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THE BASH STREET KIDS


The nation-builder press, April 17, 2004

Why are the Americans determined to put Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir behind bars? He has repeatedly denied links to Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and was only jailed for immigration offences. He was due to be released April 30. And why are the Americans, Malaysian and $ingapore governments not interested in the next item...

WHY NO ARREST FOR THE BLACK MARKETEER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS?



The nation-builder press, Feb 10, 2004



The nation-builder press, March 4, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said: "The whole thing is over already." He was referring to US accusations that a Malaysian permanent resident Bukary Syed Abu Tahir was manufacturing nuclear bomb components with a Malaysian company directly linked to PM Abdullah Badawi's son, Kamaluddin.

Although Malaysian police have published a report that confirms Mr Tahir was sending the parts to Libya, the police did not arrest him. Tahir is a Sri Lankan citizen married to a Malaysian.


THE $INGAPORE-BASED COMPANY


A $ingapore company was also supplying parts to the nuclear black market. The company was Bikar Metal Asia Pte Ltd. They have said they were unaware their parts were meant for a nuclear weapons ring. The only account of this $ingapore connection is in the Asian Wall Street Journal. No $ingapore paper carried a comprehensive report on Bikar Metal. But we get plenty of reports on Abu Bakar Bashir.


The Asian Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2004

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OVER AND OVER AGAIN



The nation-builder press, March 4, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said: "The whole thing is over already." He was referring to US accusations that a Malaysian permanent resident Bukary Syed Abu Tahir was manufacturing nuclear bomb components with a Malaysian company directly linked to PM Abdullah Badawi's son, Kamaluddin.

Although Malaysian police have published a report that confirms Mr Tahir was sending the parts to Libya, the police did not arrest him. Tahir is a Sri Lankan citizen married to a Malaysian.



The nation-builder press, March 8, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia used the Internal Security Act to arrest six Indonesians they claimed were "terrorists." And people who make nuclear bombs are not?

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MALAYSIA'S ROAD TO REFORMASI


When Malaysia named names and charged VIPs and even a minister for corruption, it came almost at the same time US intelligence agents were getting ready to announce a key Malaysian link in the secret nuclear network operated by a Pakistani scientist. Over the past week, PM Abdullah Badawi’s only son, Kamaluddin, found out that a company he controlled was named by US intelligence as the manufacturer of centrifuge parts for the nuclear black market. Below is how the revelation came about:

WHAT U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH SAID


These are the exact words used by President George W Bush when he answered questions after a speech at the National Defense University, Feb 11, 2004:

"To increase their profits, Khan [Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan] and his associates used a factory in Malaysia to manufacture key parts for centrifuges [used for enriching uranium for nuclear bombs]."

President Bush clearly identified the link man in Malaysia:

"Khan’s deputy — a man named BSA Tahir — ran SMB computers, a business in Dubai. Tahir used that computer company as a front for the proliferation activities of the A Q Khan network. Tahir acted as both the network’s chief financial officer and money launderer. He was also its shipping agent, using his computer firm as cover for the movement of centrifuge parts to various clients. Tahir directed the Malaysia facility to produce these parts based on Pakistani designs, and then ordered the facility to ship the components to Dubai. Tahir also arranged for parts acquired by other European procurement agents to transit through Dubai for shipment to other customers."

President Bush did not let up on pinpointing the Malaysian connection:

"Mr Tahir is in Malaysia, where authorities are investigating his activities. Malaysian authorities have assured us that the factory the network used is no longer producing centrifuge parts. Other members of the network remain at large…As a result of our penetration of the network, American and the British intelligence identified the shipment of advanced centrifuge parts manufactured at the Malaysian facility. We followed the shipment of these parts to Dubai, and watched as they were transferred to the BBC China, a German-owned ship. After the ship passed through the Suez Canal, bound for Libya, it was stopped…"

Briefly, President Bush has

- fingered Bukary Syed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan staying in Kuala Lumpur, as a deputy of Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan.

- Tahir is said to be Khan’s chief financial officer and the coordinator of the manufacture and distribution of various components that can make a nuclear bomb.

- The name of the alleged factory, Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd, was found on the boxes that contained the centrifuge parts found on the BBC China, a German-owned cargo ship.

- Scomi is a company based in Malaysia and part of the Scomi Group. The man who owns the controlling stake in Scomi Group is Mr Kamaludin Abdullah, the 35-year-old son of PM Abdullah Badawi.

The reaction in Malaysia was like this: Scomi has admitted making the parts but have said they were unaware of its final destination. They thought the parts were to be used for oil and gas industries. A company in $ingapore who supplied parts to Scomi have made the same plea of ignorance.

On Feb 20, 2004, Malaysian police, after denying for two weeks any wrongdoing in Malaysia, released a report that agreed with President Bush that indeed Tahir "had known that the centrifuge components manufactured by Scomi Precise Engineering (Scope) were destined for use in Libya's uranium enrichment programme".

However, no one in Malaysia has been arrested.

Here are three ironies worth noting:

- President Bush is the same man who compiled a thick dossier of "evidence" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The "evidence" was claimed to be detailed and accurate. Those weapons have not been found nine months after the war ended.

- Malaysia used the Internal Security Act against Malaysians whom US intelligence claimed were part of a terror network called the Jemaah Islamiah [JI]. Many allegations have been made against the detainees but none of the charges and claims have been proven in court. However, about 90 Malaysians remain in detention.

- The US has now uncovered a nuclear proliferation ring within Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led war against Iraq. The US invaded Iraq because they said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. But they didn’t. Instead their ally, Pakistan, had a secret ring selling nuclear secrets. The president of Pakistan has decided to pardon the alleged ring leader, Prof AQ Khan, the country’s leading nuclear scientist.

This is our fave clip of the ISA detentions so far:



The nation-builder press, Jan 28, 2004.

Yazid Sufaat was arrested in December 2001, about the same time $ingapore began arresting $ingaporeans alleged to be members of JI. In the above report, US and Malaysian security officials after two years now claim Yazid was the man running Osama Bin Laden’s "chemical and biological weapons program". These claims remain unproven.


When asked if the US were interested in interrogating Yazid, this is what the Malaysian Foreign Minister Syd Hamid Albar said: "We are always ready to cooperate with any quarter in helping combat international terrorism."

Ninety Malaysians are under ISA detention for being alleged members of JI but Bukary Syed Abu Tahir, an alleged member of a nuclear proliferation ring, remains free while Pakistan has pardoned the alleged nuclear ringleader Prof AQ Khan. What’s going on?

More here:

Police: Tahir knew Scope's parts destined for Libya
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/2004022000114144.php

Probe Scope independently call from DAP, PAS
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/2004022100114158.php

Read Yazid’s story here
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200204130015245.php




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