12 December, 2010
Several Singapore diplomats have expressed a poor opinion of some Asian leaders, according to confidential US diplomatic cables quoted by an Australian news report on Sunday.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said it received copies of diplomatic messages from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, including controversial comments by Singapore top officials on Malaysia, Thailand and other Asian nations.
In one of the cables, which could not be accessed online for verification, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bilahari Kausikan in September 2008 supposedly told a US diplomat that "a lack of competent leadership is a real problem for Malaysia."
"The situation in neighbouring Malaysia is confused and dangerous," and there was a "distinct possibility of racial conflict" that could see ethnic Chinese flee Malaysia and "overwhelm" Singapore, the newspaper quoted him as saying.
In March 2008, then foreign affairs permanent secretary Peter Ho described Najib Razak, now Malaysia's prime minister, as "an opportunist," said the report.
"Although he (Razak) has not been critical of Singapore, he will not hesitate to go in that direction if it is expedient for him to do so," Ho reportedly said of Malaysia's current leader.
In a cable dated September 2008, Kausikan supposedly labelled former Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as "corrupt," along with "everyone else, including the opposition."
Meanwhile, according to Wikileaks, the Aussies and the kiasu Singaporeans knew about Dr Anwar and Saiful all along, about it being a set-up and how Dr Anwar had known that it was an entrapment but didn't - or could not - give a damn.
Malaysia’s improved ties with Singapore could be in jeopardy after the republic’s senior government officials reportedly said “Malaysia’s decline” is fueled by incompetent politicians.