TOKYO: Tun Mahathir today, reiterated that there is no basis for concern about the use of Huawei’s 5G infrastructure in Malaysia, especially regarding the alleged use of the technology for espionage activities by China.
He said it was necessary to continue using the service of the Chinese telecom giant to bolster Malaysia’s quest for technological advancement.
“Huawei, as we know, is a high-tech company, especially in telecommunications. They do a lot of research and have built sophisticated mobile phones to achieve the 5G stage. Their products are much better than other handphones, especially compared to American mobile phones.
“Maybe people in the United States are afraid of spying by Huawei. But in Malaysia, there is nothing to spy on, certainly not in terms of industrial technologies. So we welcome them, we work with them, and we acquire their technology,” Dr Mahathir said.
He added that the western country’s suspicion was probably because it was hiding something while Malaysia did not have anything to hide.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir said Malaysia was unperturbed with the allegation of spying levelled against Huawei and would continue to make use of the latter’s technology as much as possible.
Asked if the country was now taking a softer stance towards China as reflected by his decision on Huawei, Dr Mahathir said it was a reasonable stand.
“I think we are reasonable. We want to be friendly with all the countries in the world; we do not want to be at war with people. We know their strengths and we know our weaknesses,” he said.
The prime minister, accompanied by his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, left for Kuala Lumpur at 3.20pm local time, after finishing a three-day working visit to Japan. - Bernama