China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt

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China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt

China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt

China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya must issue the strongest protest and demand an official apology from China over its intrusion into Malaysia’s airspace, the National Patriots Association (Patriot) said today.

In a strongly-worded statement, its president Mohamed Arshad Raji called the incident in which China’s military aircraft had entered our airspace on May 31 “a very serious one”.

“It matters not if the country needs China’s Covid-19 vaccine, or if the country is our largest trading partner, or if one of our ministers viewed his counterpart as an ‘elder brother’.

“Our nation’s sovereignty and our national pride is at stake,” he said.

Arshad also took issue with the lack of statement from any senior minister with the National Security Council or the foreign minister within hours of the incident on Monday.

“Along with the strong statement of protest, a marching order for China’s ambassador should have been issued.

“The ministers did not seem to view the incident as seriously as members of Patriot do,” he said.

Arshad added that the altitude at which the Chinese planes were flying also posed a serious safety threat to commercial planes flying the Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu flight path.
diagram: An RMAF map showing the flight path of the Chinese planes and how they turned back.

China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt

In a statement yesterday, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) said Malaysian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept 16 People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes over Malaysian airspace on May 31.

Air Defence Centre in Sarawak

The “suspicious” planes were detected by the Air Defence Centre in Sarawak at 11.53am, flying “in tactical formation” when entering the Malaysian Maritime Zone.

RMAF scrambled Hawk 208 fighter jets from the Labuan Air Base’s 6th Squadron to intercept the planes after there was no response from them on orders to turn back.

RMAF added that its conduct was based on the country’s laws and international rules of engagement of the International Civil Aviation Organization and National Air Defence Strategy.

“The foreign ministry has been informed of this incident.”

A few hours later, Wisma Putra said it will summon the Chinese ambassador for an explanation.

The ministry will also issue a “diplomatic note of protest” to Beijing against the intrusion.

“I will also relay Malaysia’s serious concern on the matter to my counterpart in China,” foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a brief statement.

China must apologise over airspace intrusion, Patriot tells govt


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