PM’s 4 objectives for India visit
“When Najib first visited Chennai in 2010, not only did he create history as the first Malaysian prime minister to touch down in Chennai, but also started a new era in Malaysia-India ties, including in Chennai.
“It demonstrates his inclusive attitude as a leader of a multiethnic country.”
In a blog posting later, Najib outlined four objectives for his India visit.
He said his first objective was to increase two-way cooperation and explore new opportunities in various sectors, while the second was to tighten diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Third, said Najib, was to open up opportunities for companies in Malaysia so they could expand their businesses to a wider market. Najib said the fourth objective was to attract foreign investors from both the public and private sectors to invest in Malaysia.
“When foreigners invest in our country, we will benefit in terms of exchange of knowledge, expertise and technology, besides indirectly opening up job opportunities for Malaysians ,” he said.
Najib said the four missions were not easily executed, but Malaysia had an excellent record.
“I see that opposition leaders also make frequent visits abroad, but it is sad that they (choose to) prioritise condemning the country as the agenda for their trips. This is actually an act of ‘economic sabotage’.
“To me, this is a big mistake because this sort of action will chase away foreign investors from the country. Isn’t it causing a loss to our people?
“Isn’t this enough to show their true colours, that they do not love their own country?”
Najib added he believed the act of condemning Malaysia abroad was an attempt to conceal their own flaws.
For instance, he said, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng once proudly claimed that foreigners were keen to invest in Penang, adding however that these investors have now turned their back on Penang.
Najib advised the public to evaluate for themselves logically and look at the confidence that other leaders had in Malaysia.
In the last two years, he said, Malaysia had hosted King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, French President Francois Hollande and then United States President Barack Obama.
“Malaysia is also well respected in China, Japan, Indonesia, German and many other countries. From these visits, we have signed significant investments which will benefit Malaysia, for example, an agreement with Aramco worth RM31 billion and MoUs with China worth RM144 billion.”
Najib added that more could be done to push Malaysia’s potential and the focus for now was to tighten the bilateral bond between India and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Najib yesterday met with acting Tamil Nadu Governor, Vidyasagar Rao, and the state’s newly appointed Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami.
The meeting was held at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor, at the state capital of Chennai. Najib, who arrived at the residence at 6.30pm, (local time) received a warm welcome from South Indian state leaders before adjourning to a closed-door meeting with the accompanying delegation for about 30 minutes.
Also joining the meeting were Special Envoy on Infrastructure to India and South Asia, Datuk Seri Dr S. Samy Vellu, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Malaysian High Commissioner to India Datuk Hidayat Abdul Hamid and Consul-General Malaysia in Chennai Ahmad Fajarazam Abdul Hamid.