Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said bilateral ties between Malaysia and the United States will not be affected by Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election.

He said that the US president would obviously have to work together with Malaysia and other countries in various fields.

"I believe that he will adopt an approach that will help the US build cooperation with all countries.

"I myself know him personally, he is not someone new to me," he told reporters after closing the 'Daya E-Usahawan 2016' and opening the 'E-Usahawan@Marketplace' programmes at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

Najib said the US presidential election result which could be described as extraordinary proved that American voters wanted a president who could develop the country's economy and provide jobs that ensure better returns.

"He (Trump) being a successful entrepreneur and billionaire, they (voters) wanted to give the opportunity to a non-conventional politician, not from among those familiar with the experience at the White House.

"The voters want to try something different," he said.

Trump, the candidate from the Republican Party, beat his opponent from the Democrat Party Hillary Clinton in a stiff contest in the presidential election on Tuesday in a major shock after going through what was regarded by some quarters as a bitter and often vicious campaign.

In a thrilling contest all night, Trump achieved marginal victories in many states including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, and even managed to seize states that were pro0Democrat such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

- Bernama

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