KUALA LUMPUR: The latest display by North Korea of its nuclear capability may trigger more tension in the Korean peninsula, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak fears.
The Prime Minister said Malaysia viewed the detonation of an underground nuclear device on Monday as inappropriate, because such an act could also cause instability in East Asia.
“The nuclear test should not have happened,” he said at a gathering for Felda employees at Wisma Felda here yesterday.
“I hope this issue can be settled through the six-party nuclear disarmament talks and by the United Nations Security Council.”
Global leaders expressed anger at the North Korean test using a nuclear bomb which was far more powerful than its first test in 2006.
North Korea also test-fired three short-range missiles hours later, Yonhap news agency said.
Earlier, Najib said that Felda would build 1,395 houses in Jengka 19, Triang 3, Jengka 11 and Chiku 5 in Pahang for RM135.5mil.
“The population in Felda settlements in Pahang has increased over the years,” he noted.
“The new housing projects are tailored for the second generation of families of settlers, most of whom are still staying with their parents. The funding for the houses has been allocated under the Second Stimulus Package.”
On another matter, Najib said Felda has initiated several ways to help settlers diversify their income, including vegetable farming and entrepreneurship programmes.
“The edible garden project was introduced this year,” he said. “And, about 35,000 settlers are involved in entrepreneurship programmes.
“Settlers can also increase their income by investing in shares in Felda Cooperative.”
Source : The Star