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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Wills will resume his seat Now that he was done so I remind him that this is the second occasion on which he has interjected during the answering of this question.

Mr MCMAHON - As to the last part of the question asked by the honourable gentleman - and it is indicative of the attitude of the Malaysian Government - recently Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, himself has indicated his attitude to Communist China. In answer to a proposal made by the Gerakan Party, '.hat initiatives should be taken to recognise Communist China, the Prime Minister said that Malaysia would not take an initiative until Communist China had given up ils aggressive actions and its hostility. He went a stage further and said that he wan*?d Communist China itself to accept the doctrine of co-existence and to give up interference with the affairs of other countries. I think that ought to indicate to the honourable member for Wills the attitude of the Malaysian Government. If he still finds any difficulty in understanding this proposal I will be only too happy to make senior officers of my Department available so that an explanation can be given to him in an attempt to ensure that he understands.

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