Last year I wrote a post (link here) about the growing friendship between Malaysia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Bearing these past developments in mind, more recent happenings of Malaysian-Iranian dealings (and the possible consequences) cannot be too terribly surprising.
The news from al-Reuters:
Iran signs $16 billion prelim LNG deal with Malaysia
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran and Malaysia's SKS have signed a $16 billion preliminary deal to develop Iran's southern Golshan and Ferdos gas fields and build plants to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG), state television reported on Sunday.
"The preliminary agreement to develop the fields was signed with Malaysia's SKS," Gholamhossein Nozari, head of National Iranian Oil Company(NIOC) told state television.
"This contract includes $16 billion investment and will take 25 years to complete" he told semi-official Mehr news agency.
He said SKS would have a 50 percent share of the produced LNG.
$16 billion dollars is some serious money. The mullahs in Teheran, not to mention the Fuhrer-in-waiting himself, have to be really pleased with this turn of events.
Meanwhile, the largest trading partner of Malaysia, the United States, is most definitely not pleased. So unpleased, that the US is threatening to scrap the ongoing Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Kuala Lumpur if the Malaysians do not renege on the deal.
However, Malaysia is standing firmly by their Iranian friends.
KEPALA BATAS: Malaysia will not bow to any pressure from the United States to stop its US$16bil (RM57bil) energy deal with Iran.
"We are a sovereign nation and we reserve the right to foster ties with any country to protect our interests," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He was responding to the US threat to suspend free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Malaysia over the matter.
I can assure the alleged 'moderate' Malaysian Prime Minister that the US, another 'sovereign nation', also has the right to protect its own interests. If that means giving their supposed allies in Malaysia the shaft, so be it.
Clearly, the US is better off not having an FTA with Malaysia or any other Muslim state. An FTA with any Muslim government can only increase Muslim power, money and influence within Dar-al Harb, and would be used as a Trojan Horse for the jihadists of the world. This must be avoided at all costs.
Malaysia may keep quiet, but make no mistake, they are a majority Muslim state; hence they are an implicit threat to all infidels. They would willingly export the Islamic virus anywhere at the slightest opportunity.