Malaysia: Washington Go-Between Installed as Prime Minister


Above: Anwar Ibrahim attends and builds the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded Bersih 3.0 rally in Malaysia in 2012.

11-12-2022: After more than two decades of trying, the US state finally succeeded in its mission to install Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister, as part of its multi-faceted regional campaign to encircle the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with pro-Western proxy governments. At the end of November, Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister since the country achieved its independence from the former British Empire in 1957.[1] The recent elections resulted in a hung parliament for the first time, with no party able to form a simple majority of 112 seats out of the 222, so coalitions were invited to be formed.[2] Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan will now form the governing coalition. It caps a comeback by Ibrahim, who was deputy prime minister to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed in the 1990s, before being jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy. Yet this was not a comeback which Ibrahim achieved without substantial assistance from Washington.

NED patron

The New Atlas was quick to remind everyone[3] that despite Anwar Ibrahim’s projected image as a fighter against corruption, he has long been a patron of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – the regime change arm of the US government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As soon as Ibrahim was released from prison in 2005, he travelled directly to Washington to meet with the NED. When he returned to Washington in 2019, NED head Carl Gershman gave him a glowing introduction as a guest speaker at the annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World.[4] For “democracy”, we can read the interests of imperialism at the expense of the overwhelming majority of the planet. In South East Asia, “democracy” is purported by the West to undermine and, if possible, break economic, cultural and political ties with the PRC – the world’s largest and most powerful socialistic state.

The PRC’s largely nationalised and planned economy is stirring almost continuous growth, from which China and its neighbours ultimately benefit. At all costs, the US ruling class seeks to contain, or break up and overthrow, the central government in Beijing. This is a gargantuan task, so Washington attempts to break off parts of the PRC (Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang), while funding and organising political destablisation in China’s neighbours to its own benefit. Malaysia is no exception, and Anwar Ibrahim is willing to serve Washington, while being politically savvy enough to know that he is not able to be so open about the end game. Malaysia has large sectors of Malay, Indian and Chinese people, so Ibrahim as Prime Minister is unlikely to be outwardly anti-China. Nevertheless in 2019, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishamuddin Hussein met with PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who he described on stage, speaking in Mandarin, as his “elder brother”. At the time Anwar Ibrahim demanded Hussein retract his comment and issue an apology to the country.[5] By being subtle about it, Ibrahim arguably will put on a front of standing up for Malaysia against all powers, while in practice tilting Malaysia slowly but surely away from the PRC and towards the US, regardless of the consequences.

Delayed “Bersih” colour revolution

One could with some justification state that Ibrahim becoming Prime Minister is the delayed result of the Bersih colour revolution which went through five iterations since it first sprung to life in 2007. The colour for this colour revolution was yellow, but revelations about Bersih’s funding began to emerge in 2011. After years of claiming that Bersih was  “grassroots” movement, Bersih chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan admitted that Bersih received money from the National Democratic Institute (NDI – a subsidiary of the NED) and the Open Society Institute of billionaire anti-socialist regime change kingpin George Soros.[6] Thus, while Bersih’s claimed goal was “free and fair elections”, it was in fact a movement which attempted to set up “elections” where their opponents have been sidelined or eliminated[7], paving the way for pro-Washington parties or candidates to triumph over those who may insist on Malaysia’s independent development.

For all of its flowery rhetoric, Bersih was an attempt to overthrow the government using funding supplied to a myriad of US backed NGOs (“Non-Government Organisations”). Despite this, the liberal Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) prominently backed and threw its members into Bersih, donning the yellow t-shirts, apparently oblivious to who was behind it.[8] From jail, Anwar Ibrahim repeatedly called on Malaysians to join the Bersih protests.[9] Even Mahathir Mohamad, after originally condemning the Bersih actions for (quite correctly) being an attempt to overthrow the government while being funded by George Soros, later attended the Bersih 4 and Bersih 5 demonstrations.[10] Eventually, the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party was not elected for the first time in 2018, and now the NED candidate of choice Anwar Ibrahim has taken the reins at the end of 2022.

The Malaysian government capitulated to imperialism with its nonsensical Covid narrative, imposing facemask mandates, quarantine and boasts that they had “fully vaccinated” 82% of Malayisa’s 23 million people.[11] However, these vaccinations may well have been carried out with the Chinese made Sinovac Covid vaccines, with a reported 40 million doses made available to Malaysia via the PRC.[12] Therefore, it is unlikely that Malaysia will be hit with a wave of Covid injection injuries and deaths as workers in the West were forced to endure with the murderous mRNA shots. Still, Malaysia is yet another example that surrender to the West on Covid will not and cannot prevent your nation from being targeted for regime change, either from without, or from within via a colour revolution.

Major PRC led Belt and Road Initiative projects in Malaysia, such as the 640-kilometre East Coast Rail Link[13] may now be in jeopardy with Anwar Ibrahim having his strings pulled from Washington. Ibrahim in power creates an opening for the US to foster more anti-China sentiment in Malaysia, as part of its underhanded moves to stifle PRC-South East Asian co-operation. What workers in South-East Asia need are political parties based on Permanent Revolution, i.e., genuine and unfalsified Marxism, rather than bland liberalism or the Stalinism of the ruling bureaucracies in Vietnam and the PRC.



[1] (07-12-2022)

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