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Stop ‘economic sabotage’ for Malaysia’s sake, Najib tells critics

Stop ‘economic sabotage’ for Malaysia’s sake, Najib tells critics
Saudi Arabia's King Salman (left) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak. Reuters file photo
Published: 11:35 AM, March 20, 2017
Updated: 1:11 PM, March 20, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded with his critics on Monday (March 20) against “sabotaging” the country’s economy, citing the adverse impact it would have on the nation.

The prime minister also advised his detractors to keep the country’s best interests at heart, despite different political leanings.

“There are some sentiments which can influence, via ambitions aimed at demonising our economy by making baseless accusations or incorrect ones.

“So it is not fair to continue this. Though we have different political importance, but the national interest cannot be pawned for party politics because national interest must be above all,” Mr Najib said in a parliamentary reply in Kuala Lumpur.

He was responding to Barisan Nasional’s Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim, who had asked how Putrajaya plans to react against what he called economic saboteurs.

“So I plead: Let there be no such elements. Like I said recently, we almost lost a deal from Aramco worth RM31 billion (S$9.77 billion) because of utterly wrong facts because of certain parties,” he said.

Last month, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco purchased a 50 per cent equity in the Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project for RM31 billion.

The investment was said to be Saudi Aramco’s biggest downstream investment outside the kingdom. MALAY MAIL ONLINE