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PM: Why China's investment 'an issue' but not Dr M's Look East policy?

Why was the issue of sovereignty not raised when former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad implemented his "Look East" policy in the 1980s?

This is the question posed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, in comparing the criticisms he has received for the increasing investments from China in the country.

“I want to ask when Look East policy in the 1980s was implemented by the prime minister who led for 22 years, why wasn’t the issue of sovereignty raised then?

“Why then when I forge a relationship with China, (I am) accused of selling our country’s sovereignty?” he asked during his speech at the “Malaysian Chinese Patriotic Rally” at Putra World Trade Centre today...

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