Sunday, January 4, 2009

Correspondence Between Dr. M and Obama

On New Year's Day, Dr. Mahathir has written a letter to President-elect Barack Obama. The full text of the letter is as follows (reproduced from


Dear Mr. President,

I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am a Malaysian.

But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.

I welcome your promise to change. Certainly your country, the United States of America need a lot of changes.

That is because America and Americans have become the best hated people in the world. Even Europeans dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.

It is the custom on New Year's day for people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do the following in pursuit of Change.

1) Stop killing people. The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated.

War is primitive, the cavemen's way of dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning for future wars.

2) Stop indiscriminate support of Israeli killers with your money and your weapons. The planes and the bombs killing the people of Gaza are from you.

3) Stop applying sanctions against countries which cannot do the same against you.

In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000 children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were born deformed.

What have you achieved with this cruelty? Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.

4) Stop your scientists and researchers from inventing new and more diabolical weapons to kill more people more efficiently.

5) Stop your arms manufacturers from producing them. Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money that you earn. It is un-Christian.

6) Stop trying to democratize all the countries of the world. Democracy may work for the United States but it does not always work for other countries.

Don't kill people because they are not democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew. And you have not succeeded anyway.

7) Stop the casinos which you call financial institutions. Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading. Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions.

Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.

8) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements.

9) Show respect for the United Nations.

I have many other resolutions for change which I think you should consider and undertake.

But I think you have enough on your plate for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.

If you can do only a few of what I suggest you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils that surround them.

May I wish you a Happy New Year and a great Presidency.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad

(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)

Of course this is what we've seen. However, what caught my attention is that I was told that Mr. Obama has apparently written a reply back to Dr. M himself but I had some doubts on the certain paragraphs of the letter that was written. Looking at that style of writing, I find it hard to accept that it's Barack's writing.

Obama's reply is as follows:


Dear Mr. Former Prime Minister,

I know you wouldn't vote for me even if you could...just my gut feel, garnered from your writings. What a way to start a letter. Rather negative and unfriendly, if you permit me to volunteer. I hope you are feeling just right and not under the weather despite your monthly injections.

Come again, I am aware that you did pay big bucks to have a word with Bush and in return, you kinda bush-whacked him and America. No? As to affecting you and your country, this is quite a motherhood statement.

I rallied my people with “YES WE CAN”….that sir, is not a promise. It is a commitment. Promises can be broken easily. Let me recall that when you were Prime Minister you changed the rules that made it difficult for anyone to challenge your premiership. They had to have a certain amount of nominations. Recently you reneged on that and told UMNO to abandon that policy.

Of course, the US of A needs a lot of changes. We change our President every 5 years. American’s will NOT allow me to be their President for more than two terms…10 years at most and not 22 years.

Your young country needs changes too. For a start, clean up your comical electoral roll; that laughable but devious postal vote thing; the corruption, which UMNO euphemistically label as money politics that you recently accused your own ex-party of being smeared with; that perverted ISA; your corrupt cops and toothless ACA; your blemished judiciary……I do not want to believe that you started this, but I am reliably informed that .......; blogs in your country also revealed that your country does not allow its citizens, opposed to the Government, to have free assembly and cannot ride bicycles and burn candles. Lets not get into what the pot called the kettle but do ponder on this saying of yore: Physician, heal thyself….(before dispensing medicine so liberally.)

Admittedly America needs a change too and we all live in glass houses. YES? If changes do not happen, you can be sure that my people will kick me off the White House! There can be no such thing as hanging on for two decades.

Best hated….now that is something I am learning…. like saying “same difference” sir yeah?.... most hated I have heard. Yes arrogance is a no-no, yes? Like how your arrogant coalition lost 5 states and they still continue to be arrogant.

Making resolutions….that is a very western culture….you still believe in these yellow culture resolutions stuff… the way….I do not make resolutions….I make commitments. Resolutions are for the weak-willed.

Sir is this a coincidence? Your good friend Mugabe send me these 10 pointers too. It is not important who the original author is, but I assure you that Congress and not I, as President, will deliberate, decide on or reject your generous advice.

I greatly appreciate your Christian thoughts.

I do not wish to be a great leader….Hitler was a great leader…..I just want to be a GOOD leader.

And same to you, sir.

Yours cordially,

Barack Obama,


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