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Abductions in Semporna could be deliberate act to sour Malaysia-China ties: Najib

Published on Apr 3, 2014 4:30 PM
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices at Exchange Plaza in Perth on April 3, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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