US asks Malaysia to allow freedom of expression

Discussion in 'Dashken' started by Dashken, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    What can the US do? Bomb Malaysia if they don't listen? :think:
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, the US government can pressure US companies to do business elsewhere. Like it or not, US has invested heavily in Malaysia. If companies like Intel and AMD pull out their factories, there will be hell to pay. :think:

    It won't take much to convince them anyway. Many companies are already moving to countries with cheaper labour and fewer restrictions, like Cambodia and Vietnam. At the end of the day, only we stand to lose.

    Then again, US is pretty weak now, being bankrupted by the war against terrorism, and one against insurgents in Iraq. With a recession looming, and the US dollar falling like nobody's business, I'm not sure if they have the political will to exert much influence. Especially when the US presidential elections are coming up.

    On the other hand, as the outgoing President, Bush may want to do something good as his final legacy. Like defend democracy in Malaysia, for example? Also, he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected. :D
  3. The_YongGrand

    The_YongGrand Just Started

    Oh man... the America's been spreading too thin lately because of the war thingy maybe... and those major companies are moving to Vietnam and other possible places too. :wall:

    Then how could America help to solve M'sia's nowadays problem? :)
  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, like I said, "encouraging" companies like Intel and AMD to pull out their factories will sure rattle the nerves of our UMNOputras.

    After all, 2008 is going to be an election year for us as well. You can't win the election if you have just put thousands of your voters out of their jobs.
  5. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    LOL and where did you get that?

    I never even heard of this statement.

    The economy is far from a recession. Stock markets is up and down but has stayed pretty much the same for months (NYSE is still mid 13s - even throughout the start of subprime crap). Even if a recession did happen, compared to other places, it is not felt as much here.

    Government will never intervene with US Businesses or else they would be no different then the lackeys running the Malaysian government. Last I checked Motorola, Intel, and AMD aren't Federal owned. If they move, it will be a sole business decision.

    The war has not bankrupted us. Come on now. To put things into perspective, a LOT of US company's R&D BUDGET is LARGER then Malaysia's GDP. A few years ago, it was Johnson & Johnson's R&D Budget that I saw was bigger then Malaysia's GDP. J&J unfortunately is no where near as big as some US corporations.

    Malaysia's GDP (PPP): $313.2 billion. Per Capita: $12,800. Growth: 5.9%

    US GDP (PPP): $13.06 trillion Per Capita: $43,800. Growth: 2.9%

    Sure money market is money market. Sure we have a huge enlarging deficit.

    But it is still far from being bankrupt. The US is now headed towards a market correction which is usually always cyclical in nature.
  6. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Let me rephrase that. The US government is being bankrupted by the war. Like it or not, it's reflected in the falling value of the dollar. You can read some of it here -

    Pertinent quotes :

    Also, take a look at The Economist, Dec. 1, 2007. Here's a quote :

    And another :

    If I'm not mistaken, the Federal Reserve is going to cut interest rates very soon, if they have not just done so. They wouldn't do that if the economy is booming. TheMiddleEast has a piece on the Gulf nations thinking about dropping their US dollar peg. There was also a piece (I forgot where) about the US asking China not to sell their reserves of the US dollars. If I remember correctly, the Chinese have the largest reserves of US dollars overseas and dropping the dollar would literally pull the rug from beneath the dollar.

    But I agree that unlike Malaysia, the US does not generally interfere in the businesses. That is a GOOD thing because even as the US incurs debt over Iraq and Afghanistan, US companies are generally unaffected, except by the sliding dollar.

    However, this does not mean the government will not and does not covertly or overtly influence companies not to do business in certain regions. Of course, except for sanctions on countries like Iran and Cuba, I'm not privy to secret dealings of the US government. :haha:

    In any case, this really isn't about the US economy. A recession in the US is BAD for everyone. Especially for us, since US is our biggest trading partner. Right now, we are only being propped up by high oil prices. A recession in the US could wipe out that advantage and devastate the local economy.

    Anyway, like I mentioned above, it is making business sense for US companies to move operations AWAY from Malaysia. We are losing competitiveness. It won't require the US government's intervention for companies to move at least some operations away. In fact, this is already happening.

    The Malaysian government has been crowing about achieving a 6% growth and low inflation (3%?) but it's all a farce. The growth is only being sustained by high oil prices, and everyone knows that the real inflation is closer to 10-20%.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2007
  7. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    While I never said that the Bush Policy is being a good spender (Alan Greenspan speaks out greatly against the Administration's poor practices).

    And if you note in my post, the trade deficit has existed for the longest times. We just have to realize that we are no longer a producing nation but should shift towards the service sector more (unfortunately national pride - buy American is still strong).

    Like I said the market needs a correction (a.k.a federal reserve coming in to stimulate the market) to fix this credit problem. Some people don't realize that this is a multi faceted problem. The issue is that homes in the US have been in a bubble for a long time. The bubble is bursting which will ultimately lead to lower prices and a market rebound for people waiting for the dust to clear.

    But still it is a far cry from bankruptcy. I don't really like the deficit, and its a big issue but the US is still in a position to maintain its status quo in the global economy regardless of the position of stronger currencies like the euro.
  8. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, the issue really isn't about the Bush policy on spending although like I said, fortunately, the government does not control the businesses. Otherwise, Bush would have run them into the ground. :mrgreen:

    Coming back to topic, do you think the US government will have any clout on the issue? Would they even do anything? :think:
  9. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    In all honesty, I really doubt it. There are other 'bigger' issues for them to 'police' I guess like the West Bank, Myanmmars Junta (which doesn't really get too much in itself) and not to mention the wars and our own internal issues. Malaysia in all honesty pales in comparison to some of the other places in the world that has trully gone south.
  10. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. I would agree. Bush has bigger things to fry, literally. :haha: :think:

    But at least they did issue a statement on the lack of freedom in Malaysia. That stands as a blemish in Badawi's lacklustre record.
  11. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Yeah, I mean crap is crap regardless of magnitude. I personally can't stand all of the crap that goes on there so I went 'home'... :mrgreen:
  12. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    I wish I could go 'home' too. :|
  13. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Home is where the heart is... :mrgreen:
  14. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    We must prepare to move... :mrgreen:
  15. The_YongGrand

    The_YongGrand Just Started

    Let's hope the Intel, AMD and the other electronics firm (and the many other pharmaceutical firms too) not move - if they move, it'll spell VERY big trouble.

    Uuuh... first of all, gotta plan. Well, moving isn't low-cost task! :faint: :faint:
  16. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    My heart is definitely not 'here'.

    I think we can consider 'jumping aeroplane'? :mrgreen: :clap: :thumb:
  17. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, many companies have already started to move some ops over to countries like Vietnam... :think:
  18. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. Well, it's easy for you to move. Very hard for me. :mad:

    It will be a really big sacrifice, but I think it could be a real possibility.... I would really miss the food, friends and family. :(
  19. The_YongGrand

    The_YongGrand Just Started

    Hmn... well you can write down the recepies for the food... and bring your friends and family along too! :)
  20. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    That won't be a problem, IF MONEY wasn't an issue. :mrgreen:

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