Yun-20 military transport aircraft. [File photo]
Malaysiakini quoting PM Najib reported:
"If there is no peace in our country, what will happen? The Chinese will be the first to be targeted if there is no peace in this country.
These are dangerous words, given that the Peoples Liberation Army and the PRC government have made their position on such matters clear:
The (PLA) should also act as a deterrent against those who attempt to harm Chinese people. We will not allow any repeat of such tragedies as the May 1998 riots in Indonesia, in which some 1,200 ethnic Chinese were killed.
And of course, there is also much invested in Malaysia for China to defend:
It is useful to keep in mind that China's has already,in the recent past,shown that it will intervene in Malaysia as it sees fit:
China justifies intervention in Malaysia's internal affairs : Threat of racial riots in Malaysia's Chinatown considered a threat to China's national interest
If what Najib threatens becomes evident, PLA and PRC intervention in Malaysia is probably a given.