Malaysia seeks China cash
No joke, it’s Lewis
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