SINGAPORE – Malaysia stresses the importance of a united ASEAN as a bloc in voicing out its concerns, especially in engaging superpowers on security related matters in the region, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said it was important that deals done by superpowers such as the United States and China should not disregard the interests of smaller countries such as Malaysia.
“Small nations fear that deals that superpowers do will leave us on the beach when tide goes out. That’s why ASEAN is the key,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the second plenary session on the second day of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) 15th Shangri-La Dialogue security summit here today. – BERNAMA