Khairy: US spying undermines Malaysia’s sovereignty

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Nov 2013

PETALING JAYA: Reports of US-led covert spying activities in many countries worldwide raises questions about the sincerity of the US’ diplomatic relations, said Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.

In a statement, the Youth and Sports Minister said such spying operations undermine the sovereignty of its targeted countries.

Khairy said it was unacceptable for the US ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Y. Yun, to say that the US electronic spying facilities set up in countries involved, including Malaysia, were allegedly intended to upkeep surveillance on terrorist activity and weapons of mass destruction.

“If the US is sincere about its longstanding friendship with our country, they only have to ask for assistance, maintain close cooperation, and share information about these threats with the Malaysian authorities, such as police and the army, for further action,” said Khairy.

He termed the alleged spying a result of ”the US underestimating the country’s intelligence and national security capabilities, and underestimating the sovereignty and abilities of the Malaysian authorities.”

The Umno Youth wing urged the Foreign Affairs Ministry to take immediate action by requesting the US embassy to clarify the validity of reports regarding spying activities conducted upon the Malaysian government.

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