PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang says Prime Minister Najib Razak should not send mixed messages over his meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the White House earlier this month.
Referring to Najib’s comment yesterday that his comment to Trump on wanting to help strengthen the US economy had been “misconstrued” to “confuse the rakyat”, the DAP supremo said there was nothing to misconstrue based purely on the official transcript of the conversation between the two leaders.
Yesterday, Najib clarified his White House comments, during a meeting with female media practitioners.
“I said that I was there to strengthen the economy which did not mean that we will contribute to the US economy without receiving anything from its economy.
“I meant that we were not there to ask for alms but that we were there as a successful country which has the potential to be a significant global player,” Najib had said.
Lim, who is DAP parliamentary leader, said after referring to the official transcript, he noted there was nothing of what Najib had implied in his comments yesterday.
“According to the transcript, Najib did not mention a single word about expecting the United States to contribute to the Malaysian economy or that Malaysia was not asking for alms as Malaysia was a successful country with the potential to be a significant global player.
“Were these remarks omitted from the transcript released by the White House itself.
“In that case, is the Prime Minister’s Office going to issue another ‘transcript’ of what Najib said at the White House in his meeting with President Trump to prove that he had been ‘misconstrued’?” Lim said in a statement.
The Gelang Patah MP added that in the absence of a second “transcript” and a second “video” of the Najib-Trump exchange of Najib’s visit to the White House on Sept 12, the people can only go by the transcript and the 5-minute 58-second video released by the White House.
It has previously been reported that the transcript released by the White House, which matched the video, was part of the initial meeting between Najib and Trump that was open to the press for coverage purpose. This had been attested to by Malaysian media who had accompanied the prime minister’s delegation.
The rest of the meeting, according to members in Najib’s delegation, was held behind closed doors.
Lim, however, called for the Prime Minister’s Office to release a second transcript with more information on the discussion between the two leaders.