the first time in modern history, The Philippines are openly rebelling against the Washington’s diktats, while Vietnam is reassessing its policy towards the West, gradually warming up towards China, at least after the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, got re-elected at the beginning of 2016. Even the perpetually obedient ally of Washington, Indonesia, has lately been showing some mild signs of rebelliousness. Thailand is extending feelers in all directions, and could go either ‘east or west’, at any moment. Of all the ‘important countries’ in the region, what is left for Washington to rely on is only the rich and opportunistic city-state, Singapore – and lately Malaysia,” says Vitchek.
“For the US, both Singapore and Malaysia are essential. These countries are sitting on one of the strategically most vital waterways in the world – the Straits of Malacca – and they are by far the richest nations of Southeast Asia. Both Singapore and Malaysia are experiencing political problems, although to two very different degrees,” says Vitchek.