KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22, 2015:
Pertubuhan Pembangunan Penduduk Malaysia (PPPM) president Prof Dr Fatimah Daud has described the second visit of United States (US) President Barack Obama to Malaysia, which will last three days, as not without its caveats.
“I see him as kind and honest. After all, he has roots in the East. But we can’t say that he (Obama) is too good and close to us because we can’t predict the actions of politicians.
“They may say something today and do something else tomorrow,” she told The Rakyat Post when contacted.
In the meantime, Fatimah advised Malaysian leaders to be careful and not be easily duped or follow whatever the US dictates.
She said Obama was at least better than the previous President. As he was now familiar with Malaysia, he may even take more interest in the country, she added.
“Thus, I feel his presence as a good thing. Hopefully, he does not intend to harm us, but even so, we do not know for sure.”
She said if Obama was a true friend, Malaysia would have much to gain, such as protection from being attacked, but if he were two-faced, Malaysia can be conquered at any time.
“The US itself is famous for espionage activities and it has colonised other countries such as Iraq.
“If we are compared with Singapore, our country is not so advanced and wealthy, but Obama seems to be more interested in Malaysia.”
However, she warned that political instability within the country could open a door for the US to intervene.
Meanwhile, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim said the effect of Obama’s presence on Malaysian policies and politics was something that could not be anticipated.
He said it was up to Malaysian politicians to bring Malaysians together after Obama leaves.
“After Obama’s visit, neither the people or I know what will happen.
“We have to wait and see because so far, we do not see sincere efforts made by our politicians to bridge the divisions in Malaysian society.
“On the economic front, it is very complex, requiring us to have good relations with developed countries as a guarantee to remain competitive.”
Khoo said the economy had always been dependent on the US, but the situation had now changed.
“I’m not sure whether Malaysia still depends on the US economy or not. It depends on natural resources.
“In the past, the United States used to buy a lot of rubber and tin from us. Now, we are not selling tin. It can’t be that they want to buy our Proton cars?”