BG: Is Rais going to sue FBI Director?
By Lim Kit Siang
3/2/2002 10:56 am Sun
Media Statement by DAP National Chairman Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on
Saturday, 2nd February 2002:
DAP calls for White Paper on KMM, Jemaah Islamiah and al Qaeda in Malaysia
and whether FBI is spearheading an international conspiracy to besmirch
Malaysia as a "haven of terrorism"
On the contrary, there appears to be a burst of the floodgates and Malaysia
is awash with international media reports linking the country to the
September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States despite strenuous
denials by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and other
The spate of adverse international media reports started on Monday with the
Newsweek story citing a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) report that
Malaysia was a launchpad for the Sept 11 terror attacks on the United States.
This was followed with a USA TODAY of 30th January 2002 report also
quoting the FBI as describing Malaysia as ''one of the primary
operational launch pads'' for the September 11 terrorist attacks as
"Preparations for the September 11 attacks on the United States took place
in Kuala Lumpur" and that US leaders "increasingly see Malaysia as a key
front in the war on terrorism".
The next day, the NEW YORKS TIMES of 31st January 2002 under the headline
"Suspect calls Malaysia a Staging Area for Terror Attacks" reported that the
United States Government is negotiating with the Malaysian Government to
extradite Yazid Sufaat, 37, the former army captain detained in Kedah on
December 9 last year and one of the 23 held under the Internal Security
Act for allegedly being involved in the second militant wing of KMM.
The New York Times quoted Bush Administration officials as describing Sufaat
as "an operative of al Qaeda" who "appeared to have operated as a paymaster
for (Zacarias) Moussaoui ", French national of Moroccan descent and the
only man charged so far in connection with the Sept 11 attacks.
So far, these American media reports cited secret FBI reports and faceless
and nameless "US Administration officials" but the Washington Post of
February 1, 2002 has intensified the international pressure on Malaysia when
it quoted FBI Director Robert Mueller III himself as saying that FBI
investigators believe the September 11 terror attacks on New York and the
Pentagon were planned in part by al Qaeda operatives in Malaysia.
The Washington Post report under the heading "FBI Says Malaysia Was Site of
Sept. 11 Planning" said:
"FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said yesterday that investigators
believe the Sept. 11 terror attacks were planned in part by al Qaeda
operatives in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim nation whose connection to
the plot has only recently emerged.
"Mueller and other US officials have indicated, since shortly after
September 11, that much of the planning for the deadly jetliner assaults
took place in Germany, where three of the hijackers lived, with help from
operatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
"But Mueller said yesterday that some of the planning also occurred in
Malaysia. It was the clearest signal yet from a US official that the Asian
nation is emerging as a focus of efforts to unravel the hijacking plot and
thwart future attacks.
"Other Bush administration officials said this week that investigators had
found evidence that a retired Malaysian soldier, Yazid Sufaat, provided
$35,000 in Kuala Lumpur in the fall of 2000 to Zacarias Moussaoui, a
French national who was detained in Minnesota last August and who has been
charged in Alexandria with conspiring with the September 11 hijackers.
"US officials also believe Sufaat met with two of the September 11 hijackers
in January 2000, sources said. The United States is debating whether to
extradite Sufaat, one of two dozen alleged Muslim extremists who have been
detained by Malaysian police.
"Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said this week there was no
Malaysian connection with the September 11 attacks."
Is Rais Yatim now considering not only initiating legal action against
international magazines, but also the FBI Director, Robert Mueller III, for
The government should not delay any further to issue a White Paper on
Kumpulan Militant Malaysia (KMM), Jemaah Islamiah and al Qaeda in Malaysia -
to answer the teeming questions in the minds of Malaysians and to salvage
Malaysia's international credibility. It is intolerable that every day the
international media are awash with reports about al-Qaeda operatives and
links in Malaysia while the Malaysian media itself full of reports of
government denials that there are al Qaeda operatives and links in the country.
It is in the national interest that this international credibility gap
afflicting Malaysia which had suddenly surfaced concerning al-Qaeda
operatives and links in the country should be resolved satisfactorily
immediately, if it is not to further undermine international confidence in
Malaysia's economic future.
The White Paper should also deal with the question as to whether the FBI is
spearheading an international conspiracy to besmirch Malaysia as a "haven of
It is most regrettable that the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian
Mai, had not acted on the DAP proposal that he should give a full briefing
to all political parties on the threat of terrorism to Malaysia's security,
which is not helpful in helping to resolve the national and international
credibility crisis confronting the Malaysian government and security
- Lim Kit Siang -