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Unpatriotic attitude nearly cost us Saudi Aramco deal

 | March 18, 2017

Prime Minister says only when Saudi Aramco received valid information that Malaysia was successful and ranked A, was its trust in Malaysia restored.

petronas_saudi-aramcot_600PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia almost lost a huge investment from Saudi Aramco due to the unpatriotic attitude of certain quarters who channeled incorrect information on this country to the Saudi Arabian oil company, says Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib who is also Finance Minister, said Saudi Aramco was initially reluctant to invest in Malaysia after being fed information that Malaysia had purportedly been placed in the politically risky category.

He said Saudi Aramco was also given information that Malaysia was not a stable country, its Employees Provident Fund was almost bankrupt and that the government was unable to pay the salaries of its public servants.

“This is because there are people who are heartless, their motive is political but the victims are the Malaysian people,” Najib said when launching the Negaraku Expression event at Dataran Putrajaya, here, today.

He said only when given valid information that Malaysia was a successful country and ranked A, was Saudi Aramco’s trust in Malaysia restored. He said Malaysia subsequently received an investment of RM31 billion from the oil company.


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