MPS commended Malaysia’s careful approach in handling sensitive issues relating to the region’s stability.
Ahmad Shabery Cheek (BN – Kemaman) said diplomacy was still the best approach to handle conflicts while upholding the nation’s sovereignty.
Referring to Malaysia’s recent tiff with Indonesia over a border issue in the Sulawesi seas, he said the Foreign Ministry had acted well by not being hasty.
“The incident showed that diplomacy was the key factor in the country’s unity,” he said when debating the Royal Address.
He asked the Government to give a full account of the issue to the House.
Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) said although certain quarters in Indonesia had created a controversy over the incident, he was glad that Malaysia had not retaliated.
He said this did not mean that Malaysians were not angry and offended. He warned Indonesia not “pour oil into fire”.