November 25, 2009
Najib in Washington DC without any agenda
Prime Minister Najib Razak was in Washington DC today, busy eating nasi lemak and mee goreng as Bernama proudly reports. No mention of meetings with State Department, on Capitol Hill, with the White House, or any think tanks.
Instead he bragged about 1Malaysia to the choir of Malaysians who have already heard it so many times. He also offered some comments on Malaysia’s economy, which according to a recent report is failing to make much progress these days.
What is the point of a 20 million dollar contract with APCO if our prime minister cannot even get a manufactured speaking slot at the National Press Club? We’re not even talking about Brookings or SAIS where one has to have something meaningful to say to be invited. Anyone can speak at the Press Club so long as they can afford the cost of organising the function. Does the concept of 1World not carry much weight in the halls of international diplomacy or in the most powerful city in the world? I guess not.
I think taxpayers should demand to know why, after spending that much money on a DC lobby our prime minister cannot even get an interview on the local news.
On Anwar Ibrahim’s recent trip to the United States, in just a few days he held events at Brookings, SAIS (even our US Ambassador attended the function), Georgetown and the Council on Foreign Relations. He met with officials from the House foreign relations committee, the Senate Foreign relations committee, the state department and the White House. His visit covered in the media including the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and the Washington Post (but not Bernama), Saudi television and ABS-CBN from Manila.
Does the Prime Minister’s flimsy schedule have anything to do with the scandal that just won’t go away? Not PKFZ. Not the Bukit Antarabangsa slide. Not the collapsed bridge. None other than the Mongolian who we cannot talk about. And in the time it took me to write this, how many new designer bags did the Prime Minister’s wife purchase?
Solve World’s Problems With Greater Understanding, Says Najib
WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia, with its background of multiculturalism and tolerance, can play an effective part in promoting deeper understanding between the Muslim world and the West and other divides as well.
The Malaysian prime minister said Malaysia had the ability to reach out to other nations and communities.
“The world may have its problems but things can be resolved with greater understanding of one another.
“Malaysia stands ready to play its role to make it a better world,” he told a gathering of Malaysians at the Malaysian embassy here Tuesday night, organised in conjunction with his visit to Washington.
A grey and rainy American capital greeted Najib when he arrived here Tuesday afternoon from New York where he held meetings with American investors and fund managers in efforts to increase American investments in Malaysia.
In contrast, the scene at the mission was one of warmth and conviviality as Malaysians from various races mingled with each other over satay, mee goreng and other Malaysian favourites. Playing the gracious host was Malaysian ambassador to the United States Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis. Najib, who is also finance minister, reiterated his hope of achieving an economic growth of between five and six per cent for Malaysia in 2010.
“There comes a time when you reach a plateau in the economy. So, we need to do something to reach a higher trajectory in terms of our development,” said the prime minister.
He said this was behind the recent introduction of a series of economic reforms in Malaysia.Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, will leave for Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. — BERNAMA