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Senior member of Mahathir’s party calls former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan a “washout”

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Earlier today, supreme council member of Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad’s party Dr Rais Hussin, published a piece on Malaysian media site Malay Mail responding to comments made by retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan. His piece was titled, ‘The implied SM complex of Malaysia: An atypical response to Bilahari Kausikan — Rais Hussin’.

On Sunday, Hussin said that Singapore will get “pain by a thousand cuts” for its position on the maritime dispute with Malaysia. To this, Kausikan commented saying that Hussin’s reaction was very typical. In a Facebook post, he wrote, “Very typical — what they expect is subordination of our interests to their interests”.

https://www.facebook.com/bilahari.kausikan/posts/2256728917917858

“They have not given up, and never will, trying to tame or domesticate (menjinakan) Singapore, because unless they do so, the intrinsic short-comings of a system based on the dominance of a particular race will be highlighted, particularly since we do better with a different system”, Kausikan said in his Facebook post.

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The piece written by Rais directly addresses Kausikan’s post and he started by saying, “Since, Kausikan, by some strange twist of logic, averred that my op-ed, which urged Singapore to be calm, is “atypical” of how Malaysia wants to “domesticate” or “menjinakkan” Singapore, as a Malaysian I am obliged to reply”.

He also added, “He is also a washout precisely because in his rebuttal of Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, the foreign minister of Malaysia, he doesn’t even know all members of the current Malaysian Cabinet do not smoke cigars; unlike the previous ones who did”.

https://theindependent.sg.sg/ho-ching-remarks-to-senior-member-of-mahathirs-party-chill-man/

TISG has reached out to Bilahari Kausikan for comment, and will update with his response.

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