Adapt to Malaysia’s post-GE adjustments, Beijing told
Chinese newspaper Global Times says the new government has 'some different ideals' from the previous Barisan Nasional administration.
PETALING JAYA: A Chinese paper today urged Beijing to adapt to Malaysia’s internal adjustments following the May 9 general election, amid concerns over existing projects which have come under scrutiny by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.
In an editorial, the Global Times said expanding China-Malaysia cooperation was “obviously the real intention of the Dr Mahathir Mohamad administration”.
“It’s only that the new government has some different ideals from its predecessors, which is perhaps a normal phenomenon for Malaysia.
“China should understand and adapt to Malaysia’s internal adjustments and remain consistent in cooperation with the country while Chinese firms should protect their own interests.
“The Chinese government should also help them safeguard their interests so that expanding cooperation and settling disputes according to laws and regulations will become the norm.”
A string of Chinese-backed projects recently entered the spotlight after the PH government said it would review all such mega projects following its win in the 14th general election.
Some, like the East Coast Rail Link and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline projects, were put on hold with Mahathir saying Malaysia could not presently afford them.
Mahathir, who recently went on a five-day official visit to China, added however that Chinese investors understood his business-friendly stand.
He also said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang understood the reasons behind the cancellation of the two projects.
The Global Times said strengthening cooperation was the best choice for both sides in optimising Malaysia-China relations.
It warned however that Putrajaya’s statements could cause different reactions among the Chinese people.
“How the Chinese public sees China-Malaysia cooperation is by no means inconsequential to Malaysia’s interests,” it said.
(Global Times, FMT News, SilkRoad.my)