Ahmad Zahid said despite Malaysia’s ties with other countries, the nation’s safety and sovereignty was the number one priority. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — China’s communist ideology will not be a threat to Malaysia despite close ties between both countries, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
The deputy prime minister said that despite Malaysia’s objection to communism in the past, the ideology practised by the China government was limited to its own country and would not affect any bilateral ties.
“The communist ideology practised by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is limited to the political system and the administration of the country only and it has nothing to do with the bilateral ties they have with other countries, including Malaysia.
“The government does not view the communist ideology practised by PRC as a threat to the country,” Ahmad Zahid said in a parliamentary written reply.
He was responding to DAP’s Kampar MP Dr Ko Chung Sen who asked about the number of communists arrested here and if Malaysia’s recent investments with China would allow the ideology to creep in.
Ahmad Zahid also stressed that no communists have been arrested here since 1989 after peace agreements were made with Parti Komunis Malaysia (PKM) and with Parti Komunis Kalimantan Utara (PKKU) in 1990.
The home minister added that despite Malaysia’s ties with other countries, the nation’s safety and sovereignty was the number one priority.
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