Retired brigadier-general Mohd Arshad Raji has expressed concern over the influx of investment from China, warning that it could lead to racial imbalance in Malaysia.
He also feared that the Chinese in Malaysia risked losing their “Malaysian-ness” and ultimately be absorbed by those from mainland China, which has adopted the communist ideology.
“The local Chinese are not the same with those from mainland China. I can even feel that the people in Hong Kong don’t like (China’s Chinese), their culture is different,” he added.
“With the influx of foreigners who own properties in Malaysia and live here, will it not cause imbalance to the country’s racial profile in time?
“What is the guarantee that the racial imbalance, which may happen, will not impact national security? This is the question asked by (armed forces) veterans,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Though he did not specifically name China, Mohd Arshad cited several projects which involved China companies.
These included the development of Malacca Port and Kuantan Port, Forest City in Johor and the Tun Razak Exchange.
Mohd Arshad said the government should not be eager in selling the country’s properties to foreign companies, especially those from a country, which was once an ally of Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM), which the veterans had fought against.
“Will we feel safe and confident of the cooperation with the relevant foreign country that it will bring good returns for our country instead of posing a security threat?” he asked.