Malaysia

Thai coup will not affect Malaysian politics, economy, says Dr Mahathir

May 24, 2014

Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister has dismissed claims that the country’s politics and economy will be affected by the coup in neighbouring Thailand, saying that since independence, Malaysians have been law-abiding citizens.

Bernama quoted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) yesterday that the crisis in Thailand had no effect because such an incident happened many times in the country without any pronounced effect on Malaysia.

"The Malaysian people strongly uphold the law... certainly, there is no attempt to topple the government," Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

Bernama also reported that Dr Mahathir hoped the long-standing territorial dispute over the South China Sea between China and Vietnam could be resolved through negotiations.

"There should be negotiations. I am very much against war because war will not solve this problem. Even if one country is able to defeat the other, there will be continuous tension," he said.

The South China Sea row was exacerbated when Beijing recently shifted its oil platform to an area also claimed by Hanoi. – Bernama, May 24, 2014.

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