Double standards

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 March, 1999, 12:00am

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is continuing his 'blistering attack' on foreigners (report, Page 13, South China Morning Post, March 23), telling us how the West is seeking to 'dominate and exploit' his country.

Exactly why he feels this way is not clear. He seems to be quick to blame foreign intervention for his country's problems, whether it makes sense or not.

In the past we have heard his attacks on Jews, international financiers, currency traders - why not blame the entire Western world? And on the same page, we find a separate article about US and Australian health experts flying into Malaysia to help fight the deadly outbreak of the Japanese encephalitis virus.

Perhaps it is a good thing for the people of Malaysia that many Westerners are dismissing Dr Mahathir's credibility, otherwise foreign help might not be so forthcoming. Or would Dr Mahathir prefer the West not to intervene in this matter? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED