KUALA LUMPUR: MCA urged the prime minister to be attentive in his choice of words when making statements about China, because this could damage the feelings of the superpower.
Central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh said some of the comments from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were insensitive and uninformed.
He quoted Dr. Mahathir who ordered the surrounding walls of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park to come down.
Chew laughed to a news portal because of his negative report on the park, which described it as the "Great Wall of China".
"Those who know Chinese developers can tell you it's a habit to let employees live and work in their construction sites, because they almost always work to ensure efficiency," he said in a statement.
Chew also said that some statements by Dr. Mahathir that were made for him and after his recent visit to China were "unwise and non-diplomatic" & # 39; and point to the Prime Minister's warning of "new colonialism".
"The impact will be great if China loses its patience and chooses to quietly repay what some countries like South Korea and Palau, an island in the Pacific, have discovered when Chinese tourists stayed away," he said.
He added that Malaysia should have taken advantage of the current China-US trade war rather than let China lose its face & # 39;
Chew said China had stopped buying soy beans from American farmers and this was the best time for Malaysia to increase its palm oil exports to China.
He also asked the timing of the RM500,000 donation from Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, on behalf of Malaysia, to Japan on the eve of Dr. Mahathir's visit to China.
"This was on the day, August 15, that China celebrates the annual commemoration of Japan in the Second World War.
"The Chinese-speaking world talks about it and the insensitivity of Malaysian leaders."
Chew said that Wisma Putra would know for sure the bitter rivalry between China and Japan.
"Thanks to Dr. Mahathir, we are now seen as pro-Japan and at a time when everyone wants part of the huge Chinese market," he said.
Chew said that Dr. Mahathir "beat China every day" and that it was time that "he would reduce his rhetoric".
He also asked what DAP leader Tan Kok Wai, who is special envoy of China, is doing.
"The new government dismissed politically appointed ambassadors, but now begins to replace them with their own political retinue.
"That's hypocrisy for you, but the MCA wants the new government to be tactful in dealing with China because we can never win.
"Do not let the anger against the Najib administration blur the rationality and ultimately influence our country.
He wondered why the DAP leaders were "silent" and "did not give good advice to Dr. Mahathir."
"This is not a poker game for the prime minister because the bet is large and Malaysia can not afford it.
"Dr. Mahathir is wise and honored, but that does not mean he's right in everything," Chew added.