Lai Yew Meng

Dean, Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (CPKLL), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

Dr Lai Yew Meng is an associate professor of politics and international relations and the dean of the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (CPKLL) at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

This handout photo from the Royal Malaysian Air Force taken on 31 May 2021 and released on 1 June shows a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft that Malaysian authorities said was in the airspace over Malaysia's maritime zone near the coast of Sarawak state on Borneo island. (Handout/Royal Malaysian Air Force/AFP)

PLA overflight near Malaysian airspace: A precarious provocation

Malaysian researchers Abdul Razak Ahmad, Kuik Cheng-Chwee and Lai Yew Meng comment that China’s deployment of People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft near Malaysia’s air space last month smacks of hypocrisy and creeping hegemony. They warn that Beijing may not be as benevolent as it wants smaller states to believe.