GEORGE TOWN: The organisers of a global tech event here said they had no choice but to abide by the one-China policy set by the country in asking a Taiwanese beauty queen not to wave the island’s flag on stage.
Sean Seah, the organising chairman of the 2022 World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT), said: “Malaysia strictly follows the one-China policy, and since this is a national event, we are obliged to follow and protect the country’s pledge in supporting the policy.”
He told FMT: “Running a global event like this, we are bound by guidelines. We are unable to take any position on this.”
Miss Asia Global Taiwan 2022, Kao Man-jung was photographed crying at the opening of the WCIT, according to an AFP report. She is among more than 40 contestants who will vie for the Miss Asia Global title in the finals on Sept 18.
The Taiwanese foreign ministry claimed that China had pressured the organisers into barring Koo from waving the island’s flag on stage.
One China is related to an understanding struck by China with Malaysia in 1974, acknowledging that Taiwan is part of China.
In 2016, Malaysia again stood firm in support of the policy, pledging to support the peaceful development of cross-straits relations and China’s peaceful reunification.