Friday, July 14, 2017

Najib Razak Laps Up to the Saudis

An American terrorism expert said he was baffled by Malaysia’s decision to work closely with Saudi Arabia in promoting moderation and countering terrorism through the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace in Putrajaya.

Zachary Abuza from the National War College in Washington and an expert on South East Asian conflicts, said he failed to understand why Prime Minister Najib Razak is partnering with Riyadh, which is known for its spread of Wahhabism – which he described as an “intolerant version of Islam”.
He explained that the Saudis have been spreading Wahhabism throughout the world especially Southeast Asia, from a more tolerant brand of Shafi’ite Islam to a more austere version.
Therefore, he considered it “a joke” that Malaysia is reaching out to the Saudis of all countries.
The professor who has done extensive research on terror-related activities as well as the conflicts in southern Thailand and southern Philippines said there is nothing moderate about Saudi Arabia!
It seems that the Muslim World League, an organization heavily funded by the Saudi government to prop up the kingdom’s Islamic image worldwide, is also involved.
MWL has for decades acted as Riyadh’s chief mouthpiece through publication of Islamic materials and financing mosques and Islamic centers from Asia to Europe.
Already, two Wednesdays ago, the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank had issued a report linking MWL to extremist ideologies behind such militant groups as Al Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State (IS), adding that MWL’s associate World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) “has had a long history of involvement with the promotion of violent Islamist extremism and the distribution of hateful literature”.
Endorsing the report, Labour MP Dan Jarvis said it shed light on "very worrying" links between Saudi Arabia and the funding of extremism and he called for the government to release its report on foreign funding.

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But of course the Theresa May government won’t be interested to do anything.
Saudi Arabia is the closest ally to the UK in the Middle East – and having close and lucrative economic and military ties.

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