KOTA BAHARU, March 29 – Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin called on Chinese nationals to maintain the good rapport and diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, rather than get carried away by speculations on the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370. “The diplomatic relations which has existed for 40 years should be preserved and maintained, as many Chinese nationals seem to have expressed dissatisfaction as a result of unreliable and unfounded theories and speculations,” he told reporters after opening the National Sports Institute (NSI) Satellite Centre at the Panji Youth and Sports Complex, here today.

“We hope China will look at the tragic incident from the total perspective, and not merely from unfounded speculations,” he said. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Monday that the MAS flight MH370 ended in a remote region of southern Indian Ocean. Khairy, who is also the Minister of Youth and Sports, said this year marked the 40th year of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China, and Malaysia was the first country in Southeast Asia to have recognised the relationship it developed since 1974. “When it comes to issues relating to the South China Sea, Malaysia opted for the diplomatic approach to defuse the situation, unlike other countries, we had never resorted to confrontation. This has led to the inflow of investments from China and vice-versa,” he said.

He said allegations that Malaysia was hiding information on the tragedy was untrue, and information related to the incident had been verified before being released. “Statements made by families of some of the passengers have accused the Malaysian government of not releasing certain information to the extent of being described as murderer. “We want to remind them that the nationals of China were not the only ones onboard, Malaysians too were among the passengers. As such, we have no reason to hide any fact,” he said. Khairy regretted the cancellation of tour packages by Chinese tourists who formed the largest tourist market for the country amid aggressive promotion of Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

“I believe the government is looking at it seriously and effective measures are in the pipeline to ensure the tourism efforts are on track and unaffected by the incident in the interest of the country’s economy,” he said. On the Malaysian couple found guilty of child abuse in Sweden and sentenced to prison by the Solna District Court, Khairy said all parties should respect the laws of the country they were residing in. “They’re in Sweden and tried in the Swedish Court, we have to accept the court’s decision,” he said. The Solna District Court had sentenced Tourism Malaysia’s official in Sweden, Azizul Raheem Awaluddin and his wife, Shalwati Norshal to 10 months and 14 months in jail respectively for abusing their children.

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