KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 2017 : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants certain parties to stop from indulging in economic sabotage in the interest of the people and country.
He said the views and opinions made without facts and basis aimed to undermine the national economy and would create sentiments that could affect the national economy.
“As such, this should not be continued although we have political differences, but national interests should not be gambled away in matters concerning party politics.
“This is of utmost importance because national interest supersedes everything else and this is what I hope for and I appeal that such elements do not crop up,” he said in the oral question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat, here today.
He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN Kuala Selangor) who wanted to know how the government tackled the pressure on the ringgit and the economic sabotage carried out by certain parties to the effect that national economic stability was jeopardised.
He cited the example where the government almost missed the chance of getting a substantial Saudi Aramco investment of RM31 billion recently because of a sabotage carried out by such groups.
However, he said, the government managed to convince the investors concerned by presenting accurate facts on the actual economic situation in the country.
“Alhamdulillah (with the will of Allah), we managed to convince them that the Malaysian economy is very well handled and we received high ratings from the ratings agencies.
“For example, we are in category ‘A-‘, there are only a few countries in the ‘A’ category, but what was being spread by certain parties was otherwise,” he said.
Earlier when replying to the original question from Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP Kepong) who wanted to know how the government had overcome the pressure on the ringgit, the Prime Minister said the declining currency rate was not unique to Malaysia alone, but the situation was also faced by the regional currencies which reflected a strengthening of the United States’ dollar. – Bernama