SHAH ALAM: A former army officer today urged Pakatan Harapan (PH) to annul all infrastructure development agreements with China should the coalition win the next polls.
Speaking at the PH convention here, Capt (R) Zainal Abidin Naus said this was because Putrajaya’s agreements with the communist government would undermine the nation’s sovereignty.
“In the past, the military and police fought the communists in the jungle. Today we allow them to do business.
“Agreements with China should be cancelled,” said Zainal.
He said former soldiers and policemen would support PH, adding that their support should not be taken for granted.
Opposition leaders have frequently questioned China’s involvement in mega infrastructure projects in the country, including the multi-billion ringgit East Cost Rail Link by state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also spoken out against the Forest City project near Johor Bahru which targets property investors from China, saying it undermined Malaysia’s sovereignty when land is sold to foreigners.
In his speech, Zainal also touched on the plight of former servicemen, saying many have been forced to seek employment as they find their retirement funds unable to cover rising costs of living.
He said it was time that pension funds for servicemen be revised.
“Don’t just abandon these former soldiers,” he added.