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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Reuters) -- Malaysia and the United States have renewed a military cooperation pact for a further 10 years, putting aside irritants which have bedeviled bilateral ties.


Mainly Muslim Malaysia, currently chair of the Non-Aligned Movement and an opponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq two years ago, has had some problems with Washington over the past decade, but despite this military ties have grown closer.


The new agreement enabled armed forces from the two countries to share logistics and supplies, a follow-up to close military team-work during relief operations for tsunami-hit Asia, the two sides said.


"The (agreement) enhances strong military-to-military cooperation between our two countries," U.S. Ambassador Christopher LaFleur told reporters at a signing ceremony.


Malaysian and U.S. militaries hold annual joint exercises and they cooperated closely in the unprecedented international military relief operation in Indonesia's Aceh province, which bore the brunt of the tsunami that swept Indian Ocean countries on December 26.


U.S. forces used Malaysian air force bases as hubs for ferrying supplies to Aceh, off Malaysia's west coast.


The upturn comes after Malaysian-U.S. relations hit a rough patch in the late 1990s when Washington voiced support for former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, jailed on what he called trumped-up charges after leading anti-government protests.


More recently, diplomatic feathers were ruffled over a U.S. admiral's remarks that were construed as suggesting U.S. forces wanted to help police the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest sea lanes, against possible terror attacks.


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As a Muslim who happens to have Malaysian citizenship, let me be the first to denounce this renewal. We should break off all military ties with the US military since it shows such contempt for the Islam and Muslims.



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So , what is the Malaysian Government up to ?


it's the same old corrupt evangelica christianl cult backed leadership it has always

been apart from the occasional lip service paid to comments about

plots etc


the best thing for most muslims to do is to ignore it and let the evangelical

christian cult occupation know that muslims would rather support china

than the tyrant on the potomoc

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