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Your enemy is our enemy too, Najib tells Trump

Your enemy is our enemy too, Najib tells Trump”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is here at the invitation of President Donald Trump, said Malaysia is not asking for money from the United States.

In an opinion piece published by The Hill, a US-daily newspaper covering its Congress and local politics, Najib said shared efforts between Malaysia and U.S. against violent extremism is the best example of its long standing relationship.

He said the prime minister also used religion for political purposes in risky ways, which encouraged the rise of religious intolerance in the country by promoting a "pro-Islamic" agenda that appealed to conservative Malay voters, as part of efforts to hold on to power.

"Investing in a long-term relationship between our countries, that in itself provides a foundation for us to address issues of concern, and that would include corruption and transparency", a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The South China Sea will also be part of the talks, as will trade and investment, Sanders said.

He said this at a gathering with Malaysian students and Malaysians living in the United States, at the Malaysian Embassy here.

Najib had once enjoyed close ties with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, playing golf with the Democratic president in Hawaii in 2014.

"It's clear that Najib is desperate to show that his worldwide reputation is untarnished by the 1MDB scandal, and Trump's invitation provides just the boost he is looking for".

In its latest court filings in California, in June, the DoJ said it was seeking to seize US$540 million (RM2.3 billion) in assets including art works, jewellery, a yacht worth worth US$165 million, and film rights purchased with funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.

He said contrary to Najib's speech in April on the "thriving" freedom of speech in Malaysia, the reality was that the government had arrested dozens of opposition politicians and activists, and charged them with sedition and other offences for criticising the government or Najib on social media.

Najib, who has boasted about golfing with Trump, is less likely to hear about human rights issues from the Republican.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor met with Malaysians living in the United States at a dinner at the Malaysian Embassy in Washington on Monday (Sept 11).



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