KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's neighbours, including the Philippines, should do their part in tackling the security threats in the region following the Sandakan kidnapping incident, said the MCA.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the MCA was deeply concerned about the incident on Thursday night which saw a restaurant manager and a customer being taken by gunmen believed to be linked to the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group that operates in southern Philippines.
"We urge the local authorities to strengthen and review security procedures and measures in the area.
"At the same time, we also want our Government to engage neighbouring countries to take action for the safety of the region.
"It is not only for us to defend and protect our people but our neighbours should also do their part," he told reporters after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
Liow said the incident in Sandakan would affect the confidence of the people and the tourism industry.
On another matter, Liow said the MCA was not invited to intervene in the internal feud between factions in the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong).
"We hope that their internal problems do not affect the progress of Chinese education in the country."
He added that the party would agree to help if the Dong Zong asked for assistance.
The feud between factions led respectively by Dong Zong president Yap Sin Tian and secretary-general Poh Chin Chuan has been widely reported in the Chinese media.
Among the recent developments in the rift was Poh's faction handing over evidence of Yap's alleged misuse of funds to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya.