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Monday, 25 September 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

‘I wanted to portray Malaysia as a successful country during US visit’

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has defended his recent visit to the White House, saying that Malaysia would not venture into any investment if it doesn’t benefit the country.

“When I said I wanted to strengthen the US economy, this doesn’t mean that this is done without taking national interest into consideration.

“This idea is to show that Malaysia is not a supplicant, but we come as a successful country that is recognised globally,” he said at a hi-tea function with the Women Journalists Association (Pertama) here yesterday.

On his Sept 13 visit to the White House in Washington, Najib said the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Khazanah Nasional Bhd had planned to expand their investments in the United States while Malaysia Airlines would purchase more Boeing jets.

Tea with all: Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor taking a picture with senior journalists at the hi-tea in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

The EPF alone is expected to invest between US$3bil (RM12.54bil) and US$4bil (RM16.4bil).

Clarifying the Boeing purchase, Najib said the move was necessary to make MAS the best international airline in the world.

There were two options – Boeing or Airbus – and MAS had chosen to purchase eight Boeing planes, which were the Dreamliners, he said.

Najib said the Opposition should not turn this into an issue as Turkish Airlines had made a larger purchase compared to Malaysia.

“They bought 40 Dreamliner planes, but the Opposition chose to harp on our purchase.

“They shouldn’t resort to myopic views when our intention is to place Malaysia on the international platform,” he said.

Najib also said the visit was historic as he was the first Malaysian prime minister to have received an invitation from the White House, during US President Donald Trump’s first year in office.