If we can accept European investments, why not China’s, says Najib

 |Jan 15, 2017

Malaysia-China Trade.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said that society must not be easily duped by the political farce of certain quarters who say investments from China is akin to pawning off national sovereignty.

He said the investments from China were the same as those by other countries, taking into account the inter-connected world and globalisation.

“Basically, there is no difference between investments from China with those from Europe, Japan, South Korea and others…we can accept investments from the ‘white men’s’ nations, but when from China, (they) say we want to sell sovereignty.

“This is unfair, because investments from China benefits the nation including us in Pahang, not only large investments like ECRL (the construction of the East Coast Train Railway) but the price of palm oil also goes up, to simultaneously profit smallholders and settlers,” he said.

Najib, who is also the Pekan Member of Parliament, said this at “An Evening With the Chinese Community In Pekan Parliament” programme at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Pekan, Pahang.

He also gave his assurance no race would be marginalised in national development, which was the government policy and his responsibility as prime minister.

“As such, we must show our concern by having numerous programmes other than policies which encompass all quarters. (We) must go down to the field to meet, shake hands and give attention to every community’s problem,” he said.

Najib, in his speech, also admitted that SJKC Pekan was close to his heart due to its uniqueness of having 60 per cent Malay pupils followed by Chinese (29 per cent), Orang Asli (15 per cent) and Indian (four per cent).

“This makes the school a reflection of the composition of our society,” he said.

At the ceremony, Najib also handed over ‘ang pow’ to 366 senior citizens and mandarin oranges to the Chinese community which celebrates Chinese New Year on Jan 28.