Tim Blair


New Criterion



Saturday, November 23, 2002
MAHATHIR THE MAD's Malaysia deserves more attention as a haven for Islamofascist terrorism.

The latest version of the mastermind of the Bali bombings, Abdul Azis, was on his way there for refuge when captured by Indonesian police.

A key planning meeting for September 11th was held there.

It is the preferred hang-out of Hambali, the regional head of al Quaeda enterprises (Speedy demolitions a specialty) and provided the house next door to Hambali for Bashir the duck when Soeharto wanted him locked up.

Our own Jack Roche went there to make contact with key al Quaeda figures.

But it has very active political police, and its capo is trying to beat the fundamentalists at their own game.

Now that Indonesia seems to be heeding the call to action against terrorism, it's time to call Mahathir's bluff.