The Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) has called on Putrajaya to be cautious with regard to its statements and policies, which can affect the relationship between both nations.
In a statement this afternoon, MCCC said ties between Malaysia and China were supposed to be further enhanced after the visit of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to China.
“However, the vague, ambiguous statements and inconsistent policies by our new government leaders recently may dent the existing and even potential investors' confidence... This may bring a serious impact to our country's economy,” it warned.
Therefore, MCCC, which comprises members of all races as well as independent and private business groups, said it recognised the necessity to clarify its views and standpoint on this matter.
In connection with the remarks concerning the tearing down of the perimeter wall around the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), the chamber of commerce pointed out that it was later identified as a misunderstanding.
“The perimeter wall is completely reasonable and legal. It was built to safeguard the safety of the employees and the assets of the factories.
“MCCC hopes that official institutions would make a clarification on the untrue statements so as to prevent the incident from being used by people with (ill) intentions, and to let the industry move on smoothly,” it added.
MCCC also touched on Mahathir's statement on the prohibition on selling of properties to foreigners, which it said caused a shock to both foreign investors and developers.
“This incident may bring a negative impact on attracting investment and the 'Second Home' plan. It is necessary for official institutions to make reasonable explanations and appeasements to safeguard Malaysia's reputation,” it added.
MCCC said these incidents have highlighted the influence of Malaysian officials, especially the new government leaders.
“MCCC, which is committed to maintaining and promoting Malaysia-China economics and trade relations, calls on government leaders to be cautious with their words,” it added.
MCCC suggested that Putrajaya establishes a specialised department or group to report to the government leaders promptly and clearly on all the matters regarding foreign investment policies.
By establishing a transparent and rational communication and information mechanism, the chamber added, government leaders could ensure that they get the right information.