Don’t ‘bully’ Malaysia, appeals minister

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has appealed to China not to ‘bully’ Malaysia, in reference to the encroachment of 16 Chinese military aircrafts into Malaysian airspace on Monday.

“Please do not bully us; we are a small country and we do not have the capacity and capability to counteract this violation of the international law and the trespassing on our sovereign right.

“You are supposed to be our friend, why treat a friend like this? Why treat a friendly country like us like this?” he lamented yesterday.

He described the airspace encroachment by the Chinese aircrafts as unacceptable.

“Our airspace is our sovereign right and intrusion by armed foreign aircrafts – not one, but 16 armed aircrafts – is definitely not acceptable, irrespective of their purpose,” he said.

He said this was a direct violation of Malaysia’s sovereignty as a nation.

“I do not understand why the Chinese military authority allowed this brazen act of air intrusion by Chinese fighter aircrafts,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said that if there was anything at all, Malaysia would be open to discussion.

He pointed out that China and Malaysia had forged a good and long relationship since 1976.

“There is nothing we could not work out. We could discuss on business and trade arrangements to exploit our natural resources together,” he said.