KUALA LUMPUR : In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Mahathir said fear would not sway both countries’ long-standing relations but instead the end-goal is to work together with China, Malaysia’s largest trading partner.
Dr Mahathir also said the Asean region must have a “common stand” on China and collectively deal with the superpower nation.
The Malaysian government would make its own independent decisions on China despite Western suspicions of Beijing’s cyber espionage involvement.
The prime minister added that Malaysia has yet to find Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei to be a threat to Malaysia’s national security, but they are monitoring it closely.
According to reports, the US also lobbied their allies to restrict the use of Huawei products over national security concerns, just as what they are doing.
Huawei, a global leader in 5G technology, and one of the most famous telco providers in the world filed a lawsuit against the US government over the ban, saying the US has failed to provide evidence to support its actions.The company also rejected claims it had links to the Chinese government. When asked to comment on the debt-trap accusation against China, Dr Mahathir said the Chinese, are strong, aggresive opportunists and are naturally good business people.