TAMIL NADU GIVES NA­JIB

Prime Min­is­ter holds meet­ings with state’s gov­er­nor and chief min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News -

CHEN­NAI Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and For­eign Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Ram­lan Ibrahim, among oth­ers.

Later, he had a meet­ing with act­ing Tamil Nadu Gov­er­nor Vid­hyasagar Rao and Chief Min­is­ter Ed­da­padi Palaniswamy at the gov­er­nor’s res­i­dence be­fore at­tend­ing din­ner with the dig­ni­taries.

To­day, Na­jib will at­tend a meet­ing with the Malaysian As­so­ci­ated In­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MAICCI).

He will also meet Malaysians and stu­dents.

Na­jib will per­form Fri­day prayers at the fa­mous An­ju­man Mosque be­fore leav­ing for New Delhi.

In­dia is among Malaysia’s big­gest trad­ing part­ners and ex­port des­ti­na­tion.

Re­la­tions have blos­somed since Na­jib’s first visit in 2010, with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Malaysia-In­dia Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (Ceca), part­ner­ships in de­fence ven­tures, counter-ter­ror­ism, tourism and cul­ture, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, and ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture projects among the key achieve­ments.

A slew of me­moranda of un­der­stand­ing worth about RM30 bil­lion are ex­pected to be signed this time round.

Na­jib’s trip to In­dia fur­ther ce­ments his stand­ing as a world leader savvy on bi­lat­eral and trade ties, com­ing on the back of vis­its by Saudi ruler King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud and French President Fran­cois Hol­lande.

Saudi Ara­bia had, among oth­ers, agreed to in­ject RM31.08 bil­lion in in­vest­ment through its petroleum com­pany, Saudi Aramco, for the Re­fin­ery and Petro­chem­i­cal In­te­grated Devel­op­ment (Rapid) in Pengerang, Jo­hor.

In Novem­ber, Na­jib had also vis­ited China, gain­ing in­vest­ments worth RM143.64 bil­lion in 14 busi­ness ar­range­ments.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst An­bu­mani Balan said Na­jib’s In­dia visit fur­ther demon­strated his com­mit­ment to strengthen ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with the coun­try.

“His visit to Chen­nai, for ex­am­ple, shows his com­mit­ment in many ways as we know that Chen­nai is re­garded as the heart and soul of the In­dian community in Malaysia,” said the for­mer jour­nal­ist, who cov­ered Na­jib’s first visit in 2010.

The In­dian community in Malaysia, he said, had strong fam­ily and trade ties with In­dia.

“We are quite lit­er­ally con­nected to each other for many years.

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BERNAMA PIC

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, be­ing wel­comed at Chen­nai In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

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