DESPITE ALL THE SUCKING UP, SAD TO SAY ‘CROOK’ NAJIB IS JUST A ‘TRADE CHEAT’ TO TRUMP: M’SIAN MINISTER CAUGHT ON THE DEFENSIVE, INSISTS NAJIB HAS ‘EXPLAINED’ TO TRUMP

KUALA LUMPUR — Official statistics show that Malaysia’s exports to the US exceed imports from the same country by just US$5 billion (RM20.9 billion), said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

In a written parliamentary reply, the international trade and industries minister also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had conveyed this to US President Donald Trump previously.

“Malaysia’s trade statistics recorded the US only has a trade deficit of US$5 billion for its business with Malaysia, wheres its own statistics shows a deficit of US$25 billion,” he said.

Mustapa added that the discrepancies were a result of differing classifications in how trade was measured, saying that Malaysia did not consider transit destinations as the country of source. The minister said this applied to both exports and imports between the two countries.

“For example, electric and electronics goods which are exported to the US via Singapore, are classified as imported goods from Malaysia and not Singapore,” Mustapa said.

He also said the two countries used different terms for calculating trade value, with Malaysia preferring to apply “Free on Board (FOB)” versus the “Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF)” used by the US.

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In March, AFP reported that Trump was seeking to identify the source of his country’s reported US$50 billion deficit with trading partners.

AFP quoted US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as saying that one order would result in analysts going “country by country, and product by product,” reporting back to Trump within 90 days.

The countries reportedly listed were: Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

MALAY MAIL

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