Govt not sell­ing out coun­try

> PM: RM140b deals is China’s show of grat­i­tude for 40 years of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions


KUALA LUMPUR: There is no ques­tion of sell­ing out Malaysia’s sovereignty to China on ac­count of the more than RM140 bil­lion in in­vest­ments and busi­ness deals made be­tween the two coun­tries re­cently.

“What dif­fer­ence does it make if in­vest­ments come from Ja­pan or the US? Tun Dr Ma­hathir taught us to look east to Ja­pan and Korea. I am look­ing east. I just added China to the list, be­cause it will be­come the largest econ­omy in the world,” Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak said.

He said China, with its large sur­plus cap­i­tal, will be able to give Malaysia long term loans and mora­to­ri­ums and Malaysians will ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit.

Na­jib said the RM140 bil­lion in in­vest­ments, inked dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to China, was the coun­try’s way of show­ing grat­i­tude to Malaysia.

“Malaysia reached out to China and formed bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in the 1970s de­spite fac­ing wide­spread op­po­si­tion, both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal, and China did not for­get that,” he said in his speech at the MCA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) yes­ter­day.

On Ma­hathir’s will­ing­ness to work with DAP vet­eran Lim Kit Siang, Na­jib said their co­op­er­a­tion may be merely for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency.

He ex­pressed doubt the two vet­eran politi­cians had formed a gen­uine part­ner­ship al­though they seem to be work­ing to­gether.

“Ma­hathir had openly called Kit Siang an anti-Malay, anti-Is­lam racist be­fore. Kit Siang also openly called Ma­hathir a dic­ta­tor, among other things. This is the pol­i­tics of hypocrisy at its high­est heights. How can we trust this pol­i­tics of hypocrisy?”

He said he un­der­stood there are times when pol­i­tics have to be put aside for the sake of mov­ing things along, such as in the re­cently con­cluded US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Na­jib said US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump had op­pos­ing views dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod, but they acted in a civil man­ner to en­sure a peace­ful tran­si­tion of power af­ter the elec­tion.

Na­jib said the Op­po­si­tion here has made so many U-turns on numer­ous is­sues that they them­selves seemed un­sure of their own di­rec­tion.

“They didn’t just con­fuse the peo­ple, they them­selves seem to be con­fused. We can­not place the fu­ture of the coun­try in a coali­tion with­out di­rec­tion.

“There is no com­mon goal be­tween them ex­cept for be­ing anti-BN,” he said.

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