KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29, 2015:

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the comments made by China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huang when visiting Petaling Street on Saturday did not affect the security of the country.

Hishammuddin said if the statement was considered to be damaging to national security, his side would have been referred to in solving any problems that could arise.

“I believe it’s not too serious and also (won’t) affect defence relations between the two countries.

“I believe that relations between China and Malaysia are as sturdy, strong and good as they have ever been,” he told reporters after the launch of a peace and unity campaign at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) today.

Hishammuddin said it was important to ensure that relations between the two countries remained strong and issues could be addressed properly through proper diplomatic channels.

He also pointed out that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had previously issued a statement that the Foreign Ministry could resolve this issue through diplomatic channels by meeting with China’s ambassador.

“We need to solve the main issue and many other issues which can affect bilateral relations,” said Hishammuddin, adding that there have been statements made by ambassadors before which were not very serious and not as inflated as what had happened recently.

Dr Huang was accused of interfering in Malaysia’s internal affairs after he was recently quoted as saying: “China opposes any form of violence and racial discrimination and extremism.”

The statement was an apparent reference to the threat of a group that had planned to hold a rally in Petaling Street, also known as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

Dr. Huang also warned that Beijing was not afraid to voice their views on an incident that could threaten national interests, violate the rights of citizens in running the business or affect the Malaysia-China relations.

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