KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said he will never sell off the country’s sovereignty, stressing that the country’s warming ties with China would not jeopardise Malaysia’s sovereignty.
Hitting back at critics, Najib listed multiple business initiatives between Malaysia and China, saying that these are the “real and transformative results of the excellent relations” that the two countries have built.
“These relations do not compromise sovereignty one bit, contrary to what Opposition politicians here have said. I will never sell Malaysia’s sovereignty,” he said at the grand opening of China Construction Bank’s branch in Malaysia.
Najib instead said Malaysia has always been a country that is “open and friendly to all” that is a preferred destination for foreign direct investment.
“To turn away these investments out of a narrow and foolish belief — and a fundamental misunderstanding of economics — would only be bad for this country,” he said.
“To those critics who say ‘too much, too fast, too soon’, I say this: If you want to delay Malaysia’s development, if you want Malaysia to fall behind, and if you don’t want jobs to be created or levels of income to rise, then you go and campaign on that platform,” he said, without naming these critics.
“I will never apologise for facilitating investment in Malaysia. These ventures are in the interests of all, for the rakyat here in Malaysia and for our partners from abroad,” he added.
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