Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Ass-Kissers Club

Dollah KOWTOWing to the US and Jews yet again!

Dollah, Khairy and Anwar US-Jewish friendly foreign policies will try to distant themselves as much from the like of stand-for-its-principle-absolutely-NO-KOWTOWING- to US and Israel nonsense that is Iran and Ahmednijad. Again Dollah makes sure Najib gets to deliver such news. What a coward!

Iran ejected from Malaysian defence show

24 April 2008

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Thursday said Iranian defence firms were ejected from a military trade show for exhibiting "lethal and offensive equipment" in violation of UN Security Council sanctions.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said the Iranian firms had been informed that they could take part provided that did not contravene UN resolutions which includes a ban on arms exports.

"Unfortunately... they displayed equipment that clearly contravenes the UN resolution such as missiles and missile systems," Najib told reporters.

"We were left in a situation that we did not have any option -- since Malaysia is committed to respecting and adhering to the UN resolution -- but to terminate their participation," he said.

Last year, the Security Council had imposed a series of sanctions against Iran to punish Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, which world powers fear Iran could use to make nuclear weapons.

According to the New Straits Times, the Iranian pavilion at the Defence Services Asia exhibition was closed on the second day of the four-day trade show which ends Thursday.

The newspaper said US embassy officials had approached the organisers and the Malaysian defence and foreign ministries to voice their concern and threatened to pull out of the show if action was not taken.

The US is one of the largest exhibitors with 26 American companies taking part.

A US embassy spokeswoman said it does not comment on diplomatic actions.

Najib, who is also defence minister, said: "We received some complaints but we took this action not on the basis of the complaints but because of our position."

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Iran display halted for showing missiles
The Sun
April 25, 2008

Husna Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia terminated Iran’s participation in the 11th Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2008 exhibition and conference because it showcased missiles, missile systems and other related equipment.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said this contravened the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1747 and 1803, which stated that lethal or offensive equipment and those related to them must not be transferred or sold to other countries.

Najib, who is also the defence minister, said the Iranians have been told they must not showcase forbidden materials as provided under the UN Security Council resolutions.

This was conveyed by the ministry’s secretary-general to the Iranian ambassador on Tuesday (April 22).

"Unfortunately, when we came around to inspect their stand, they displayed equipment such as missiles, missile systems and others which would be in direct contravention of the UN Security Council resolutions," he said.

"We were left with no option but to terminate the participation of Modlex (Export Centre) since Malaysia is committed to respecting and adhering to the UN resolution."

In a press conference on the last day of the DSA 2008 today, Najib was asked to comment on the Iranian pavilion which the organisers abruptly sealed off on the second day of the DSA 2008 on Tuesday.

On whether this was due to protests by American and British exhibitors, he said they objected but the decision was based on the violation of the resolution.

Asked whether Iran would be allowed to participate in future DSA events, he said: "It all depends on their status vis-a-vis the UN resolution. If the resolution is still in effect, then we will continue to respect and adhere to it."

Asked why the message was conveyed to them only on Tuesday, Najib said they had been told earlier on but the last time was on that day because "we tried to work out a way for them to participate."

In another development, asked whether the review on big-scale programmes under the 9th Malaysia Plan will affect the whole development of the Malaysian armed forces, Najib said the government had never overspent on defence.

"Whatever we spent on defence is within our affordability and will not jeopardise the country’s socio-economic development. So we are quite happy with the state of affairs that the Malaysian government has always adopted a balanced development approach."

He said some of the defence programmes will go on while some may need to be re-scheduled under the Mid-Term Review.

On measures to be taken by the armed forces to offset the rising fuel cost at global level, Najib said they will resort to more fuel-efficient engines when evaluating defence products or equipment.

The next DSA will be held from April 19 to 22, 2010.

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