I think Hishammuddin was wrong or intentionally being wrong on this;
How can the US, UK and Australia pact destabilise this region when it's already being destabilised by the communists in Beijing, who claim almost the whole of South China Sea as their own and built artificial islands there with tonnes of missiles on them?
Aren't it them who repeatedly sent warplanes into our airspace and militarised ships into our waters?
Why then are we condemning the pact which may help us defend our territory?
Whether we like it or not, we have to admit that we don't have enough military strength to push back Beijing's expansionism.
If we really want to defend our rights in South China Sea, we have to align ourselves with stronger powers.
Otherwise, we should just shut up and give those area that Beijing wants by giving up our claims in those waters.
Or are we going to just protest whenever the PLA ships and aircraft intruded into our territory?
How about if the PLA lands its troops on a Malaysian island and plant their flag there?
How about if that happened in Labuan?
Are we going to just protest that one too?
Seriously, I think Hishammuddin had gotten a bit less clever ever since he went to buy some warships from China when he was the defence minister.
Okay, I know that most Malaysian leaders tried very hard to please the communists in Beijing as we want them to invest here, but are we that hard up for their money to the point of letting ourselves be bullied by them?
Honestly, I don't like to see the US and its allies as the ones we have to rely on to counter the PLA threats but it looks like at this moment we don't have much choice in this.
Even if we don't like them to have a pack like Aukus, I don't think we should condemn it as destabilising.
My personal opinion is that the pact actually have an opposite effect to the one claimed by Hishammuddin, as it would send a signal to Beijing that they can't go around bullying smaller countries like Malaysia and simply take whatever they want that rightfully belong to others.
As it is, Beijing is threatening to invade Taiwan. That, I think is something we should condemn instead.
If that really happened, the whole region will be plunged into chaos and hundreds of thousands, if not millions will die, especially among the Taiwanese civilian population.
A conflict like that will not drag in only US, UK and Australia, but also Japan, South Korea and the other Asean countries.
We will also be forced to take side as the war will definitely spread into the South China Sea where we also have claims to a portion of it.
Are we, as a democratic country not obliged to contribute to the defence of fellow democracies such as Taiwan?
Or are we going to side with Beijing for money?