Mahathir comments ignorant

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 October, 1997, 12:00am

Malaysia's prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, recently made comments about a Jewish 'agenda' against Malaysia and Muslim people in general.

The Jewish people have been needlessly persecuted for more than 1,000 years and Dr Mahathir's comments reflect a sheer ignorance of history and its lessons.

The mask of a so-called 'civilised' nation has come crashing down. Blaming one group for his country's woes and running away from his responsibilities is the most cowardly thing we have seen a statesman do in recent years.

We recommend that Dr Mahathir visits such historical sites as Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen or Buchenwald, which emerged from the actions of people who blamed 'the Jews' for everything and the shameful fact that there were not enough voices to speak out against them.