The former 'president for life' in Indonesia, the Butcher of Jakarta, the corrupt and brutal Suharto (who in true 'nesian fashion made do with just the one name) is now at last at room temperature.
Here in fair Malaysia, the passing of the tyrant is being noted with sadness, at least officially. Local (government-controlled) media has described the 'nesian dictator's death as the "losing of a great friend of Malaysia" or words to that effect. And contributing to the local caterwauling is Malaysia's own Suharto-wannabe, good ole' Doctor M, is saying thusly:
Another Suharto contemporary, Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad, hailed him as a "great leader and an international statesman," saying reports he had orchestrated the bloodletting of 1965 were "absolute nonsense".
The 1965 bloodletting that Doc M so vehemently denies on behalf of his peer is a wave of anti-Chinese ethnic cleansing, ordered by Suharto, that cost the lives of between 500,000 and 1 million. Real nice fella, this Suharto bloke, wasn't he?
Of course, Doc M should not forget to deny the Suharto-ordered, unprovoked, and unilateral invasion slash occupation of East Timor in 1975, an event that killed at least 200,000 people. But I digress.
Funny thing how most of Malaysia's best friends turn out to be thugs and tyrants like Hamas of 'Palestine', Mugabe of Zimbabwe, or Cuba's Castro. Great company that Malaysia keeps, isn't it?
But then again, we all know that UMNO-owned Malaysia is not now, nor has it ever been, anything resembling real democracy.