Love All, Serve All

Neutrality is the best stance for Malaysia as the world’s 17th trading nation to, be in complexity of global and regional geo-political issues and conflict, despite the errand ‘Fake News’ otherwise trying to wedge intra-Cabinet relationship and ridicule public confidence on Malaysian Government’s foreign and trade policies.

The Malaysian Insight story:

Malaysia welcomes Qatari emir visit, denies ministerial rift


Malaysia welcomes Qatari emir visit, denies ministerial rift
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he has no power to stop the emir of Qatar if he wants to come to Malaysia. – EPA pic, August 15, 2017.

WISMA Putra tonight confirmed the Qatari emir will visit Malaysia despite an economic blockade by other Middle East nations, and refuted there was a cabinet rift over the visit.

Both Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman both denied there was a rift between them, as reported by The Malaysian Insight early today.

“Hishammuddin Hussein and I have long been working very well and closely with each other on many occasions,” Anifah said in a statement.

“The government of Malaysia looks forward to the state visit by the emir of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other Malaysian government agencies are currently making the necessary preparations for the visit,” he added.

He also said Malaysia had made its position clear on “the ongoing difficulties between the Arab Quartet and Qatar”.

“Why should there be rift? The rift is between the Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

“Do you really think that I can stop the emir of Qatar if he wants to come?” Hishammuddin said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby. – August 15, 2017.

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Earlier, the same news portal published the ‘Fake News’:

The Malaysian Insight story:

Qatar emir’s visit causes split in Putrajaya

 


Jahabar Sadiq

Qatar emir’s visit causes split in Putrajaya
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani has accepted an invitation to visit Malaysia and is due to arrive next month. – EPA pic, August 15, 2017.

A SPAT has erupted in the Najib administration over the Qatari emir’s official visit to Malaysia, reflecting the rift between the Gulf state and its Saudi Arabia-led neighbours.

The Malaysian Insight understands Foreign Minister Anifah Aman is firm that Putrajaya, as a neutral party in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, will host Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani when he visits next month

But Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the Special Functions Minister and seen to be close to the Saudi government, wants the trip delayed until peace is brokered between the Middle East nations.

“There is a spat and Anifah is unhappy, to put it diplomatically, that his ministry’s decisions and jurisdiction is being questioned. The emir has been invited and it cannot be delayed,” a source told The Malaysian Insight.

“We are an impartial country in the rift, so why should we hold off visits until the countries settle their issues?” he added, noting that Anifah has had more experience in Middle East affairs since he took office in Wisma Putra in 2009.

At the heart of the matter is possibly more investments from Qatar, a rich Gulf state suffering a fallout since early June when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with it over its  alleged support for extremists.

Anifah, a senior Umno leader whose brother is Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, is said to have close ties with most if not all Middle East leaders. “He does his job to make Malaysia friends with all countries,” another source said.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, instituting a series of economic reprisals, including closing their land and sea borders and airspace. Qatar has built an emergency shelter for camels and sheep after Saudi Arabia demanded that these animals belonging to Qataris keep to their side of the border. – EPA pic, August 15, 2017.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, instituting a series of economic reprisals, including closing their land and sea borders and airspace. Qatar has built an emergency shelter for camels and sheep after Saudi Arabia demanded that these animals belonging to Qataris keep to their side of the border. – EPA pic, August 15, 2017.

Hishammuddin was made Special Functions Minister earlier this year but his role has been largely undefined although he is seen to be close to the Saudis, and had featured prominently in King Salman’s visit to Malaysia last February when several Saudi investments were announced.

Another source said Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked his deputy, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, to intercede and smoothen the ruffled feathers and strained ties between Anifah and Hishammuddin.

Zahid had invited the emir to visit Malaysia when Zahid made a four-day official visit to Qatari capital Doha in February .

Qatar has provided valuable foreign exchange for Malaysia with several Malaysian companies involved in infrastructural projects ahead of the Gulf state hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

These Malaysian companies include WCT Engineering Bhd, which is handling a slew of construction projects costing 1.2 billion riyal (RM1.4 billion) for Lusail, a new city here.

Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd unit Malaysia Airports Consultancy Services Middle East LLC has obtained a contract extension to provide management service facilities for the Hamad International Airport and its annexes.

The energy-rich Qatar is the home of Al-Jazeera, a satellite news station that has been banned in a few Gulf states and most recently, in Israel. Malaysia is one of three bases for the English-service Al-Jazeera International since 2006. – August 15, 2017.

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Separately and independently, Malaysia has excellent diplomatic and government-to-government relationship with Kingdom of Saudi and Qatar.

It is demonstrated with Saudi King His Majesty King Salman Al Saud’s visit and deals inked during the historic visit in February.

 

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Amin greets His Majesty King Salman Al Said, as part of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s reception of the Saudi King’s visit to Malaysia

That should not at all affect Malaysia’s equally good diplomatic and trade relationship with Qatar, despite the two neighbouring gulf nation’s very precarious relationship and said on the brink of conflict.

It is Malaysia foreign policy not to interfere other nation’s issues. Probably unless, the two conflicting nation request for Malaysia to play mediatory role in the complexity of international diplomacy and geo-politics.

Malaysia is open to trade and welcome investments, be it from Saudi, in the example of Petronas’ RAPID and China’s very strong FDI, on top of growth of the value and quality f business between the two nation.

Channel News Asia story:

Hard-pedalling soft power, China helps launch $13b Belt and Road rail project in Malaysia

 

KUANTAN, Malaysia: China and Malaysia broke ground on Wednesday (Aug 9) on a $13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia’s east and west, the largest such project in the country and a major part of Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure push.

The planned 688km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will connect the South China Sea, large parts of which are claimed by China, at the Thai border in the east with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca in the west.

It is among the most prominent projects in China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a modern-day “Silk Road” connecting the world’s second-largest economy by land corridors to Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Central Asia and maritime routes opening up trade with the Middle East and Europe.

“The ECRL is indeed yet another ‘game changer’ and a ‘mindset changer’ for Malaysia as it will significantly cut travel time to and from the east coast of the peninsula,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the ceremony half way along the route in Kuantan, which faces the South China Sea.

For China, the project is another expansion of its soft power in Malaysia, which also lays claim to some disputed South China Sea islands, and is critical for China’s geopolitical and strategic interests.

“The China government has attached great importance to the China-Malaysia relations and has always considered Malaysia a dear neighbour and trustworthy partner who is committed to seeking mutually beneficial cooperation and common development in the country,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yong said at the ceremony, heading up a 100-strong delegation in Kuantan.

Najib said the project would be financed with an 85 per cent loan from China Exim Bank and the balance through a “sukuk” Islamic bond programme managed by local investment banks.

The project is being built by China Communications Construction Co Ltd.

Beijing has repeatedly come to the rescue of Najib over the last year, as he sought foreign investment that would help him pay off a massive debt piled up by scandal-plagued state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Najib has announced a spree of infrastructure projects in the last few months, many funded by China, as he builds up momentum for a general election that he has to call by mid-2018.

A Nomura research report last month said foreign direct investment inflows from China into Malaysia surged by 119 per cent in 2016 and continued to grow at 64 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2017.

The growing closeness to China has raised eyebrows among Najib’s opponents who have argued that the country has become too reliant on Chinese funds.

But Najib dismissed the concerns in a speech on Tuesday, saying turning away from Chinese FDI made “no economic sense”.

There have been protests in Sri Lanka and Thailand over the Belt and Road initiative. A planned rail link through Thailand hit some resistance with what critics said were Beijing’s excessive demands and unfavourable financing.

But Thailand’s cabinet last month approved construction of the first phase of a $5.5 billion railway project to link the industrial eastern seaboard with southern China through landlocked Laos.

Source: CNA/aa
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hard-pedalling-soft-power-china-helps-launch-13b-belt-and-road-9108636

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Malaysia’s trade and FDI relationship iwith is not at all affected by the geo-political issues with Saudi.

The Star story:

Thursday, 15 June 2017 | MYT 11:05 PM

Qatar crisis has no effect on Malaysia’s trade and investment

Malaysia has close economic, trade and diplomatic ties with all the countries in the Gulf, says Mustapa. - Reuters pic

Malaysia has close economic, trade and diplomatic ties with all the countries in the Gulf, says Mustapa. – Reuters pic

KOTA BARU: The crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries has not affected Malaysia’s trade and investment so far, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

 

He said Malaysia had close economic, trade and diplomatic ties with all the countries in the Gulf.

“We have forged good ties with all countries. We have our importance in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and all Gulf countries,” he told reporters after the breaking of fast in Kota Baru on Thursday.

Recently, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar following an allegation of it supporting the Islamic militant group, Daesh. – Bernama

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/06/15/qatar-crisis-has-no-effect-on-malaysias-trade-and-investment/#D1GhC0AGkgGV7WZf.99

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The bullish outlook of the Malaysian economy, transformation and reforms made especially under Prime Minister Najib is a very important factor of consideration for trade and investments.

Malaysia also is ranked 23rd position of doing business globally. The matured eco-system, corporate law, corporate practices and governance and continuity of foreign and trade policies, are some of the strong magnetism factors for trade and investments.

It is the gravy train which something nations like Saudi, Qatar and China is interested, and very much like to get on, in serving their own trade and investment requirements, growth and forecast.

Investments, which include healthy growth in the Malaysian capital and debt markets draw monies from Saudi, Qatar, China and elsewhere. Japan, United States, European Union, West and Central Asia and India, are Win-win policy where the growth and net earnings at the end of the line are being harvested together, in the many forms of partnerships between public and privately owned firms, are in the traditional and emerging markets for Malaysia to tap.

Malaysia’s foreign policy and practices is like hand-to-glove perfect fit for trade and investment.

The diplomacy continuously nurtured and grow facilitated by Wisma Putra, is supported by other Ministries perpetuate the extension for trade and investment growth.

MITI and MIDA open their offices in many regions and nations, on top of the Malaysian High Commissions and Embassies worldwide.

Malaysia’s attitude is be friends and trade with all. Except the criminally incepted Zionist State of Israel.

 

 

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  1. Salam Zakhir.

    “… and China’s very strong FDI, on top of growth of the value and quality f business…”

    ECRL = Foreign Direct Investment?

    Bukan HUTANG ke?

    Who’s suppose to pay for land reclamation in building ECRL’s track? Included as hutang, too?


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