Singapore should explain WikiLeaks comments: Malaysia

Cables said a Singaporean official described Malaysian PM as an opportunist.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Monday said Singapore should explain the damaging remarks allegedly made by senior government officials against the country as contained in a secret US diplomatic cable.

"I am sure Singapore will explain soon enough. I am sure some people are already embarrassed with the leak," said a senior official commenting on leaked US diplomatic cables exposed by WikiLeaks.

He said that it would be best to wait for the city-state`s explanation before giving any reaction. Cables released said permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bilahari Kausikan, reportedly told US Deputy Secretary of Defence for East Asia David Sedney said: "A lack of competent leadership is a real problem for Malaysia."

As a result, "the situation in neighbouring Malaysia is confused and dangerous" and there is a "distinct possibility of racial conflict", according to the cable dated September 2008.

Another official, Peter Ho, reportedly described Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as "an opportunist" who "would not hesitate" to be critical of Singapore if "it is expedient for him to do so”.