Saturday, September 25, 2021

Don't take sides, Harapan says after Hishammuddin's China remark

Don't take sides, Harapan says after Hishammuddin's China remark

Pakatan Harapan today urged Putrajaya not to take any sides with any global powers after Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he will seek China's view on the recent Australia-UK-US (Aukus) trilateral nuclear submarine deal.

In a statement, the Harapan presidential council described Hishammuddin's remark as "strange and misplaced", and that it made Malaysia look like a country that takes instructions from China.

They stressed that Malaysia is guided by its Defence White Paper, in which its principles outlined 'activist neutrality'.

"Activist neutrality simply means Malaysia is not sitting down or lying down when there is any attempt to infringe on its sovereignty and its non-aligned posture.

"Malaysia speaks up against the West if a potential arms race is detected. Likewise, Malaysia also actively influences China to respect the sovereignty of regional states, as well as Asean’s role in the region.

"We should not be seen choosing sides and giving the impression that Malaysia is taking instruction from anyone," they said.

Aukus is a trilateral alliance between the three countries, which would benefit Australia where it gets the technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.

The move is seen as an attempt by the Western bloc to counter China's growing influence and military presence, particularly in the South China Sea.

Malaysia has largely taken a non-aligned position with any global military superpower but has, on occasion, stood up against China's intrusions into its claimed territories.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein

On Wednesday, Hishammuddin told the Dewan Rakyat that he plans to make a working trip to China soon, where he would seek their view on Aukus and determine how China would respond to the new alliance.

This was not the first time the Sembrong MP has come under criticism for his remarks involving China.

In April, Hishammuddin came under fire after he described China as a "big brother" during a press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing.

The minister later defended his remark, saying that he was referring to Wang Yi as he is older and more senior to him as a foreign minister, and thus he called the latter an "elder brother".


  1. Vassal state has been summoned to Beijing to receive instructions. But still no meow why Bullyland needs 12 nuklear submarines with nuklear warheads in Southern Hainan, but now take offence for 8 conventional subs 10,000 km away in Oz. H2O must tanya this Circular Logik.

    Instead of running to Beijing H2O must trigger the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), which will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary later this year. Our maritime safety in the Southern Seas is at risk due to Bullyland's Nuklear Subs based in Hainan.

    1. Summoned?

      By u, in yr wet dream?

      Seeking views from a equally concerned neighboring countries in a potential crisis affecting the whole region IS the prerequisite work of a good diplomatic operation!

      But, how does a blurred mfer know?

      It just want to fart - to ease its constipation.

  2. XiaoDi Hisham going to Beijing to consult with his Boss.

    What a shameful , disreputable end to the proud bloodline of Onn Jaafar.

    1. As a foreign minister of the country, if he does nothing than it would indeed a shameful, disreputable end to the proud bloodline of Onn Jaafar!

      But then to a moneyed Yankee asslicker, does it know/care?