The Malaysian prime minister said on Thursday May 30th that his country will continue to use Huawei products "as much as possible," despite the US ban imposed on the Chinese telecom giant over alleged security concerns, AFP has reported.
Prime minister Mahathir Mohamed made the announcement at the Future of Asia Forum in Tokyo, where he acknowledged the security concerns, but said they would not stop Malaysia from using Huawei's advanced technology.
"Yes, there may be some spying. But what is there to spy (on) exactly in Malaysia? We are an open book," Mahathir said.
The 93-year-old prime minister, currently the world’s oldest serving state leader, said Huawei had access to research "far bigger than the whole of Malaysia's research equivalent."
"So we try to make use of their technology as much as possible."
"Everybody knows, if any country wants to invade Malaysia, they can walk through, and we will not resist because it's a waste of time," he added.
His comment followed the US blacklisting of the Chinese telecom company over allegations of espionage, and which prompted many other countries to follow suit and block Huawei from working on their mobile networks.
Mahathir said the U S and ‘the West’ in general must accept that Asian nations now produce competitive products, and should not ‘threaten’ business rivals.
"Yes, I understand Huawei has tremendous advance(s) over American technology even," he said, adding that both economic powers should accept that "at times China will win, while other times the US will win."