Group in support of 'One China' policy

  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Jan 2004

LEADERS of Chinese guilds and associations in the country have decided to form a group in support of the “One China” policy, according to Nanyang Siang Pau

Led by former MCA president Tan Sri Lee San Choon, the group will object to the independence of Taiwan as well as seek peace between Taiwan and China. 

Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia president Datuk Seri Lim Gait Tong and Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia president Tan Sri William Cheng are the deputy presidents. 

Its secretary-general Tan Kai Hee said the guilds and associations would discuss their stand on the matter soon. 

He said the group wanted to use the influence of overseas Chinese descendants to prevent a war between China and Taiwan to ensure world stability, especially in Asean countries. 

The group, he said, was not linked to the Chinese Embassy and was formed through the initiative of its committee members. 

“Many of our committee members, even those who have business relationships with Taiwan, have expressed objections to Taiwan’s independence and a plebiscite,” Tan was quoted as saying. 

The group works on four principles: 

·THE Malaysian Government, local guilds and associations have always practised the “One China” concept, and hence objected to Taiwan’s independence. 

·MALAYSIANS have a responsibility in preventing any untoward incidents like a war between China and Taiwan, as this would affect social and economic stability in Asia including Malaysia. 

·AS Chinese descendants, the group does not want to see the best growth and development China is experiencing in 5,000 years being jeopardised by the minority group. 

·MALAYSIAN Chinese are among the largest and most influential of overseas Chinese with relatives, investments and businesses in China and Taiwan, which would be affected in the event of war. 

In another report, Sin Chew Daily and China Press said the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia or Hua Zong has urged the Chinese community and associations to pay attention to incidents which would affect the freedom of religious practice and the celebration of Chinese New Year. 

Hua Zong was referring to a Christmas celebration in Kota Baru last month which was reportedly stopped by the municipal council’s enforcement officers. 

In a statement, the federation said the action smacked of political motives and should not have happened as the occasion was celebrated by people of various races. 

It urged the Kelantan government not to hurt the people's feelings.  

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