I do not know nor am I privy to the reason or reasons on why the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China has been summoned by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs (“Wisma Putra”).
In the past the Foreign Ministry had summoned ambassador’s from the Vatican, Singapore and the United State, he said.
“This issue could have been solved amicably by Wisma Putra, without any interference from other ministers”.
“On the contrary their intervention has brought negative perception among the public”.
Foreign minister Dauk Seri Anifah Aman pointed out in a statement yesterday he regretted that several cabinet ministers had taken some actions or issued some statements without first consulting him.
Describing the issue over Dr Huang’s visit to Petaling Street as “very unfortunate”, Ong said that Malaysia and China enjoyed a very close relationship.
Huang met acting Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin in the latter’s office at the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry in Putrajaya on Monday.
Malaysiakini had reported Tourism Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz as saying that Mr Reezal had breached protocol when he allegedly summoned Dr Huang to Wisma Putra.
However, Reezal told The Malaysian Insider that the order came from Anifah.
“But we need to send a signal to other countries that whatever happens in Malaysia, is our business”, he added, according to a Malay Mail Online report.
The so called defenders of Malaysian dignity would be out in force demanding an apology and screaming that the respective Ambassadors be summoned to Wisma Putra for a dressing down.
“The aim of the meeting was to seek a clarification from him about the statement he made during his visit to Petaling Street”.
“Questioning the collective decision by Wisma Putra was a weak, shallow, and careless act”, he said in a statement today.
This practice is routine and is in line with article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, he added. In this matter, after discussions with the Prime Minister, I chose to call the Chinese ambassador to be present at Wisma Putra to give an explanation.
Huang was quoted as saying that the Chinese government was opposed to extremism, terrorism and any forms of racial discrimination in Malaysia.