Chinese envoy must apologise or go back to his country, Utusan says

Utusan Malaysia accused China’s ambassador of interfering in Malaysia’s domestic affairs through a speech he gave during his walkabout in Chinatown. File picture shows shoppers at the entrance of Petaling Street. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Utusan Malaysia accused China’s ambassador of interfering in Malaysia’s domestic affairs through a speech he gave during his walkabout in Chinatown. File picture shows shoppers at the entrance of Petaling Street. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — China’s ambassador to Malaysia must apologise for allegedly interfering in the Southeast Asian country’s domestic affairs or take the next flight home, Malay daily Utusan Malaysia said today.

The Umno-owned newspaper said Dr Huang Huikang’s recent statement on reported racial slurs and threats against Malaysia’s ethnic Chinese community was shameful and a sign of disrespect towards Malaysia’s sovereignty.

“Whatever it may be, Dr Huang must apologise or return back to his country and be replaced with someone who knows more manners,” the paper wrote in its Awang Selamat column, which represents its collective editorial voice.

“Hopefully this would be the first and last mistake from a Chinese diplomat. Mind your own business and don’t overstep your limits,” the column added.

On Friday, Dr Huang – who was on a walkabout at Petaling Street – read out a statement which stated that Beijing would not hesitate to speak out against any threat that may affect the country’s ties with Malaysia.

His statement did not go down well with Putrajaya, and Wisma Putra has summoned him for a meeting tomorrow to explain his remarks that suggested interference on the envoy’s part in the country’s domestic affairs.

“Malaysia views his remarks seriously. It tantamount to interfering in Malaysia’s domestic affairs,” a Wisma Putra official was quoted as saying by English daily The Star