On working visit to the US, prime minister urges overseas Malaysians to bring home their creativity.
LOS ANGELES: The prime minister, Najib Razak, has pledged to continue to work for a greater Malaysia for as long as he is in office.
Speaking to a gathering of overseas Malaysians here, Najib said his government was taking steps to ease the rakyat’s burden in strengthening their future.
Malaysia was working towards a more resilient economy for the benefit of its people, he told about 300 Malaysians gathered at the official residence of the Malaysian consul-general, Raja Saifful Ridzuwan Raja Kamaruddin on Saturday.
“We want people from Perlis to Sabah to feel Malaysia is a wonderful place to live in,” said Najib who is on a week-long working visit to the United States for an Asean meeting with US officials.
Sometimes, the government has to take tough action for the benefit of the country and its future. Citing the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, Najib said the tough action taken by his administration had largely offset the impact of the current economic challenges as a result of the slowing down of the world’s economic growth and the decline in oil and commodity prices.
“GST was necessary as the country was experiencing a shortfall of RM40 billion in revenue this year, following the global economic challenges. Imagine without (revenue from) GST, what would be the impact (of the global economic challenges) to the country’s economy and welfare of its people,” said the prime minister.
GST was like taking medicine, a bit bitter now but with the patient getting stronger later.
The recent 2016 Budget review was to attain a sustainable economic growth during the current global economic challenges, he said.
He cited the International Monetary Fund as having given Malaysia a thumbs-up for its economic performances in this challenging times.
“IMF said Malaysia’s economy performed well despite those challenges. It also praised the prudent spending in Malaysia,” he said.
Bloomberg had also ranked Malaysia as the sixth most promising market.
He cautioned Malaysians to be wary of those who would like to put the country down and distrupt its stability.
Najib urged Malaysians working in the US to bring home their innovative and creative skills for Malaysia’s benefit.