‘We are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing a safe world’

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

WASH­ING­TON: Malaysia has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to the United States to con­tinue fight­ing the Is­lamic State (IS) and all forms of ter­ror­ism.

La­belling them a com­mon enemy of both na­tions, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said Malaysia would en­sure its part of the world was safe as part of its com­mit­ment.

“The other goal of your ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr Pres­i­dent, which is to make the US safe — and with that, the world safe — we are com­mit­ted to fight­ing Daesh, IS, alQaeda, Abu Sayyaf — you name it.

“They are the enemy of the US, they are also the enemy of Malaysia, and we will do our part to make sure that our part of the world is safe.”

In his re­marks at the White House be­fore del­e­ga­tions from both coun­tries met on Tues­day morn­ing lo­cal time, Na­jib said Malaysia would also con­trib­ute in terms of ide­o­log­i­cal war­fare.

“(This is) be­cause you need to win the hearts and minds.

“And the key to it is to sup­port mod­er­ate and pro­gres­sive Mus­lim regimes and gov­ern­ments around the world, be­cause that is the true face of Is­lam; that is the authen­tic face of Is­lam.

“The more you align with pro­gres­sive and mod­er­ate regimes, the bet­ter it would be in terms of win­ning the hearts and minds of the Mus­lim world.”

Mean­while, Na­jib said the Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund (EPF) planned to fur­ther in­vest be­tween US$3 bil­lion and US$4 bil­lion (RM12.6 bil­lion and RM16.8 bil­lion) in the US.

“They have in­vested close to US$7 bil­lion, in terms of eq­uity, in the US. And they in­tend to in­vest US$3 bil­lion and US$4 bil­lion to sup­port your in­fra­struc­ture re­de­vel­op­ment in the US.”

He said Khaz­anah, which has an of­fice in the Sil­i­con Val­ley, planned to in­vest more than the US$400 mil­lion it had al­ready in­vested in high-tech firms.

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