Saifuddin: Tiong's harsh statements about Pelosi's Taiwan visit do not represent Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR: Harsh statements about United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to Taiwan are not in line with Wisma Putra, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah.

The Foreign Minister said in a report by an online portal on Saturday (Aug 6) that Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing's remarks are not in line with the discussions held in Wisma Putra.

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Tiong - the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China - said Pelosi's two-day visit on Aug 2 was a violation of the One China principle and the Three Communiqués.

He added in a statement on Friday (Aug 5) that the visit has added fuel to the instability in the region.

Tiong said that the world has yet to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and was in turmoil due to the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

He added that countries were also struggling to revive their economies and maintain peace.

"At this critical moment, it is important to do everything possible in our power to maintain, stabilise and unify the international community and refrain from all moves that would possibly cause division.

"The international community needs to strengthen multilateral cooperation instead of fanning the fires of antagonism further," he said.

On a separate note, the Pahang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief declined to comment on the rumours of Perikatan Nasional possibly withdrawing its support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“Party coalitions are still a priority for Bersatu as we are focused on maintaining political stability.

"For Bersatu, coalitions among political parties are still our focus.

“Frankly, everyone wants to win elections, but more than that, it’s the political stability that comes after winning that is important,” he said.

Frustration within the Perikatan leadership has reached boiling point after a meeting with Ismail Sabri scheduled to take place at 2.30pm on Thursday (4 Aug) was suddenly cancelled the night before by the Prime Minister’s Office.

A well-placed source from Bersatu said the aborted meeting would have been a last-ditch effort to press the Prime Minister regarding the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail Sabri shortly before the handover of the premiership in August last year.

The decision to send a delegation of top leaders to see the Prime Minister was made at a Perikatan meeting last week.

The delegation comprised Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali from Bersatu and Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar from PAS.

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