You can always count on Malaysia as a source for weird, anti-semitic conspiracy theories; whether it is Mahathir Mohamad saying that “the Jews rule the world by proxy” or government investigations into the sinister activities of Zionist tech consultants.
So, as the country prepares for a special election, it’s business as usual, reports the Jerusalem Post:
Malaysia’s opposition called for an independent investigation Sunday into claims that Israeli spies had infiltrated the national police headquarters.
Government and police authorities have denied the allegation, which was made by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Parliament last week in an attempt to cast doubt on the credibility of the ruling party in this Muslim-majority country.
Anwar claimed he had obtained police documents indicating that two former Israeli military intelligence officers entered the federal police headquarters in 2008 and had access to the police communications system while working secretly for a technology company. He did not say what their intentions might have been.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Friday dismissed Anwar’s claim of a security breach as “baseless,” and ordered police and government investigators to compile evidence to disprove it.
In recent weeks, Anwar has repeatedly tried to link the ruling National Front coalition to Israeli interests. He has also alleged that the government’s widely publicized “1Malaysia” racial unity slogan was modeled on the “One Israel” political alliance set up by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 1999.
Anwar claimed there were indications that Israelis were trying to get involved in the country’s administration.
Government leaders have rejected Anwar’s statements as an effort to erode public support for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s coalition, especially among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority ahead of a closely watched special election later this month for a state legislative seat.
Phlip Rodrigues, the managing editor of Free Malaysia Today, wonders whether such tactics will translate into votes, and at what cost:
To onlookers it is clear that the two opposing sides are each trying to score points as they engage in anti-Israeli bashing.
The cover— the “Zionist conspiracy to control the global economy and ultimately dominate the world”—has been blown wide open, so it seems. It is political suicide to have Jews in our midst: translated into votes, the Israeli connection will spell doom for both the ruling and opposition camps if it is not severed in double-quick time. So the outcry was understandably deafening in Parliament but to the spectators, it borders on the ridiculous.
If there are Jews in every nook and cranny, how are we to do business with the world without stepping on their toes? How are we to know if the entrepreneur shaking your hand is not a Jew? Do we recoil in horror if businessmen Adam, Jacob and Greenspan are Jews or have Jewish blood? Do we beat a hasty retreat when we discover that our favorites— Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, and McDonald’s Restaurants—are reportedly businesses that serve the Jews?
Maybe the United Nations can step in and compile a list of all the Jews doing business around the world and distribute it to vulnerable countries like Malaysia. Or, under threat of punishing sanctions, compel all Israelis to wear their badge of identity on their lapels.
It is all weird. There are many problems plaguing us and all have the potential to wreak serious damage on the life of the country. A tottering economy, deep-rooted corruption, immoral politics —all this is enough to bring the roof crashing down on us. Yet, our national security is not threatened by this potent brew.
The greater menace as seen through the distorted prism of the elected representatives is the Jewish plot to wage economic warfare by infiltrating all the important organs of the government. The Jewish bogeyman may serve its purpose in inciting fear in the quest for electoral trophies but it will not remove the biggest danger – internal turmoil caused by rabid right-wing fanatics, race-mongering demagogues, maniacal religious zealots.