Validated by the ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’

“Ahlan wa sahlan, Your Majesty” is probably what Foreign Minister Anifah Aman uttered whilst shaking King Salman’s hand to greet him

The visiting King of Saudi Arabia His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdulaziz Al Said validates and backs Malaysia’s effort to  help and alleviate the position of other Muslims, especially downtrodden and dire need of assistance all over the world.

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Riyadh backs KL initiatives to help Muslims – King Salman Abdulaziz

BY BERNAMA – 26 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 11:29 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia said Riyadh is prepared to support the initiatives undertaken by Kuala Lumpur to help fellow Muslims.

“We want to stress that generally the Saudi Arabian government will always assist in whatever matter to benefit Muslims and help Muslims universally.

“We are ready to extend assistance and all resources that we have to help Malaysia realise its efforts to help other Muslims,” he said in his speech at a banquet at Istana Negara tonight in honour of his state visit to Malaysia.

The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques spoke in Arabic which was translated into Bahasa Malaysia at the banquet which was hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.

The ceremony was part of programmes on the first day of the four-day state visit of King Salman Abdulaziz to Malaysia, his first visit to this country since ascending the throne on Jan 23, 2015.

Also present at the banquet were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Cabinet ministers.

Also present was former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Meanwhile, King Salman Abdulaziz said he was very happy and proud at the level of progress and cooperation achieved in all fields between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

“We hope the cooperation can be continued for the benefit of both countries.” King Salman Abdulaziz also expressed his highest appreciation and thanks to the Malaysian government and the people of Malaysia at the grand welcome and cordial treatment accorded to him. –BERNAMA

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The tight and meaningful relationship between Saudi and Malaysia is reflected in the highest nation award bestowed by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong IV Tuanku Sultan Muhamad V to His Majesty King Salman.

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His Majesty SPB YDP Along XV Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V bestowed nation's highest award DMN award to His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

His Majesty SPB YDP Along XV Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V bestowed nation’s highest award DMN award to His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

King Salman Abdulaziz bestowed nation’s highest award


Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today bestowed the nation’s highest award to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud at Istana Negara here.

The Saudi monarch was awarded the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N) at a special ceremony ahead of the state banquet in honour of the visiting King.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were present.

King Salman Abdulaziz, who is also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is on a four-day state visit to Malaysia starting today, at the invitation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. King Salman was accorded a state welcome at Parliament Square at the start of his visit earlier today. – BERNAMA

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Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has been introducing the concept of ‘moderate Muslim’ or more aptly, taking everything in balance and moderation, ‘Wassatiyah’.

This centre liberal without sacrificing fundamental values and practices of the faith is a tool to progress Muslims to be more active in gaining the best in the fields and project tolerance in the dynamism of the global world.

The Validation and backing of this by King Salman, who also holds the revered title amongst the Muslims ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ and willingness to make the rare journey to South East Asia where Malaysia is the first stop, a mark of very respect and recognition.

King Salman is also believed to be instrumental in Saudi State Petrol Giant Aramco to invest USD 27 bil in Petronas project RAPID in Penggeramg, South East of Johor is a testimony that His Majesty value the heightened investment and trade with Malaysia.

Reuters story:

BUSINESS NEWS | Wed Feb 22, 2017 | 3:03pm GMT

Exclusive – Malaysia’s Petronas, Saudi Aramco to sign deal on RAPID refinery project

February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

By Emily Chow and Reem Shamseddine | KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia’s state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and Saudi Aramco are expected to sign an agreement to collaborate in Malaysia’s Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project, two industry sources said on Wednesday.

Petronas and Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, appear to be closer to agreeing to terms after sources told Reuters last month that Aramco was suspending a planned partnership in RAPID, a $27 billion (22 billion pounds) refining and petrochemical complex in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.

An agreement is expected to be signed on Monday, said one of the sources who has knowledge of the matter and declined to be identified, during a visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to Malaysia. Neither of the sources had any firm details on the particulars of the agreement.

Saudi Aramco declined to comment and a Petronas spokesman said the company could not “offer any comment at this point in time.”

The Malaysian government said King Salman is expected to arrive in Malaysia on Sunday in the first leg of his tour to Asia. It is Saudi Arabia’s first official visit to Malaysia in over a decade. King Salman will be accompanied by ministers and business leaders.

A business forum is also being planned in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The RAPID project is designed to process 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil and produce 7.7 million tonnes a year of petrochemicals. The facility is planned as part of Petronas’ Pengerang Integrated Complex that will include RAPID and oil storage facilities.

Petronas had said last month that RAPID is on track for start-up in 2019, and that its development had reached the 54 percent progress mark to date.
The Malaysian state oil firm has been struggling with the slump in global oil prices and has cut its expenditures in the past year. It has also slashed its dividend payouts to the government.

Petronas is expected to announce its fourth-quarter results on March 14.

(Reporting by Emily Chow and Reem Shamseddine; editing by Christian Schmollinger and David Evans)


It is undoubtedly Prime Minister Najib managed to foster tight and meaningful relationship with King Salman even though His Majesty only ascended to the Saudi throne two years ago.

Unlike Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was the Malaysian Prime Minister for 22 years 3 months and 15 days and often dubbed as ‘Champion of the Islamic countries’ and Chaired the OIC Summit in 2003, never managed to get the Saudi King to come here.

What is interesting, he is still being treated as persona non grata as it is believed he is not invited in any of the ceremonies and events pertaining to King Salman’s historic visit to Malaysia.

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Prime Minister Najib posted a selfie with King Salman in the limousine they are riding together

Prime Minister Najib posted a selfie with King Salman in the limousine they are riding together

It is not a problem to explain the Saudi-Malaysia relationship is all time high.

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Malaysia-Saudi ties at ‘all-time high’

BY NST TEAM – 27 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 5:51 PM

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today described ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia as being at an “all time high”.

Najib also expressed confidence that Saudi Arabian ruler King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s visit to Malaysia will strengthen the bonds between both nations.

“I would say it (the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia) is an all-time high between our two countries.

“And I am confident that King Salman’s visit is not only historic, but will cement and put our relations on a very strong trajectory now as well as in the future.

“King Salman had used the terms ‘the highest ever’ or ‘best ever relations’ between the two countries (in describing the ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia),” he said.

Najib was addressing a press conference at Seri Perdana today after hosting an official luncheon for King Salman and Saudi delegates. Najib added that he felt honoured at hosting King Salman in the latter’s visit to Malaysia. He described the bilateral discussions with King Salman as “productive” and that they had covered various aspects, touching on ways to boost relations.

Earlier today, King Salman and Najib had witnessed the signing of four important memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Malaysian and Saudi governments. The MoUs involve scientific, educational and economic cooperation, labour and human resources, and the exchange of news between Bernama and the Saudi Press Agency.

Universiti Malaya is scheduled to confer an honorary Doctor of Letters on King Salman this evening, while the International Islamic University of Malaysia will be awarding an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science tomorrow.

King Salman’s is on a historic four-day state visit to Malaysia. Malaysia is King Salman’s first country of visit in Southeast Asia since his ascension to the throne in 2015. The Saudi ruler’s visit is at the invitation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

The last state visit by a King of Saudi Arabia to Malaysia was in 2006 by the late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The late King Faisal Abdulaziz Al-Saud made a state visit to Malaysia in 1970. S

audi Arabia is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner in the Middle East. Nearly 60 per cent of Malaysia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia are related to palm oil and palm-based agricultural products, machinery, equipment and parts, processed food and electrical and electronic products.

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