Dr M: We will fight back

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will come down hard on foreign governments which want to use the country to launch pre-emptive strikes or forward defence, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said. 

“There are plans to make Malaysia into a battlefield. We will give them a bloody nose,” the Prime Minister told reporters after attending the Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) New Year open house at Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday. 

He said Malaysia was committed to protecting its sovereignty and would not allow anyone to violate it. 

Elaborating on the forward defence plan, he said there were reports that a neighbouring country was trying to use Malaysia as a battlefield to prevent the attacks from reaching their borders. 

However, he declined to divulge the identity of the country. 

To a question on whether he was referring to Singapore, Dr Mahathir said it was up to the media to make their own interpretation. 

“We have direct borders with five of the 10 countries in Asean,” he said. 

On another matter, Dr Mahathir said the national Hari Raya open house in Jitra, Kedah on Dec 21, Christmas open house in Malacca last Saturday and New Year celebrations here where more than 100,000 turned up were events that showed that the country was a safe place. 

“I did not see any terrorists. I was looking out for them but could not see. This was a good chance for them to launch attacks when there are so many people crammed into one street celebrating,” he said. 

He said claims that Malaysia was not safe were and bunkum.  

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