Updated: Zairil dismisses Obama’s regime change plot in Malaysia through BersihDecember 30, 2017
Zairil Khir Johari, DAP Penang MP dismissed the fuss about Bersih being part of the Barack Obama Asia-Pacific pivot plot to bring regime change in Malaysia as “just conspiracy theory.”
“It is all just conspiracy theory stuff to me,” he said in a reply to WFTV on the accusation by a journalist in the Journal Neo last week.
Zairil said there’s no basis for such direct interference by the US.
“In any case, if they really wanted regime change, they would not have gone to great lengths to protect the identity of “Malaysian Official No.1,” he said.
To recap, an analysis of the failed American “Pivot” in the Asia-Pacific region (including Southeast Asia or SEA) by Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, suggests that the Barack Obama administration had opted for regime change in several SEA nations, including Malaysia.
The article published in the Journal Neo and entitled The Quad: US Searches Edge of Asia for Allies to Contain Beijing paints an eery scenario of what the Asean region should expect from the American derision to defeat China on the global stage.
The article said: “With the US “Pivot” in the Asia-Pacific region, there were various components to the pivot including US efforts to undermine, overthrow, and replace with obedient client regimes the governments of several Asean states including Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia.”
It said the expansion of US “soft power” across the Asean was a part of this component, particularly through the US State Department’s ongoing long-term efforts via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” (YSEALI) launched in 2013.
With regards to Malaysia, the author suggested that Bersih 2.0 was an American funded organisation which had for aim the overthrow of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s regime, but conceded that the mission is yet to be accomplished.
Cartalucci said these efforts have so-far failed, with only limited success in placing a US client regime in power in Myanmar in the form of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
“Understanding that the US “pivot” was meant to co-opt and coerce Southeast Asia into forming a united front aimed at containing China’s economic, diplomatic, and military rise in the region in order to preserve and perhaps even expand US primacy in Asia Pacific, helps explain why it ultimately failed, and goes far in explaining what the Quad is and why it is being so eagerly promoted,” wrote Cartalucci.
The Pivot’s Failure and Declining American Power
Southeast Asia, through the supranational Association of Southeast Asian Nations resisted attempts by Washington to realign regional policy to suit US interests at the cost of ASEAN’s growing ties with Beijing, he said.
But now, the Donald Trump regime is coming with the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad). What are its aims? And how will it impact the Asean region?
The portal said there has been a recent buzz promoted around the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) – a coalition of sorts counting the United States, India, Australia, and Japan as members.
Promoted by familiar corporate-financier funded policy think thanks, the Quad is being portrayed as a step past Washington’s ill-fated “pivot to Asia” to address its waning power in the (Asia-Pacific) region.
This was felt to be necessary by the Americans and by Obama in order to preserve and perhaps even expand US primacy in Asia Pacific.
But the plan failed, well before Trump came to power. This article explains why the US “pivot” ultimately failed, and how this go as far in explaining what the Quad is and why it is being so eagerly promoted.
Tony Cartalucci is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook” where this article was originally published.