‘GNI up by 50PC’

Op­po­si­tion al­le­ga­tions about coun­try’s im­pend­ing bank­ruptcy not true, says PM

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MALAYSIA’S gross na­tional in­come in­creased by nearly 50 per cent be­tween 2009 and last year, de­spite al­le­ga­tions from the op­po­si­tion that the coun­try is go­ing bank­rupt.

At the Asean@50 Com­mem­o­ra­tive Din­ner and Achieve­ment Awards last night, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said: “Busi­nesses would not be mov­ing their re­gional head­quar­ters here if they thought the coun­try was go­ing bank­rupt,” he said and gave ex­am­ples of com­pa­nies like Huawei, a global In­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy provider and Broad­com Ltd, the world’s largest semi­con­duc­tor com­pany.

“In­fla­tion and un­em­ploy­ment have been kept low, while 2.26 mil­lion jobs have been cre­ated. We have se­cured record lev­els of for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment at a time when our op­po­nents keep try­ing to scare peo­ple into think­ing that Malaysia is go­ing bank­rupt.

“We are not in­ter­ested in harp­ing on old griev­ances, as one for­mer leader still is,” he said in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

“We wish to work with friends and part­ners, near and far. This has led to our re­la­tions and friend­ship with many na­tions reach­ing his­toric highs.”

Na­jib said Asean must feel real, rel­e­vant and tan­gi­ble to ci­ti­zens to re­alise its po­ten­tial.

“We need to work on build­ing that sense of co­he­sion, sol­i­dar­ity, sup­port, unity, friend­ship and strength, which will re­sult in greater pros­per­ity and har­mony for all our coun­tries.”

Hosted by the Asean Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (Asean-BAC), the event was part of the ac­tiv­i­ties held to cel­e­brate Asean’s 50th an­niver­sary this year.

Present were In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed, Asean-BAC chair­man Tan Sri Dr Mu­nir Ma­jid and Philip­pines Trade and In­dus­try Sec­re­tary Ra­mon Lopez.

Ten Malaysian com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als re­ceived achieve­ment awards.

The high­est recog­ni­tion went to Sun­way Group chair­man Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, who re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award for his con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments in Malaysia, other Asean coun­tries and be­yond.

The other award re­cip­i­ents in­cluded YTL Cor­po­ra­tion Bhd, which re­ceived the Golden Ju­bilee Award, and Fash­ion Valetco-founder Vivy Yu­sof who re­ceived the Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak with award re­cip­i­ents at the Asean@50 Com­mem­o­ra­tive Din­ner and Achieve­ment Awards in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. With him are Asean Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil Malaysia chair­man Tan Sri Dr Mu­nir Ma­jid (eighth from right), In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed (fifth from right) and Sun­way Group chair­man Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah (sixth from right).

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