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KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V today attended the 246th Meeting of the Conference pf Rulers at Istana Negara, here.

Also present was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The two-day meeting which began yesterday was chaired by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, and attended by the Malay royal rulers, accompanied by their menteri besar.

However, Kedah was represented by the Raja Muda, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah; Kelantan by the Regent of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra; and Pahang by Tengku Muda Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah.

The Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak were also present at the meeting, accompanied by their respective chief ministers. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he is appalled by the barbaric and cowardly attack on innocent concert-goers in Manchester.

“My deepest condolences and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected,” he said on Twitter and Facebook today.

Najib said that at this time of heartbreak, Malaysia stood united with Britain.

“We must be firm, determined and ready to confront terror swiftly and decisively wherever and whenever it manifests itself. We must never surrender,” the prime minister said.

It was reported that at least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 wounded in an attack that occurred as people were making their way out of a concert in Manchester, England.

The incident was being treated by the police as a terrorist attack, according to reports. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – All Muslim countries and leaders must make it absolutely clear to the world there is nothing Islamic about terrorism, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Authentic Islam is a religion of enlightenment, civilisation and scholarship, not of destruction and death,” he said.

The Prime Minister said this in his blog in conjunction with his attendance at the two-day Arab-Islamic-US Summit in Riyadh. It ends today.

The summit gathers leaders of the Islamic world as well as United States President Donald Trump.

Strengthening security ties is also a main concern in the summit .

“High on the agenda will be the fact that although the so-called caliphate established by Daesh in Iraq and Syria is diminishing, none should doubt that the threat from terrorists who blaspheme the name of Islam remains high,” said Najib yesterday.

“We must ensure the barbarism we see in Syria and Iraq is rooted out.

“We must show that we stand ready to confront terror swiftly. We must never surrender.”

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday afternoon, said the summit could not be more timely or more necessary.

He expressed confidence that the gathering would renew and re-energise the friendship between all the countries present, as well as produce new roadmaps for cooperation, security and understanding.

Najib also noted Malaysia’s experience in rehabilitating those who had strayed has been successful.

“Our de-radicalisation programme has worked with hundreds of extremists, and has had a 95% success rate in re-integrating them so that they can return to the mainstream.

“This shows that even those who have fallen prey to false and evil ideologies can ultimately reject them, and be a warning, an example and an instruction to others,” he said. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today took time off to visit PAS p​​resident Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang who underwent heart surgery at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Tuesday.

“Thank God the surgery went smoothly, he is now in the process of recovery.

“Together we pray he has a speedy recovery and in God’s protection always,” Najib said in his Twitter and Facebook account today..

The Prime Minister spent about 15 minutes meeting with Abdul Hadi’s family and doctors who treated the Marang Member of Parliament.

According to IJN in a statement on Monday, Abdul Hadi underwent a heart valve replacement surgery for a leakage in the heart valve, which has affected his daily activities. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The warmth side of Malaysia’s premier, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with local artistes stood out at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with the Prime Minister at Seri Perdana here tonight.

The two-hour event, attended by about 300 young and veteran artistes, kicked off in a casual atmosphere with the selfie session between Najib and the moderator of the dialogue session Datuk Rosyam Nor, who is also an actor and a film producer.

“Fellow artiste friends will certainly envy seeing me taking selfies with the prime minister,” said Rosyam who jokingly requested Najib to follow his Instagram account, iamrosyam.

Najib then took out his smart phone and replied: “I must post this selfie.”

Both of them were seen hugging each other while taking selfies.

The event was enlivened with performances by several local singers, namely Haziq of Akademi Fantasia (AF) , Syamil (AF) and Wany Hasrita, followed by the dialogue session with Najib.

Meanwhile, famous comedian Zizan Razak said the event organised by the prime minister showed that Najib did not underestimate the contributions of artistes on the country’s development.

“The delivery by the prime minister on TN50 tonight has indirectly motivated the artistes to work harder. I’m hoping that what had been suggested by the fellow artistes would be taken into consideration, especially on the welfare part,” he said when met after the event.

During the question-and-answer session, two arts activists were seen to be involved in a scuffle in front of Najib but it ended with the duo patching things up and shaking hands with each other. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Effective this year, government servants born in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan and serving in peninsular Malaysia are allowed to take one day unrecorded leave for the Kaamatan and Gawai festivals.

The Prime Minister’s Office, in a statement today, said the matter had the agreement of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The statement said it was hoped that the leave would enable these civil servants to celebrate the festivals with their families and the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

Kaamatan falls on May 30 and 31 and Gawai, June 1 and 2. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – There is no “flip-flop” in the government’s decision on the termination of the share sale agreement (SSA) for the Bandar Malaysia development project, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had acted in the best interest of Malaysians by legally terminating the contract in a bid to find a better deal.

“During his trip to Beijing, the prime minister made it clear that the new consortium might include the previous consortium players. So, there is no issue here.

“The deal was never a flip flop. There were certain conditions not fulfilled by the previous consortium, so the government terminated the deal, legally,” he told a press conference after presenting certificate of completion to the trainees of MMC Gamuda’s Tunnelling Training Academy here,today.

Recently, TRX City Sdn Bhd announced that the Bandar Malaysia share sales agreement with Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and China Railway Engineering Corp (M) Sdn Bhd (CREC) involving 60 per cent of the issued and paid-up capital of Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd had lapsed due to the failure of the purchasing companies to fulfill payment obligations.

It was reported that the consortium, IWH-CREC Sdn Bhd, had failed to pay RM7.42 billion for the 60 per cent stake despite it being granted repeated extensions since December 2015.

According to TRX City, the Finance Ministry would continue to retain 100 per cent ownership in Bandar Malaysia and ensure the development of the property truly provides benefits to the country. – BERNAMA

BEIJING – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Monday participated in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation here.

State and government leaders from 28 nations took part in the roundtable discussions of the Belt and Road Initiative, a concept aimed at providing mega infrastructure for international trade.

The meeting took place at Yangi Lake, and was chaired by President Xi Jinping who had come up with the initiative.

Najib also joined in the discussions held over lunch.

Cultural exchanges and people-to-people relations were also a focus of the discussions.

Malaysia is committed to the initiative and had come up with several infrastructure projects such as the East Coast Rail Line, port expansion and modern city construction. – BERNAMA

BEIJING – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is among the 28 world leaders attending the opening of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held today and tomorrow at the Chinese capital.

The forum was officially opened by President Xi Jinping, the Chinese supreme leader who mooted the idea for the initiative in 2013.

Malaysia is among the strategic nations in Southeast Asia in the massive plan by China to mobilise the Belt and Road concept to boost economic cooperation between the countries.

Among the world leaders attending the forum are President Vladmir Putin (Russia), Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), President Recep Tayyio Erdogan (Turkey) and President Joko Widodo (Indonesia).

Malaysian Cabinet Ministers attending the event are Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Malaysian Government’s special representative to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting was also present at the event held at the Chinese National Convention Centre (CNCC).

Malaysia’s commitment to the initiative resulted in several multi-billion ringgit infrastructure projects such as the construction of railway tracks and ports being started. – BERNAMA

BEIJING – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, here today.

Najib, on a five-day working visit to China, will also attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14 and 15.

The ‘One Belt One Road’ is an initiative by Xi to boost trade between countries by providing infrastructure such as ports, railways and highways.

Najib will then join Xi for bilateral talks to discuss economic cooperation between Malaysia and China.

Also present in the delegation are the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan, Trade and Industry Minister II Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek .

In his remarks, Najib said he believed the ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative was a game changer for the entire region, stretching to Europe and Africa.

He added that since they met last November, a lot of initiatives that were agreed upon by both countries had been implemented or were about to be implemented.

“I agree with you (President Xi) that Malaysia and China are not only neighbours but are trusted friends,” Najib said.

The Prime Minister said that although bilateral relations between Malaysia and China was at the highest level, there was scope to deepen and enhance it further. – BERNAMA