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Malaysian High Commissioner refutes Financial Times’ report

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – February 2, 2016: The Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland has refuted a misleading report by Financial Times’ (FT) on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi in a letter to FT pointed out that many Malaysians were puzzled by the newspaper’s recent attack on the record of Najib’s performance as the country’s prime minister and finance minister.

Rasidi said the FT’s report was disparaging to Najib’s credibility and seemed to suggest that his leadership of Malaysia has been “disastrous.”

He stressed that the report had contradicted “real, tangible progress” that has been made since Najib assumed office in 2009.

“To give a few examples; Malaysian gross national income has grown by 47.7 per cent, 1.8 million jobs have been created.

“Private investment in the country has more than tripled since the establishment of his ‘Economic Transformation Programme’ in 2010.

“Unemployment has declined to under three per cent from 3.7 per cent in 2009 and Malaysia’s poverty rate has been cut in half,” Rasidi wrote in FT’s letters to the editor section.

He added that on the global stage, Malaysia’s relations with both China and the United States (US) have never been better.

“While President Barrack Obama recently described Malaysia’s voice as being ‘critical’ in the debate that is taking place internationally around terrorism.

“I know the FT sets the bar high, but if these and many other factual achievements make him a ‘disastrous’ prime minister, we wonder what he would have to do to be considered successful by your leader writers,” he wrote.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.