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PH: Trump got billions, PM a photo-op, and Malaysians zilch

 | September 14, 2017

All Malaysians got in return from US President Donald Trump was a 'Thank you very much. Appreciate it', says DAP MP Tony Pua.

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Opposition MPs Sim Tze Tzin and Tony Pua wear wigs mocking US President Donald Trump, flanked by PPBM’s Rais Hussin (left) and Amanah’s Dzulkefly Ahmad.

PETALING JAYA: It makes no sense for Malaysia, as a developing country, to fork out billions of dollars to “strengthen” the economy of a first world country, Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders pointed out today.

Pouring cold water onto Prime Minister Najib Razak’s “proud moments” having been given a chance to set foot in the White House and a “six-minute” meeting with United States President Donald Trump, DAP MP Tony Pua said, in truth, Najib had only embarrassed himself.

This is especially so as Trump didn’t even offer anything in return, except for generous use of the word “great”, to Najib’s announcement that Malaysia would be investing almost RM60 billion in the US, said Pua.

“Najib boasted of a US$10 billion (RM42 billion) deal by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to acquire Boeing jetliners, and even publicly offered to ‘persuade’ AirAsia to purchase GE engines.

“That’s like giving not only your daughter’s hand in marriage to the emperor, but trying to offer the cousin’s as well. And all we got in return was a ‘Thank you very much. Appreciate it’.

“The prime minister offered our crown jewels in a vain attempt to please President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign, and we got nothing in return.”

Pua was speaking at a press conference at PPBM’s headquarters here today. Joining him were PKR MP Sim Tze Tzin, PPBM’s Rais Hussin, and Amanah’s Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Rais likened Najib’s offer to help strengthen the US economy to an attempt to teach football to one of the world’s greatest footballers, Lionel Messi, which is “ridiculous”.

“The US’ GDP is about 63 times bigger than ours. And there he goes saying we’re trying to strengthen the US economy.”

He also said Najib’s visit had been the “most expensive photo opportunity”, where the price was the country’s sovereignty and economic stability.

“He’s not only selling our country, but also whatever assets we have.

“Tomorrow there is a massive welcome home ceremony planned, for the hero who gave everything, but got nothing in return,” he quipped.

Sim agreed, saying the normal practice was, when a developing country embarked on an official visit to a first world country, they would come back with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

But Najib, on his three-day visit to the US, ended up providing the US with FDIs instead, said Sim.

“This is the biggest joke.”

Dzulkefly pointed out that the visit had not in any way benefited Malaysians, while Najib got the legitimacy he needed.

“Trump got billions, we got nuts,” he said.

According to foreign reports, Najib, flanked by top advisers in the Cabinet Room in the White House on Tuesday, told Trump that MAS would buy 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight 787 Dreamliners, and would probably add another 25 737s in the near future — a deal he said would be worth more than US$10 billion (RM42 billion) within five years.

The plane purchase was on top of other commitments the prime minister pledged during his visit, including greater investment from Khazanah Nasional, which has already invested about US$400 million in high-technology companies in the US.

Najib also said the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) planned to invest US$3 billion to US$4 billion in US infrastructure development, in addition to the US$7 billion the fund had already invested there.

 

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