PUTRAJAYA – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged everyone to stop turning the issues involving corporate figure Tan Sri Robert Kuok into a political polemic.
He said Kuok had already expressed his appreciation for the opportunities he had in this country and recognised the contributions made by all Malaysians towards the development of the nation.
“This matter has been resolved by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself and in fact, he welcomed Kuok’s statement. The prime minister and cabinet ministers have already informed component party members about this.
“He (Najib) also gave his statement on the issues, and the government welcomed that.
“He had requested that this issue not be turned into a polemic, so we accept this with an open heart,” he said after receiving a courtesy call from Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Hussien Saeed Qattan at his office here.
During the Central Zone-level of the Open Interview for 1Malaysia Training Scheme, Najib had said that “Sugar King” Kuok would not have made his fortune without government policies that were a key to his success. He said, although Kuok was hardworking and had the right to pursue wealth, even the richest man in Malaysia needed an opportunity which opened doors to his success.
Political blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin was recently reported to have claimed that Kuok harboured an agenda to replace the current government with one led by DAP.
On the courtesy visit, Zahid said matters discussed during the 30-minute meeting included security issues such as deradicalisation programmes.
Zahid and the ambassador also discussed the programmes for Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Abdulaziz Saud Nayef Abdulaziz Al Saud’s visit to the country on March 13 and 14.
“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia on security aspects. We will share our experience and expertise on the deradicalisation programmes for Islamic States militants,” he said.