Stop efforts to sabotage economy, Najib tells "certain quarters"

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today called on "certain quarters" to stop their efforts at economic sabotage, in the interest of the nation.

Najib (BN-Pekan) said national interests should not be gambled with, in spite of differences in opinion among political parties.

"There are elements at play who use inaccurate and baseless facts to paint a bad picture of the country's economic situation.

"This cannot go on. Even though there are differences in opinion, national interests cannot be gambled with in politics.

"This is very important. National interests must override everything else. There should not be such elements. Economic sabotage must be stopped," he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Najib was responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor), who had asked about measures being taken to stop economic sabotage by certain elements who want to tarnish the country's image, and jeopardise the country's economic stability.

Najib further stated that because of such elements, the country nearly lost RM31 billion in Saudi Aramco investments due to inaccurate facts being spread.

"Thankfully, we managed to convince (the Saudis) that the country's economic situation is being addressed accordingly," he added.