Malaysia seeks China cash

No joke, it’s Lewis

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Bri­tish For­mula One rac­ing driver Lewis Hamil­ton dressed as the Joker from Batman for Heidi Klum’s 17th An­nual Hal­loween Party at Van­dal, in New York on Mon­day. The sec­re­tarygen­eral of the Saudi-based Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) has re­signed days af­ter mak­ing a joke about the pur­port­edly fru­gal ways of Egypt’s pres­i­dent. The 57-na­tion OIC is the largest body of Is­lamic na­tions. It said late on Mon­day that Iyad bin Amin Madani re­signed “for health rea­sons”. How­ever, his res­ig­na­tion fol­lows Egypt crit­i­cis­ing Madani days ear­lier af­ter he con­fused the Tu­nisian pres­i­dent’s name with that of Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­delFat­tah El Sissi then said: “I am sure your fridge has more than water.” El Sissi ear­lier had claimed that for a decade his fridge had noth­ing but water, in a mes­sage to Egyp­tians to bear harsh eco­nomic con­di­tions. Malaysia’s prime min­is­ter hopes to use his visit to Bei­jing this week to woo new in­vest­ment and buoy up his im­age back home as he is shunned by Western lead­ers, an an­a­lysts has said. Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak will meet with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and other dig­ni­taries dur­ing his sev­en­day trip. James Chin, direc­tor of the Asia In­sti­tute at Aus­tralia’s Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, said Na­jib wants to at­tract more Chi­nese money to make up for a drop in for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment from Western coun­tries spooked by a re­cent scan­dal. He also wanted to show that “there are still pow­er­ful coun­tries around the world that are still will­ing to give him the five-star or red carpet treat­ment”. “He’s show­ing the Malaysian do­mes­tic au­di­ence that a new up­com­ing power like China is still will­ing to host him,” Chin added.

MEET­ING: Razak and Xi last year

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