KUALA LUMPUR, April 16: More Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament have condemned Prime minister Najib Razak's declaration of support for the US campaign to isolate Iran over the nuclear issue.
In a joint statement by MP for Kuala Selangor, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Michael Jayakumar Devaraj (Sungai Siput), Tian Chua (Batu) and Charles Santiago (Klang) (pic, left to right), Najib was slammed for cowing down to Washington's dictates in Iran's nuclear programme.
"We register out utmost disgust if Najib’s Administration were to diabolically deviate from the ‘non-alligned’ stance of our friends and comrades in the OIC, ASEAN and the NAM, insofar, as cowing down to the ‘dictates’ of the Obama’s Administration in matters of the right of Iran to pursue their nuclear programme for civilian and energy purposes," said the statement signed by the four MPs representing PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Democratic Action Party and Parti Sosialis Malaysia.
Najib, during a meeting with US president Barack Obama earlier this week, was reported to have agreed with Washington's campaign to isolate Iran over its nuclear power project. He also told Obama that Malaysia was prepared to cooperate with the US in Afghanistan for "capacity building" through the training of police, military personnel and civilian administrators.
'What about Israel?'
They added that Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about its nuclear plans, including its production of 20 per cent enriched uranium which does not contradict the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of which Iran is a signatory.
"Iran has on numerous occasions declare their pusuit on nuclear programmes limited to civilian purposes and all its nuclear activities are under the watch of the IAEA," said the statement, adding that if Obama really wanted to abolish nuclear weapons, it should be unequivocal on the Israeli regime's stockpile of nuclear arms.
The statement also echoed a call by PAS president earlier this week in Parliament to emulate the government of Turkey which had stated its strong opposition against Washington's double standards when it comes to the Zionist regime
"We must be consistent that all nuclear countries should disarm as insisted by the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyib Erdogan ahead of his meeting with the US President. That resolute stance is both exemplary and visionary, worthy of emulation and accolade," it said.
Washington has been leading efforts to toughen sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, which the US and Western allies say is aimed at producing weapons, a charge Tehran has consistently denied. The US efforts have however met with strong opposition from big powers such as China, Russia, Latin-American countries and Turkey. UN security council members Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon, alongside permanent member China, are expected to oppose the next round of sanctions against Iran.
Petronas stopped selling to Iran
The MPs also said that as the prime minister of "a sovereign self respecting nation", Najib should take a principled stand on the issue of nuclear weapon proliferation.
"Already we noted with great anguish and disdain that Petronas has stopped selling gasoline to Iran in anticipation of the US sanction of all oil firms having relation with the Republic of Iran."
Describing the US stance as hypocritical and one-sided, the statement expressed no suprise over the move, coming as it is from the same government which had "launched an illegal war on Iraq based on total lies regarding weapons of mass destruction."
"There is no reason why we have to dance to their unprincipled tune. We call upon all NAM and OIC countries to take a principled stance on the issue. Only then will the excesses of superpowers be curtailed through a truly ‘multi-lateral’ approach. Or at least we have tried," it said.
Fear vindicated, caucus a 'joke'
The MPs also said it was now clear why the Barisan Nasional government, who had paid RM77 million to a Zionist-linked public relations firm Apco Worldwide, had rushed to pass the Strategic Goods Act in Parliament.
With the Obama administration congratulating Najib for the passing of the bill, the earlier fear by Pakatan Rakyat MPs were now "vindicated", they added.
"This has now become a shame, contempt and disrespect for the parliament of Malaysia," the statement added.
It also called on Najib to safeguard the country's international reputation by cancelling the launching of the Malaysian-US (Congressional) caucus, because it was "unrepresentative" and only consists of government and BN-friendly MPs.
"This would certainly embarrass himself and the nation making him and the country the butt of jokes in the Washington cocktail circuit."