Turkey's Prime Minister Gul is seen as an Islamist in his home country, and a regular target of criticism from Islamophobes in Turkey and the EU.
In responding to critics of his religious agenda, he gives the Turkish people and the EU an assurance...
Turkey CANNOT be like Malaysia... or Iran.1. Malaysia has become an example of what NOT to be.
Pak Lah was right you know. Malaysia has become an example for Muslim countries. Like the smelly homeless chap holding the tin cup, that mothers warn their schoolchildren about if they don't study hard... we've become a bad example.
And coming from what is really the only other 'democratic progressive' country with a Muslim majority (besides perhaps Indonesia) and the fact the Gul's presidency was on the back of a conservative religious ticket, this dubious honour is doubly harsh.
2. It draws a parallel between Malaysia and Iran, in terms of UNattractiveness.
And if that is not an utterly damning statement of Malaysia's reputation (or disrepute), I don't what is.
Read these articles from Turkish newspapers :
- Gül: Should Headscarved Women Stay at Home? (Bianet)
- Turkey would never turn into another Malaysia (Sabah)
And also Lim Kit Siang's blog which clued me in on to this.