Lobbying Against Pakistan

Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy's recent article on the cordial relations
between Pakistan and Malaysia is a part of a malicious anti-Pakistan
propaganda being passed out by Indian diplomat lobbies.

By Syed Fawad Ali Shah | February 2020

A few days ago I came across an article at http://www.MalaysiaKini.com. Written by Ramasamy Palanisamy, the article is basically a political satire. Ignoring the fundamentals of economics, the political acumen of Mr. Palanisamy seems to be flawed as he miserably fails to ascertain whether he was making a political commentary or writing an economic epilogue.

Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy Palanisamy is a Malaysian politician who is currently the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of Penang. He is also the former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Batu Kawan constituency, and currently represents the seat of Perai in the Penang State Legislative Assembly since 2008.

In its beginning, the article makes a sweeping statement. It says, "... there is nothing to suggest that Pakistan has the money, the population, or the internal demand to offset the loss in the Indian Market.”

One wonders even a person with a little IQ cannot overlook a country which has the world's 5th biggest population, with most of them being young people.

As it appears, Mr. Palanisamy is obsessed with population figures of India and underestimates a country like Pakistan with a population of over 220 million.

Pakistan has the 24th largest economy in the world in terms of the country’s purchasing power parity (PPP), and ranks as the world’s 42nd largest economy on the basis of its nominal gross domestic product. Thus, questioning the country’s internal demand is immature and Mr. Palanisamy should not have played down the socio-economic significance of Pakistan.

He goes to the extent of portraying Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad as a person with a vendetta. Ramasamy Palanisamy says, for instance, "Mahathir has not forgiven Imran for stabbing him in the back for his last minute withdrawal from Kuala Lumpur Summit."

Once again, one doubts the author’s familiarity with the dynamics of international politics where there are no permanent friends or foes and nations tend to form alliances with other countries on the basis of vested interests and give-and-take modus operandi.

The rationality suggests that an ‘angry’ Mahathir would not have invited Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan at all and that too on an official visit. I believe the writer Ramasamy Palanisamy should avoid making a generalised statement on the matters of international politics.

To make things worse, Mr. Palanisamy makes rather slanderous remarks about Pakistan by saying "Pakistan cannot increase its demand overnight to counter-balance the loss of export from India.” He says "Pakistan is a financially indebted country to IMF loans, grants from Saudi Arabia and other donors. The country’s foreign debt is about US110 billion and is mainly from the borrowings from international donor agencies such as the IMF.”

Again, Mr. Palanisamy shows his lack of understanding that a country goes to the IMF or to other international monetary bodies to sustain and stabilize its economy. It does not mean that a nation looking for the IMF is financially bankrupt, knowing the fact that the IMF, the World Bank and or other monetary institution never extends its loan facility to bankrupt states. Pakistan has opted for the IMF and other lenders just for a limited period, not for time immemorial. Without citing any facts and figures, how can one be so sure that Pakistan could never be able to increase its demand for palm oil?

The overall article by Ramasamy Palanisamy seems to be heavily obsessed with India's so-called economic hegemony over Pakistan. Unfortunately, he fails to answer why Dr Mahathir, besides criticizing a recent wave of anti-Muslim legislations in India, has continuously been backing Pakistan on the Kashmir issue?

One hopes the writer Mr. Ramasamy Palanisamy will try to remain neutral and objective when writing about such matters. I waited for a few days to see a befitting reply from the Pakistan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for Mr. Palanisamy’s biased article, but to no avail. It looks to me that some blind people are working at the High Commission as they often fail to take notice of such anti-Pakistan propaganda being passed around in the name of objective reporting and analysis.

The writer is a senior journalist and can be reached at pmpk55@
hotmail.com

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