Dr M: We’ll keep using Huawei, nothing to spy on in Malaysia

TOKYO: Malaysia is unperturbed with the allegation of spying against Chinese tech giant Huawei and will continue to use its technology as much as possible, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

“We are too small to have an impact on the company like Huawei, whose research is far bigger than the whole of Malaysia’s research capabilities. So we try to make use of their technology as much as possible,” he told a dialogue session at the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia today.

“Yes, there may be some spying, but what is there to spy in Malaysia?” he said.

Mahathir, who is in Tokyo for a three-day working visit, also said that Malaysia is an open book.

“Everybody knows if any countries want to invade Malaysia, they can walk through, and we will not resist because it is a waste of time,” he quipped.

During the session, he also called on the US administration to make concessions in its disputes with China, including the spat surrounding allegations of spying activities by Huawei.

He warned that failure to negotiate could lead both countries into a military conflict.

“(For instance), I understand Huawei has a tremendous advantage over American technology.

“But if you want to have a situation where you are always ahead and when you are not ahead, I will ban you and send warships to your country, that is not a competition. That is threatening people and that is not the approach to use.”