Presence of warships in South China Sea can lead to unnecessary conflicts – Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the presence of warships in the South China Sea can lead to big accidents and unnecessary conflicts in the area.

He said at the moment, ships are still free to roam in the area without any obstruction but warned that any presence of warships might lead to bigger issues.

Our (Malaysia's) appeal to the the big powers is to keep out all these weapons of war (warships) from this areamight lead to accidents and as you all know, accidents may lead to war.

We know when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed in Sarajevo, millions of people lost their lives after that, we don't want any accidents at all, he said during a Question-and-Answer session in conjunction with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Praxis Conference Malaysia Beyond 2020, here.

(According to biography portal, Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated on June 28, 1914, at the hands of Serbian terrorist group the 'Black Hand' which led to the beginning of World War I)

The two-day conference which starts today is aimed at reviewing progress made by Malaysia after almost 30 years since Vision 2020 was first announced in 1991.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia