Open Letter to Barack Hussein
President-elect of the United States of America
by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former
Prime Minister of Malaysia
January 1, 2009
Dear Mr. President,
I did not vote for you in the Presidential
Election because I am Malaysian.
But I consider myself one of your constituents
because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.
I welcome your promise for change. Certainly
your country, the United States of America needs a lot of changes.
That is because America and Americans
have become the most hated people in the world. Even Europeans
dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because
you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.
It is the custom on New Year's day for
people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions
already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do
the following in pursuit of Change.
1) Stop killing people. The United States
is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives.
You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers
fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary
innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries
will be devastated.
War is primitive, the cavemen's way of
dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning
for future wars.
2) Stop indiscriminate support of Israeli
killers with your money and your weapons. The planes and the bombs
killing the people of Gaza are from you.
3) Stop applying sanctions against countries
which cannot do the same against you.
In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000
children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were
What have you achieved with this cruelty?
Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.
4) Stop your scientists and researchers
from inventing new and more diabolical weapons to kill more people
5) Stop your arms manufacturers from producing
them. Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money
that you earn. It is un-Christian.
6) Stop trying to democratize all the
countries of the world. Democracy may work for the United States
but it does not always work for other countries.
Don't kill people because they are not
democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more
people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew.
And you have not succeeded anyway.
7) Stop the casinos which you call financial
institutions. Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading.
Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions.
Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail
the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.
8) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and other international
9) Show respect for the United Nations.
I have many other resolutions for change
which I think you should consider and undertake.
But I think you have enough on your plate
for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.
If you can do only a few of what I suggest,
you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the
United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies
will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils
that surround them.
May I wish you a Happy New Year and a
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad