While on a speaking engagement in Malaysia organized by "Success Resources Company", former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the object of an articulate protest movement demanding his indictment for war crimes. This was no ordinary protest. Tony Blair has been accused of war crimes in a legal initiative led by the country's former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
While on a speaking engagement in Malaysia organized by "Success
Resources Company", former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the
object of an articulate protest movement demanding his indictment for
This was no ordinary protest. Tony Blair has been
accused of war crimes in a legal initiative led by the country's former
Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
A War Crimes Tribunal as
well as a War Crimes Commission were set up integrated by renowned
jurists. Documentary evidence of war crimes committed by Blair and Bush
has been carefully compiled and collected since 2006. The prosecution is
led by several of Malaysia's most prominent lawyers.
in a public statement "expressed disgust at the companies that had
sponsored Blair's visit here. 'How can you sponsor and get advice from a
liar? Do you also intend to lie in carrying out your business?' he
asked." (Thousands Of Slippers To 'Greet' Tony Blair In Malaysia, April
Rather than mingling with delegates to the venue, Blair
was hiding in the VIP lounge of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center,
surrounded by British and Malaysian security personnel. Upon entering
the main convention hall, Tony Blair was very close to being served with
an indictment for war crimes:
Acting Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur War
Crimes Commission, Mr. Zainur Zakaria, Chief Prosecutor of the War
Crimes Commission, Mr. Matthias Chang [barrister], two members of the
Perdana Global Peace Organisation, Mr. Ram Karthigasu and Mr.
Christopher Chang, a representative of the Malaysian Kwong Siew
Association (one of the largest Chinese clan association) and two
representatives of the Iraq Community in Malaysia evaded the security by
registering themselves as delegates.
At 8.30 am, members of NGOs
gathered at the entrance of the convention center to protest against the
visit of war criminal Blair. Undercover teams were dispatched to the
three separate entrances to confront and attempt to serve the war crimes
indictment on Blair. But he could not be seen entering the convention
He had entered surreptitiously and was hiding in a VIP
room just above the convention hall where the function was held. His
original schedule was 10.00am this morning. But organisers issued
statements that no schedule is available.
British and Malaysian
security officers were seen patrolling the corridors and had identified
the seven delegates who were waiting for Blair. They kept a close watch
on the delegates. Mind games began when rumours were spread that Blair
would not be speaking today. Hints were given that Blair would be
speaking on Sunday in the hope that the seven delegates would abandon
At 11.25am, the seven delegates discovered that Blair
was hiding in the VIP room just above the convention hall. They took
their positions, with three members tasked with taking photographs.
11.30am Blair and his team of goons descended from the VIP room and
walked towards the VIP entrance of the convention hall.
Matthias Chang and Mr. Zainur Zakaria rushed forward to serve the
indictment, while the Iraqi representatives loudly denounced Blair ?
"mass murderer, war criminal, shame on you," repeatedly. Blair was
obviously unsettled and put on an embarrassed smile.
Chang and Mr. Zainur Zakaria were prevented from handing the indictment
to Blair by over 30 British and Malaysian security personnel. Both of
them denounced Blair within earshot, "War criminal, shame on you! Mass
Mr. Zainur Zakaria also shouted at the Malaysian
security personnel, "Why are you protecting a war criminal?" The
security officers could only respond with a silly expression.
arrogantly told the Chilcot Inquiry in London that he had no regrets
for invading Iraq notwithstanding there were no WMDs, Blair displayed
cowardice in the face of only seven delegates.
The Kuala Lumpur
War Crimes Commission stated that this is only the beginning of a global
campaign to ostracise war criminals like Blair and Bush and urge people
the world over to adopt similar campaigns against Bush and Blair.
these unfolding events have been acknowledged by the Malaysian press,
Tony Blair's visit to Malaysia has passed virtually unnoticed in the
United Kingdom. In fact, outside of Malaysia, the issue has not received
Deafening silence and complicity of the British
media? One would expect that people in Britain would want to know what
happened to Tony Blair in Kuala Lumpur.
Chossudovsky has taught as visiting professor at academic institutions in Western Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia, has acted as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has worked as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Development Bank, the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (AIEDEP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). In 1999, Chossudovsky joined the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research as an adviser.
Chossudovsky is past president of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is a member of research organisations that include the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the Geopolitical Drug Watch (OGD) (Paris)and the International People's Health Council (IPHC).
He is an active member of the anti-war movement in Canada, and has written extensively on the war in Yugoslavia. After the September 11 terrorist attacks he has also been involved in highlighting the historical relationship between the US government, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique, Third World Resurgence and Covert Action Quarterly. His publications have been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest book is titled America's "War on Terrorism".
He is editor for the Centre for Research on Globalization, which operates a website at globalresearch.ca. The Centre for Research on Globalization states to be "committed to curbing the tide of "globalisation" and "disarming" the New world order".