KL officials say they're unaware of missile offer

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (second from right) shaking hands with China's State Councillor Wang Yong (fourth from left) after officiating the groundbreaking ceremony for the East Coast Rail Link project, on Aug 9, 2017.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (second from right) shaking hands with China's State Councillor Wang Yong (fourth from left) after officiating the groundbreaking ceremony for the East Coast Rail Link project, on Aug 9, 2017. PHOTO: BERNAMA

China's offer of radar surveillance and missile systems to Malaysia has caused a stir in Kuala Lumpur, with Defence Ministry officials saying they were unaware of discussions over the matter.

A Malaysian government source told The Straits Times that visiting Chinese State Councillor Wang Yong had lightly touched on the matter during talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday, but there was no mention of the type of technology being offered. Johor is a possible location for the systems.

The proposal was part of a wish list of initiatives that Chinese President Xi Jinping raised with Datuk Seri Najib in May that has yet to filter down in the Malaysian government, sources said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2017, with the headline 'KL officials say they're unaware of missile offer'. Print Edition | Subscribe