Stop be­ing a hyp­ocrite, Na­jib tells Dr M

New Straits Times - - Nation / News -

SEPANG: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak last night told Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad to stop be­ing a hyp­ocrite.

He said the for­mer prime min­is­ter had pre­vi­ously paid mil­lions of ring­git to a Hong Kong-based lob­by­ist to set up a meet­ing with then-United States pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

“The lob­by­ist was awarded with a lu­cra­tive project. I know this. (Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad) Zahid (Hamidi) knows this.

“He (Dr Ma­hathir) crit­i­cised my meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, but Dr Ma­hathir spent mil­lions to set up a meet­ing with Bush. And, the re­cep­tion he re­ceived was not as warm as the one Trump had given me.

“Please don’t be a hyp­ocrite. I went there not be­cause of me, but for Malaysia. We have good ties with China, and that is also for Malaysia. We have good ties with Saudi Ara­bia — also for Malaysia.

“I went to the US not to kneel or beg, but to con­vey that Malaysia is a global player,” Na­jib said at the Bunga Raya Com­plex here after re­turn­ing from his three-day visit to the US and a work­ing visit to the United King­dom.

The prime min­is­ter shared how Trump had in­sisted on walk­ing him to his car de­spite be­ing told that it was parked in the base­ment.

“Pres­i­dent Trump told his of­fi­cer: ‘Never mind, he is my friend’,” said Na­jib.

He said Dr Ma­hathir should stop spread­ing lies to in­cite ha­tred among the peo­ple to­wards the gov­ern­ment.

On the pur­chase of new Boe­ing air­craft for Malaysia Air­lines, Na­jib said he only con­veyed what the na­tional car­rier had de­cided in July last year.

“It is Malaysia Air­lines that will ben­e­fit by hav­ing new air­craft,” he said.

Malaysia Air­lines had signed a deal with the Amer­i­can air­craft maker to buy 16 air­craft dur­ing Na­jib’s visit to the US.

The deal in­cludes eight 787-9 Dream­lin­ers — by con­vert­ing eight of Malaysia Air­lines’ ex­ist­ing or­der of the Boe­ing 737 MAX air­craft — and eight ad­di­tional pur­chase rights of the 737 MAX 8s, as well as Boe­ing’s Global Fleet Care ser­vice to main­tain the air­line’s Boe­ing air­craft.

On crit­i­cisms of Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund in­vest­ments in the US, Na­jib said it was Dr Ma­hathir who had, in April 2005, said that EPF should in­vest abroad to get higher re­turns.

“He keeps mak­ing U-turns. It’s okay. We have the records (to show who is right and who is wrong). Let the peo­ple de­cide.”

He said he brought up the Ro­hingya cri­sis with Trump and Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, fol­low­ing which the US had is­sued a strong state­ment on the plight of the Ro­hingya.

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