Prime Minister Najib Razak congratulated the newly elected 45th President of United States Donald John Trump, adding that Malaysia was looking forward to strengthen Putrajaya-Washington ties under the new president.
In a statement from Putrajaya today, Najib said the world had watched this year’s presidential election with fascination.
“At almost every turn, media commentators had been proven wrong and the results anticipated by experts had been overturned.
“Donald Trump was considered a distant outsider when his candidacy was first announced and he beat the establishment consensus by winning the Republican nomination, and did so again with his remarkable victory today,” Najib pointed out.
The Malaysian premier said Trump’s triumph showed that politicians should never take voters for granted.
“Opinion polls, and established political figures, all underestimated the strength of his support.
“His appeal to Americans who had been left behind, those who want to see their government more focused on their interests and welfare, and less embroiled in foreign interventions that proved to be against US interests, had won Trump the White House,” Najib added.
In 2014 the US and Malaysia elevated both relationship to a comprehensive partnership, and now both are firm allies in the worldwide to fight against terrorism and extremism.
“We look forward to continuing this partnership under President-elect Trump. I congratulate him on this extraordinary victory, and look forward to meeting him again soon.” said Najib.