The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) and International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), In a joint statement, has denied allegations that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s portrait was removed during an event held last year in Milan, Italy.
The statement which was issued on Wednesday, Dec 14 maintained that the alleged photo removal had never taken place and the claim made by Pribumi president Muhyiddin Yassin were baseless.
“All the parties involved in organising the Malaysia Pavilion have confirmed that the claim on the alleged photo removal was unfounded.
“We regret the attempt to undermine the professionalism and competence of officials involved in the management of the Expo,” it said.
Muhyiddin, in his speech recently claimed that Najib’s photo was removed to avoid embarrassing Malaysia further due to the controversy surrounding the state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Miti had led the Expo Milano from May 1 to Oct 13 last year, and the Malaysia Pavilion was set up to showcase Malaysia to an international audience, with a special emphasis on Malaysia’s sustainable development and biodiversity.