The opposition’s criticisms of BN’s effort to draw investments from China made things worse for the Chinese business community, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Speaking at the 60th-anniversary dinner of Federation of Hokkien Associations of Malaysia (FHAM) in Serdang today, Najib said foreign investments must be encouraged because it was good for the economy.
“The member of the opposition are attacking us because we bring in Chinese investment.
“That’s a very good reason for all of us not to support the opposition because they are not telling us what’s good for Malaysia and Chinese community,” he said.
Najib argued that foreign investments would benefit both big corporations as well as small and medium-sized industries.
He cited how his administration’s work in China had helped Malaysia’s palm oil and durian industry.
“I went to China, I asked President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang to consider buying our palm oil and the Chinese government responded.
“I believe the durian prices in Malaysia is now at an all-time high. Musang King, for example, was selling at RM80 or even RM100 (per kilogram) and beyond.
“That was largely because China has allowed export of durian products to China. Birdnest will find its way to China. Even unprocessed birdnest were accepted by China,” he said.
In view of this, he said that the opposition’s criticism of Putrajaya’s ties with China was extremely myopic.
Najib’s speech was peppered with hokkien words such as “dai keh ho” (good day everyone), “kam xia” (thank you) and stressed that he was the “xiuxiong” (prime minister).
He said that his administration was fair to the Chinese community, citing the how there were new Chinese schools built under his watch.
He was referring to new Kuantan Independent High School, the new branch of Foon Yew High School in Johor as well as government efforts to resolve teacher shortages among Chinese schools.
“This is how fair and just this current BN government is,” he said, adding he had agreed last week that new Chinese schools will be built in areas with high Chinese populations.
He also urged pupils from Chinese Primary Schools to enhance their proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia to strengthen national unity.