Thursday, February 07, 2013

Foreign Policy - Do they have any?

In the leadup to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, no one can forget how Sarah Palin made her name from the sleepy hollow of Wasilla, Alaska.

A keen 'hockey mum', Sarah did not wink tackling the many issues of local America, but when thrust into the spotlight of International relations, fumbled and felt her way around exposing her flaws in Internatinal relations.

Though not as damaging as though, Palin eventually left her office citing 'ethics' damage with many lawsuits brought against her both by local Alaskan companies as well as residents.

International relations - what is Pakatan Rakyat's International relations policy?

How will it fair with the likes of North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, and Myanmar?

Will Lim Guan Eng embrace Kin Jong Un like a long lost brother and develop nuclear weapons of his own?
Will Nik Aziz send an entourage to Iran to explore the possibilities of establishing an Kelantan Iran Area of Knowledge (KeTIak) and establish Taliban Institute of Technology (TIT)?
With Myanmar being the new darling of South East Asia, what will Anwar Ibrahim discover from this come-back of the Junta?

In truth, we have never thought of International relations as a dipstick to measure Pakatan, but with Anwar's whirlwind tour of Australia belittling our electoral process, and his exploits of Indonesian factions to bad mouth Malaysia, how will it proceed to repair these damages?

How about LYNAS, how will it soothe the Australian company that had poured millions into Kuantan? How will it explain it's idiotic take on radioactive materials when it cannot accept the scientific truth of rare earth?

There are so many flaws about this alliance from the beginning (remember how Pakatan Rakyat was hastily announced post 2008 elections and not before, so don't tell me that we voted for Pakatan in the first place) and the past 4 years has shown that this alliance is more interested in the realms of power than to actually forged Malaysia ahead in the rat race.

By denouncing FDI's and telling the likes of LYNAS that they have no place in Malaysia (not to mention the negative it has played on Qatari waealth) , Pakatan Rakyat if anything has only showed that they have no idea how to handle International relations that should lead to the inpouring of much touted Foreign Direct Investments.

On the contrary, the MCKIP (Malaysia China Kuantan Industrial Park is yet another step ahead by the Najib administration in getting more foreigners to site their businesses in Malaysia. With the signing of the Malaysian China Framework of Mutual Agreement in Higher Education recognition, it has further proven that the Najib administration is serious in bridging the two nations, a step started by his father and now carried on by Najib.

So whose foreign policy do you think will benefit Malaysia in the long run?

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