Mahathir: People sore over Najib's meeting with Trump
Mahathir Mohamad also claims Najib Razak was badly treated at the White House as there was no official reception or lunch held in his honour while he was there.
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned Prime Minister Najib Razak that he is mistaken if he thinks his recent meeting with US President Donald Trump has won him brownie points with Malaysians back home.
The chairman of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PPBM claimed that feedback on the ground pointed to the public being âsoreâ over what transpired during the White House meeting on Sept 12.
He also alleged Najib was not given the treatment befitting a state leader during his US visit as no official reception or formal meal were held in his honour by the presidentâs office.
âHe (Naj ib) was badly treated there. There was no welcome reception, and not even lunch provided,â he said.
Saying there was nothing for Najib and Malaysians in general to be proud of about the meeting, Mahathir added, âHeâs mistaken if he thinks the public feels good about his meeting.â
âPeople are sore over the fact that this country has no money but is giving money to the US to help them build their infrastructure,â he told reporters at the Yayasan Al-Bukhary here today, hours ahead of Najibâs return from his US trip.
Najib had reportedly told Trump that Malaysia Airlines would purchase 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight 787 Dreamliners, with another 25 737s slated for purchase in the near future.
He said the deal would be worth more than US$10 billion (RM41.9 billion) within five years.
He also said in the same meeting that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) would invest between US$3 billion to US$4 billion (RM12.57 billion to RM16.76 bil lion) on US infrastructure development.
This would be in addition to the US$7 billion (RM29.33 billion) the fund had already invested there.
Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Ministerâs Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Malaysia Airlinesâ purchase of the Boeing planes was nothing new.
âIn July 2016, it was already widely reported that MAS had signed a deal to purchase up to 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets, with orders for 25, and rights to purchase 25 more in a deal valued at US$5.5 billion at list prices,â he said.
âSimilarly, in August 2017, the media also reported that due to the success of MASâ restructuring and its current growth, it was already deep in negotiations to purchase 30 more new Boeing 786s or Airbus jets to allow MAS to continue growing its routes and business,â he added.
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