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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia recorded a significant economic growth over the pass few years with an increase in Gross National Income (GNI) and secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investment said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said between 2009 and 2016, the country’s GNI had increased by nearly 50 percent with 2.26 million jobs created.

“Inflation and unemployment has been kept low and we have secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investments – at the time when our opponents keep trying to scare people into thinking that Malaysia is going bankrupt.

“Business would not be investing in Malaysia if they thought that. They would not be moving their regional headquarters here, if they thought that,”he said at the [email protected] Commemorative Dinner and Achievement Awards here, tonight.

He cited companies such as Huawei which has made Malaysia its global operation headquarters, HSBC which is investing over RM1 billion to build its future regional head office in the Tun Razak Exchange and Broadcom Limited which will transfer its global distribution hub from Singapore to Malaysia this year, as examples of some FDIs.

Najib said Malaysia is strategically placed for business to access the ASEAN market of 625 million people, and ultimately with the eventual conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to be a gateway to 50 percent of the world’s population and over 30 percent of global GDP.

“We are not just strategically and geographically well placed. It is also a matter of how we wish to interact with the world. We are not interested in harping old grievances, as one former leader still is,”he said, adding that Malaysia also wish to continue to work with friends and partners, near and far.

He said this has led to Malaysia’s relations and friendships with many nations reaching historic highs.

He added that Malaysia has also played a major roles towards the success of ASEAN and that it will continue to contribute to its future successes.

On the way forward for ASEAN, the Prime Minister said for it to realise its potential, ASEAN must be an association that feels real, relevant and tangible to its citizens.

“We need to build that sense of cohesion, solidarity, support, unity, friendship and strength, which will result in greater prosperity and harmony for all our countries,”he said.

Najib noted that peace and stability that ASEAN has brought to the 10 nations, is often unsung, but it should not be forgotten.

He said it was part of the story of ASEAN that should be more widely known and must be shared with the citizens.

“ASEAN has kept the peace in a region once known as the Balkans of Asia, with a multiplicity of ethnicities and faiths, and with a history of conflicts both between neighbours and within states,”he said.

— BERNAMA

 

KOTA BHARU – Kelantan UMNO Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed described the opposition leaders as populists who made promises, especially with coming general election, only to win votes.

Even the promises made, he said, were unrealistic, and if implemented, would create problems for the country.

“They promise to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but the reality is that the government needs money to build infrastructure, as well as pay the salary of the civil servants.

“If GST is to be abolished, about RM40 billion from the country’s revenue will be gone and this will certainly creates problems to the country,” he told reporters after closing the Fire and Rescue Department’s Sports Meet (SUKBOM) here last night.

Mustapa, who is International Trade and Industry Minister, was commenting on promises made by Pakatan Harapan to be implemented within 100 days should they win in the 14th general election.

He advised the people not to be influenced by the opposition’s promises.

— BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today pointed out that the opposition political parties continue to hurl baseless allegations at the federal government, even accusing it of neglecting the opposition-held states of Kelantan, Penang and Selangor.

The government had repeatedly replied to their allegations, he said, and he called on them to cease making these unfounded allegations.

He said it was sad that the opposition parties did not tell the truth, but accused the government of being tyrannical and neglecting the opposition-held states.

Even a former menteri besar of Kedah had wrongfully accused the federal government of neglecting that state, he added.

“The government is always concerned about Malaysians, regardless of whether they are in states administered by the opposition or the Barisan Nasional,” he said in an audio clip on his blog, www.najibrazak.com, and provided an explanation to back his statement.

Najib said the federal government allocated funds annually for all the states, including those under opposition administration.

The funds were given in accordance with the total population for maintenance of state roads, as annual grants to the local authorities, to meet shortfalls in the operating account, and other needs, he said

“In fact, these allocations are raised every year. In 2015, the total amount of funds given to the states was RM6.74 billion,” he said.

Najib said that between 2011 and 2015, Kelantan was given RM1.94 billion, including RM378.85 million to meet a shortfall in the operating account.

During the same period, Penang received RM950.44 million and Selangor, RM3.63 billion which included a special annual grant of RM25.81 million, he said.

The Prime Minister said these amounts did not include the federal government projects valued at billions of ringgit in these states, such as the construction of schools, hospitals, roads, affordable homes, people’s housing projects and police stations.

— BERNAMA

SANDAKAN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.

He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.

“Like for example when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.

“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.

Najib said this when officiating the “Ekpresi Negaraku” programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here today.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, several state and federal Cabinet ministers as well as community leaders.

He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.

As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.

“Which (opposition party) can set up a stable government. Parti Keadilan Rakyat thinks of something the DAP thinks differently. (Tun Dr) Mahathir has a different view. (Datin Seri) Dr Wan Azizah thinks of something else. (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin has different thoughts, (Datuk Seri) Shafie has other thoughts.

“Look at their statements. All sorts of comments. Today they say something, tomorrow they say something else. That is why I say they are experts at ‘U’ turns,”he said.

Najib also said the opposition parties were trying to trick the people by promising that if they came to power, they would abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and they questioned where the remainder of the RM41 bilion GST collected by the government each year after the RM6 billion which has been given to the people through the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) went.

“Where did the remainder of the money go to? It went to our security forces, our schools, our teachers, our hospitals, our doctors, nurses, roads, water and many other things for the well-being of our people,” stressed Najib.

” Don’t lie. If they win, they said they would abolish the GST. It is easy to talk, talk is cheap. But if we take out RM41 billion from the budget, how do we make up for it?”

“Where do we get RM41 billion? Maybe by letting go of civil servants. may their allowances have to be cut. Maybe do away with BR1M, maybe don’t have people’s housing projects, maybe no roads, maybe postpone the Pan Borneo Highway,” he said.

Najib reminded the opposition parties not to lie to the people by making senseless criticisms because ultimately, it is the people and the nation that will be affected whereas the BN government wants to do so much more more to help the people.

In the case of Sabah and its people, Najib said he was always concerned about the wishes and wants of the state government under Musa’s leadership.

“Datuk Musa as Chief Minister always writes to me and always meets me. I like giving in to him because he does it properly. He does not make open statements. He comes to see me because we are one family, the BN (Barisan Nasional) family,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The opposition is only capable of making promises to draw political support, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On the opposition’s vehement objection to the goods and services tax (GST), he said it was politicising the issue without its feet on the ground.

“If we reject GST, it means, we are rejecting more than RM50 billion annually of the (RM260 billion) budget, and the government really cannot function and serve the people.

“RM260 billion minus RM50 billion equals RM210 billion. It is not even sufficient to pay for civil servants’ allowances. The opposition’s calculation is unrealistic and not relevant,” he said.

Najib who is also UMNO president told reporters this after chairing the party s supreme council meeting here tonight.

Also present were UMNO vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also carrying out the duties of the party deputy president, vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, and wing leaders.

On the meeting tonight, Najib said it was focused more on efforts to ensure the success of the mass gathering in conjunction with UMNO’s 71st anniversary at Stadium Bukit Jalil on May 11.

He said about 100,000 members were expected to congregate in a red wave at the stadium to express their commitment to the party, towards victory in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Meanwhile, Najib said the branch meetings which were being held since March 17 were going on smoothly. Without stating the figure, he also said the number of UMNO members had increased.

He said preparations for GE14, politics and the economy were also discussed during the meeting.

— BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – A fifth photo of a man and a woman said to resemble two DAP leaders in close proximity has emerged.

This time, the couple is seen looking at a mobile phone with the light from the screen reflected on their faces.

On Tuesday, four pictures of the couple, said to resemble DAP Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and DAP Youth committee member Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud were widely circulated on social media.

Zairil, however, denied that he was the man in the photo and insisted that the photos were “fake”.

“No, it’s not me. It is clearly another attempt to malign me with personal attacks.

“They are fake and that’s all I have to say,” he said in a WhatsApp message on Wednesday.

In the previous four undated photographs, the couple were seated at a table in a restaurant with at least two other people.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dyana Sofya said it was the third personal attack on her in two months.

She said no matter who was in the photos or videos in which she was allegedly featured, these were privacy intrusions into that person’s life. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today rapped opposition leaders who often make it a priority to bad-mouth Malaysia every time he embarks on overseas missions, saying that it is a form of economic sabotage.

In his blog post at najibrazak.com, the prime minister said such an action was indeed a big mistake because it was as if they wanted to chase away foreign investors from this country.

“Wouldn’t it be a loss to our own people? Doesn’t it show that they (opposition leaders) do not have a strong feeling of love for their own homeland?

“I also believe that their action to bad-mouth Malaysia is actually an attempt to cover their own shortcomings in terms of administration and public delivery,” he said.

Citing the attitude of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Najib said the DAP secretary-general had been boasting about Penang being the preferred destination for foreign investors.

However, Najib said when many foreign investors left Penang, Lim changed his stand, prompting his supporters to begin accusing the federal government of selling the country when it managed to lure many foreign investments to Malaysia.

Meantime, the prime minister questioned the opposition’s logic in claiming that the country was sold through foreign investments, while at the same time Malaysian citizens and companies invested nearly RM569.5 billion abroad.

“According to the logic adopted by the opposition, I wonder which country has actually sold its dignity and sovereignty to Malaysia?

“There are certain quarters who repeatedly claimed that Malaysia is a failed state and as long as I can remember, they have been doing so for decades,” he added.

Najib said the opposition leaders should use their common sense and judge for themselves the confidence foreign leaders had in Malaysia, especially with the visits from heads of state, including the President of France, King of Saudi Arabia, President of the Philippines, President of the United States and Prime Minister of Singapore over the past couple of years.

Besides, Najib said Malaysia was well received during his official visits to China, Japan, Indonesia, Germany and many other countries.

“In fact, from all the visits, we have managed to forge cooperation which will benefit Malaysia, like the agreement worth RM31 billion with Aramco and the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) worth RM144 billion with China for instance.

“According to the facts given, is it apt to call Malaysia a failed state as bandied about by the opposition?” asked the prime minister, who is now on a six-day official visit to India.

Najib said his official visits differed greatly from any overseas missions carried out by the opposition leaders as the federal government adhered to the four main agenda, including to enhance bilateral cooperation and explore new opportunities; and also to strengthen diplomatic ties.

He said the official visits would also open more room for investments and create opportunities for Malaysian companies to spread their wings overseas; as well as to lure foreign investments to Malaysia.

In conjunction with his visit to India, Najib hoped that more efforts could be taken to realise Malaysia’s potential, and that his main focus now was to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two country.

“I believe that the Malaysian delegation, from the top-level management to the young officials would work hard in ensuring success of the visit, not only in strengthening the ties, but also in achieving results that will benefit our people.

“Let us pray for the success of the official visit to India and the success of our efforts to further develop our beloved country, Malaysia, Insya-Allah,” he added.

— BERNAMA

SEREMBAN – Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan reminded the people in the state against being influenced by the empty promises made by the opposition parties.

He said they were certainly good in making various promises, but these promises clearly could not be fulfilled.

“Don’t listen to them (opposition)…promise all kinds of things. They can make various promises. Previously, they promised free water…of course it’s free because there is no water (fererring to the Selangor water crisis). In fact, they promised previously there won’t be any tax, but now the tax has doubled.

“Previously they promised to give an allowance to single mothers every month, but there is no such thing. In fact many Indian community living near the Selangor-Negeri Sembilan border in Sepang and Semenyih, entered Negeri Sembilan seeking for assistance from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) and we approved them,” he said here, last night.

He said this at the Silver Jubilee dinner and Deepavali celebration of the Indian Progressive Party (IPF), here. Also present were IPF president Datuk M. Sambanthan and Negeri Sembilan IPF president S. Visvanathan.

Mohamad, who is also State Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said every one could make promises but if they were not fulfilled, they would be useless.

Commenting further, he said the people must look ahead because the road ahead was still far for the people to face together in improving the country from the present state.

“If we still look at the smaller trivial picture, I am afraid we will fall into a trap which should not have been the case. Our problem ahead is how to ensure that efforts are intensified to continue to bring development to the country in the interest of the 30 million people.

“This is of utmost importance. Don’t listen to others (opposition)…this is not right. We should correct whatever is wrong. What is important is that the people are not trapped by an uncertain political situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking to Bernama, Sambanthan said the IPF would continue to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the 14th general election even though the party had yet to join the BN.

“We are ‘Friends of BN’ and will continue to give our support to BN. The IPF now has more than 138,000 members with 79 divisions nationwide,” he said. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ended its 11th annual national congress today in a state of doubts or lack confidence as the party leaders appeal for unity among the opposition parties.

As if that is not enough, within PKR itself deputy president Azmin Ali once again reiterated, for several times that he was not at loggerheads with party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.

PKR, the glue or rallying point of opposition parties at one time is now considered tame as it tries to play the role of moderator to accommodate its partners that are poles apart in ideologies and objectives.

For a start in the absence of the party de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the party’s congress whih began on Saturday and ended yesterday was not attended by PAS and DAP top leaders.

Absent were DAP stalwarts Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Absent was also the firebrand speech by Anwar that normally would also state the party stand on several national issues which would fill up the front pages of the media.

Being a multi-racial Malay-based party, Anwar who managed to unite and rally the opposition parties together is no longer around physically to oversee matters.

Succeeded by his wife Wan Azizah, the confidence of party leaders from within and partner parties has eroded somehow and DAP, the Chinese-based multi-racial party, is pushing its ‘mind in trying to mould’ the opposition pact according to its aspiration.

PAS, the Islamist party that DAP having problem to tame, is as independent as during Anwar’s time when he called the shots in the pact, does not fully recognise Wan Azizah as a leader.

Not seeing eye-to-eye, DAP has been practically pressuring PKR to cut ties with PAS which the former has been brushing aside.

Adding to the complication of the marriage of convenience of the opposition pact is the newly formed Parti Amanah Nasional (Amanah), comprising rejected PAS leaders, who DAP backed and insisted it must be in the pact.

As PKR walks the delicate line so as not to antagonise ans slight any of the partners, Azmin takes the ‘father figure’ of ensuring none of them ‘goes out of the line’ to ensure all are intact and together.

And to allay suspicions from within and among partners, Azmin reiterated that he is a party man in and out and follows the decisions of the party leadership.

In short, the just concluded PKR’s congress is a reflection of the party trying to continue playing its role of uniting and rallying the oppositions together at a time when confidence and trust of the partner parties are at its low level.

Whether PKR can sustain its position or not, the reality is obvious – DAP has questioned the party’s stand in Penang and Selangor while PAS is on its own pursuing its Islamic state and Hudud objectives.

Both parties seem to have their own mind and with no rallying point between them, PKR’s appeal may just be ignored and Pakatan Harapan may just remain as a hope and dream.-MYNEWSHUB.CC/Text: Hassan Idris

KUALA LUMPUR – The DAP said today the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact would appoint a substitute for MP Tony Pua in the proposed open debate with 1Malaysia Development Berhad president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

This follows the decision of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to prohibit Pua from debating with Arul Kanda because the Petaling Jaya Utara MP is a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Pua’s substitute would be determined at a meeting of the Pakatan Harapan secretariat chiefs.

“We do not foresee any problem in finding a substitude,” he said.

Lim’s statement is seen as ignoring Pandikar Amin’s statement that Arul Kanda himself would be unable to appear as a witness in the PAC investigation into 1MDB if he participates in an open debate.

In view of the prohibition imposed by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, many people think that the live television debate on 1MDB would not take place.

Last Saturday, Arul Kanda accepted Pua’s challenge to have the unconditional open debate on 1MDB, and the matter raised mixed reactions from various quarters.

Pandikar Amin announced his decision on the debate in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. – BERNAMA