Hishammuddin: Don't fall into Singapore media's trap


  • Nation
  • Friday, 31 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has advised Malaysians not to “fall into the trap” of Singapore's hidden agenda when the republic's media raise controversial issues. 

“I notice that the Singapore media raises particular concerns which seem to benefit their own interests as they have an internal agenda on the recent claims in the present situation,” he said. 

He was responding to an article in a local daily which accused Singapore's Straits Times of raising issues to disrupt ties between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. 

The Straits Times article on its website on Wednesday, stated that Malaysia “played rough” with Indonesia over the recent claims on Sipadan and Ligitan islands.  

When asked to comment on the wing's stand to review its ties with Singapore's Young PAP (YPAP) which hosted a discussion on the prospect of war between the two nations on its official website, Hishammuddin said it was undeniable that the relationship between them had been “cold” due to past issues that had been raised by the Singapore media or its leaders. 

“But it is important to maintain open communication between the two parties for continuous and concise discussion of relevant issues,” he told reporters after attending a gathering of Chinese associations in support of the Malaysians for Peace campaign at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall yesterday. 

MCA Youth international affairs bureau chief Fam Lee Ee regretted that the discussions in the YPAP website had suggested the possibility of Singapore taking over Johor and Pahang in a war to control water and land resources.  

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