‘NO MALAYSIAN ROLE IN ARMS SALES’

It’s bet­ter to work with other coun­tries that have links with us, says Hisham

New Straits Times - - News | Story Of The Day - FARHANA SYED NOKMAN farhanasyed@nst.com.my

DE­FENCE Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein has de­nied al­le­ga­tions of Malaysia’s in­volve­ment in sell­ing weapons from North Korea.

“That is not true... not that I know. I have no links with North Korea any­way, but that doesn’t mean we are not as­so­ci­ated with other pow­ers.

“I mean, bet­ter work with coun­tries that have links with us and build on that.

“We saw all these en­gage­ments with the Saudis, the French pres­i­dent, the Dutch prime min­is­ter, who are com­ing for the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aero­space ex­hi­bi­tion (Lima) at the end of the month.

“We can see the co­op­er­a­tion that we have in Lima and Asean.

“So, why worry with the non­link up with North Korea when we have so many ar­eas we can build on.”

Hisham­mud­din said Malaysians need not worry about the heated diplo­matic row be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

He said the gov­ern­ment was pre­pared to face any pos­si­bil­ity that may oc­cur due to the ten­sion.

“Don’t think that we are de­pen­dent only on our own as­sets. We have close al­lies and bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ships with many coun­tries. For ex­am­ple, dur­ing the Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 tragedy, we didn’t have as­sets to find the miss­ing plane, but at that mo­ment, 26 coun­tries came for­ward to help us with search-an­dres­cue op­er­a­tions.

“This is our ad­van­tage, so don’t worry so much about the as­sets in our coun­try,” he said.

Hisham­mud­din said the issue needed to be seen from a “fair view­point”.

“Other in­ter­na­tional is­sues are ac­tu­ally more prom­i­nent com­pared with the death of Jong­nam at klia2,” he said at Par­lia­ment lobby.

PIC BY MO­HAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein (right) at­tend­ing a ses­sion at Par­lia­ment in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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