PM: Malaysia open to work­ing with all

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KUALA LUMPUR: For­eign in­vest­ments in the coun­try will never lead to Malaysia giv­ing up an inch of its sovereignty, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said.

He said Malaysia, be­ing an ex­am­ple of sta­bil­ity and mod­er­a­tion, was open to friend­ship and work­ing with all.

This is in keep­ing with Malaysia’s his­tory as a sea­far­ing, trad­ing na­tion — mul­ti­eth­nic, mul­ti­cul­tural and mul­tire­li­gious na­tion, friendly to all and en­emy of none, he said.

Na­jib said one of the hall­marks of Malaysia’s for­eign pol­icy un­der his gov­ern­ment had been the forg­ing of new bonds in the re­gion and be­yond, and the strength­en­ing of ties with old friends.

“This gov­ern­ment has signed com­pre­hen­sive and strate­gic part­ner­ships with a num­ber of coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, China and In­dia.

“We wel­come friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion and the pur­suit of le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests,” he said in his key­note ad­dress dur­ing the 31st Asia-Pa­cific Roundtable (APR) held at the Hil­ton Kuala Lumpur.

His mes­sage was read of him by Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter Depart­ment Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Na­jib said these in­ter­ac­tions and agree­ments had con­crete re­sults in terms of trade and jobs, such as the RM144 bil­lion in­vest­ment by China in Malaysia, Saudi Aramco’s RM31 bil­lion in­vest­ment in Petronas’s Re­fin­ery and Petro­chem­i­cal In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment in Johor, and the RM159 bil­lion in­vest­ment and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion deals agreed with In­dia.

He said that Malaysia, de­spite the chal­leng­ing eco­nomic cli­mate, re­mained a highly at­trac­tive in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion due to the gov­ern­ment’s trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme bear­ing fruit.

“We will con­tinue to adapt and ad­just in keep­ing with our na­tional needs and the ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment around us.

“Ours is a for­eign pol­icy that is at the ser­vice of, and which ben­e­fits, the rakyat of Malaysia, while also con­tribut­ing to the progress of our na­tion through co­op­er­a­tion with our friends and part­ners,” he said.

APR is hosted by the In­sti­tute of Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (ISIS) Malaysia, on be­half of Asean-ISIS, a net­work of lead­ing think-tanks in South­east Asia.

This year’s APR brings to­gether great minds from 26 coun­tries around the world to pon­der, re­flect, de­bate and ex­plore so­lu­tions to the re­gion’s strate­gic chal­lenges with the theme, “The Fu­ture of the Asia Pa­cific: Is­sues and In­sti­tu­tions in Flux”.

The roundtable, which started yes­ter­day, ends to­mor­row.

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