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Friday, August 11, 2017

Amanah balks at reports of China's suggested counter-intelligence centre

An Amanah leader has expressed concern about reports of China's alleged proposal to set up a regional counter-intelligence centre in Johor.
Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub was responding to a Singapore Straits Times report on the proposal the daily claims had been “'lightly touched on' during talks between Prime Minister Najib Razak and visiting Chinese State Councillor Wang Yong after the ground-breaking ceremony of the East Coast Rail Link project in Kuantan on Wednesday”.
“The government source told The Straits Times that discussions on the matter were still continuing, and that a firm decision would be made only when Najib meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is expected to make an official visit to Malaysia some time in November,” wrote the daily.
“[The news] is most worrying, as the offer by China for a regional counter-intelligence centre equipped with radar surveillance and a missile system will drag us into the middle of conflicts between world powers,” said Salahuddin in a statement today.
“Asean needs to continue being neutral,” he added.
Treasury secretary-general Mohammad Abdullah when asked by Reuters on Thursday however denied the reports.

However there appears to be no report of a denial by the prime minister.
Nevertheless, Salahuddin said he hoped Najib would not “rush blindly to make Malaysia China's latest sattelite”.
“Right now there are already many national assets that have been pawned to China,” he added, pointing to African countries that have allegedly received “gigantic” investments and loans from China.
“In the end they are forced to bow to the country that had provided this gigantic funds,” he said. - Mkini

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