PM’s 4 ob­jec­tives for In­dia visit

New Straits Times - - News - Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Hani Shamira Shahrudin

“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.

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