Trump impressed with Malaysia’s growth

Nov 29, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump and Malaysia Premier Najib Razak had a telephone conversation two nights ago.
US President-elect Donald Trump and Malaysia Premier Najib Razak had a telephone conversation two nights ago.

Malaysia’s economy is heading on the right track as the country recorded 4.3% growth in third quarter this year.

US President-elect Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Najib Razak that he was impressed by Malaysia’s 4.3% economic growth in the third quarter of this year.

Najib has spoken to Trump two nights ago.

Trump apparently had asked on Malaysia’s economy growth.

Najib had told him that the country had recorded 4.3% growth in the third quarter of this year.

United States is only growing at 1% and Trump wants to see a 4% growth.

“(Trump said) if that is so, Malaysia’s economy is very good.

“That was the spontaneous reaction from the president-elect,” said Najib during TV3’s ‘Soal Jawab’ programme last night, reported NST.

Najib was responding to a question on claims that Malaysia could be heading towards bankruptcy.

He rubbished such claims, saying these allegations were not supported by credible facts, and were made by those with vested interests.

Neither rating body Moody’s representatives or Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, whom Najib have met recently have indicated that Malaysia was in trouble or crisis.

“When I look at all of these and supported by facts, the claims that we will be a failed state and bankrupt are political attacks which we need to explain to the people,” he said.

Najib was asked how the global crisis and geo-political developments, including on new policies from the US once Trump takes over the presidency in January, would affect Malaysia.

He said Trump had said that he would do certain things which could trigger unease and reactions among other nations.

“I am looking at the reality. The president-elect has realised that not all what he had said during his campaign can be executed and that is the reality.

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