When Kevin Rudd visited Malaysia not too long ago, he adhered to protocol to not pay Anwar a visit, which is fine really. 1 day, one may not have enough time so on and so forth... he went one step further to proclaim Malaysia's democracy alive and kicking.....
That got many riled up. My friend sent me this article which I think makes fair reading into why Rudd make that statement.... HERE.
But for Mr Rudd to praise Malaysia's democracy as vibrant for the way it has handled its democratic transition takes the cake.
Malaysia was neither a dictatorship nor a totalitarian state from which to transit to democracy.
Rather, it is widely perceived that Malaysia is now headed the other way - from a democracy to feudalism characterised by patronage.
Mr Rudd must never forget that a nation that jails innocent people is hardly a vibrant democracy.....
So why is Mr Rudd so keen on ties with Malaysia's unsteady leadership?
The realpolitik has much to do with getting Malaysia's endorsement for Australia's bid to get a rotating seat in the UN Security Council.
Mr Rudd also seeks Malaysian acceptance of Canberra in the East Asian Economic Caucus, which Kuala Lumpur has always opposed for geographical and cultural reasons.
JOOSE? Maybe? Thanks Vince for the article.