"President Barack Obama telephoned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday to congratulate the prime minister on his success in getting the mandate from the people to continue leading Malaysia.The Star reported.
In the surprise call, Obama expressed his understanding and acceptance of the process and results of the country's recently-concluded GE13.
In a statement issued here Tuesday, the Prime Minister's Office said that during the conversation, the US president was also briefed on the Government's efforts to ensure the clean and fair process of the elections.
It said that on his part, Obama had agreed to participate in the two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, beginning Oct 11.
"Malaysia and the United States will continue to strengthen bilateral relations through regional and international cooperation," said the statement.
Let's go back in time a bit for some parallels.
In 2000, when the youngest of first time Malaysian voters were about 9 years old and too young to remember, many Malaysians like yours truly were glued to the TV watching the epic US elections results unfolding and many like me were rooting for the Republican presidential candidate, a certain George W Bush.
Malaysians then, were hoping the Democratic candidate, Al Gore, would get his comeuppance for his kurang ajar "reformasi" outburst at the APEC meeting hosted by Malaysia earlier in 1998.
A Time Magazine report,
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Who's afraid of a little blowback? Not Al Gore. "That is the American message and I am proud to deliver it here and anywhere I go," he told reporters after New Zealand, Singapore and China joined Malaysia in needling the veep for bringing politics to a summit that's supposed to be all business. "APEC is an economic forum," said New Zealand's Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, whose country will host next year's summit. "Clearly there are some pressing bilateral issues that countries want to raise here in Malaysia, but it should not be at the expense of APEC."George Bush won the presidency in the Supreme Court and as it turned out Al Gore lost even though he carried the popular vote.
TIME Washington correspondent Jef McAllister says Gore's critics shouldn't forget that his salute to "reformasi" Monday was plenty grounded in economic policy. It was Anwar's chumminess with the IMF that got him in trouble, he says, and it's Mahathir's nose-thumbing capital controls, not his long-time thuggery, that have the U.S. so riled. And notice that Mahathir's Asian counterparts were careful to stick up for APEC -- not Mahathir. "He's isolated himself so much from the rest of the region," says McAllister, "that the U.S. really doesn't have much to worry about."
It also turned out George W Bush has been accused of genocide in the US war against Iraq two years later.
Fast track to the present, troublemaker Anwar Ibrahim and his cohorts intend to take the law into their own hands to circumvent results of GE 13, making a mockery of the democratic process when recourse exists to challenge an election result in a court of law under Article 38 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
It is clear that the US has recognised and endorsed that the democratic process in Malaysia as legitimate and there is no UBAH or change in the US-Malaysia relations as a result of GE 13.
Contrived protests aside, opposition supporters most especially from the massive fraud laden party polls party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat or ironically Justice Party, are wishing the courts will provide the UBAH they seek.
God forbid, should the election result be redressed by the election court, spare a thought and be careful for what you wish.
Just like in the 2000 US presidential election when the president was decided by the courts, remember what the winner turned out to be - a genocidal maniac. Moot perhaps, a maniac no less.