I doubt it but it is just too coincidental that 1Israel comes at about
the same time as 1Malaysia.
And APCO was also in Israel at about the same time.
Although I am a muslim, I have no grudge against APCO for proposing
the 1Israel and now the 1Malaysia, as long as the idea is reasonable.
If 1Israel entails cooperation with Palestinians in supporting their
rights, all for the better but if it were to deny Palestinian their
rights, it is another matter. I am beginning to wonder if 1Malaysia
has any hidden agenda.
One Israel was formed by Labor leader Ehud Barak in the run-up to the
1999 elections ....
APCO did work for Israel in the 90s
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — APCO's denial that it ever did any work for
the Israeli government has proven untrue as a Straits Times report
revealed that filings with the US Justice Department show otherwise.
The international public relations firm "entered into an agreement in
1992 to provide services for the Jewish state.
"In written queries about the State Department filing, APCO said it
worked with another associate company on a project for the Israel
government at the time."
APCO's deputy managing director B. Jay Cooper said, "The work, which
was primarily in the media area, involved acquiring US government
money for Russian immigrants' housing in Israel."
Cooper went on to explain that APCO "was then owned by Grey Global
"In 2004, APCO did a management buy-out and cut all ownership ties
with the Grey Global Group," he said. "APCO Worldwide, with new
ownership, is today's company."
APCO's own public relations nightmare began when Opposition Leader
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) alleged that the prime minister's 1
Malaysia campaign was APCO's idea and closely mirrors former Israeli
prime minister Ehud Barak's One Israel campaign.
Anwar had suggested that One Israel was conceived by APCO.
The link, while tenuous, could weaken Malay support for Datuk Seri
Najib Razak's administration.
So far, APCO and senior government officials have denied that it has
any links with Israel.
But Anwar, speaking in Parliament yesterday, dropped another bombshell
when he said that APCO's link with the Malaysian government began well
before 1 Malaysia.
Anwar also zeroed in on Asero Worldwide, an APCO associate, that
specialises in homeland security and is headed by Israeli security
Anwar is scared, says Nazri
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (left) claimed today
that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was "panicking" after
he dared the government to suspend him from Parliament if it planned
to continue its support for Zionist Israel.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said that Anwar's
claims were outrageous and showed that the Permatang Pauh MP was
"Why is he panicking? Who said that this matter is an Israeli matter?
We want him to retract that is all. If he does not retract then we
will go ahead. Anyway I don't know what is going to happen to him, I
am just referring him to the disciplinary committee? Why is he scared?
Coward," he told reporters in Parliament.
Last night, Anwar condemned the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration
for its willingness to seek advice from a company linked to "the
murder of the Muslims in Palestine".
The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leader is currently facing the possibility of
suspension over his attack on the government's link with Apco and his
claim that the company was also the brains behind Ehud Barak's One
The government will to refer Anwar to the parliamentary Rights and
Privileges Committee over his inability to provide concrete evidence
to support his allegation that 1 Malaysia was taken from One Israel.
APCO has denied its link with Barak's One Israel and said that the 1
Malaysia initiative was conceived prior to the company's appointment.
However, Singapore's The Straits Times has revealed that filings with
the US Justice Department showed that the international public
relations firm had entered into an agreement to provide services for
Israel in 1992.
The motion to refer Anwar to the Rights and Privileges Committee will
be tabled before the parliament on April 22.