Abductions in Semporna could be deliberate act to sour Malaysia-China ties: Najib
Published on Apr 3, 2014 4:30 PM
PERTH/SEMPORNA - Malaysia is not ruling out the possibility that the latest abductions at a resort off Semporna, Sabah, are a deliberate act to sour the country's relations with China.
The Star newspaper quoted Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying on Thursday that the fact that one of those kidnapped was a Chinese national could further strain the already tense situation, following the Malaysia Airlines MH370 crisis.
"This must be avoided. There may be those who are attempting to drive a wedge between us and China. They may be trying to take advantage of the situation," Mr Najib said after a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in Perth.
Mr Najib said he believed ties with China would remain strong despite the latest incident. according to the newspaper.
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