Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia meets Acting Foreign Minister, evades reporters

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang met Malaysian Acting Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin in Putrajaya on Monday (Sept 28).

The meeting, which lasted over two hours, took place at Datuk Hamzah's office at the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.

It was called as the Malaysian government was seeking clarification on his statement made during his visit to Petaling Street last Friday.

Dr Huang arrived at the office at 11.40am and left at 2pm. He managed to avoid reporters who were waiting for him at the ministry by leaving through the basement.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said it would issue a statement later.

Dr Huang was reported on Friday as having said that China was against anyone resorting to violence to disrupt public order.

He was also reported to have said that the Chinese government opposed terrorism and any form of discrimination and extremism.

The Sin Chew Daily reported that a meeting took place on Sunday night between Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz and Dr Huang.

The Chinese daily published a photo showing Datuk Seri Nazri sitting opposite Dr Huang at a rectangular dinner table, along with five other unidentified people.

It reported that after the meeting, Mr Nazri explained the envoy's dilemma to his fellow Cabinet colleagues, who agreed that Dr Huang need not explain himself to the Foreign Ministry.

Mr Nazri added that only the Prime Minister or the Foreign Affairs Minister had the authority to summon an ambassador.

Both Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman are out of the country in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Earlier on Monday, Dr Huang said him being hauled up by the ministry was never an issue.

"I only found out about this in the newspapers. Since when was this ever an issue?" he said.

He was delivering a special address at The Maritime Silk Road China-Malaysia Forum-cum-inauguration of the China-Asean Business Association Malaysia at the Istana Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.