Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Anwar now a threat to economy and national security, says Abdullah


Anwar now a threat to economy and national security, says Abdullah



Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has now become a threat to the economy and national security.

The Prime Minister said Anwar’s actions all this while had not only affected political stability but also economic stability.

“As a result of his actions, certain fund managers had made reports that Malaysia was not a good investment destination because of political uncertainties,” he told a press conference at his office here. Asked on what action would be taken against him, Abdullah said the government would do what was needed.

Abdullah said Anwar had spread lies about the economic situation in the country including that no foreign direct investment was coming in and that the nation was no longer competitive.

The truth, Abdullah said, was that FDI was still flowing into the country and not only that, Malaysia was a preferred investment destination.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the chairman on the Cabinet Committee on Investment, interjected and said the rate of investment this year might even be higher than last year.

On the nation’s competitiveness, Abdullah said Malaysia’s ranking had improved from 23rd place to 19th place now.

Abdullah said Anwar wanted to bankrupt the nation by exploiting the fears of the people and belittling the country abroad.

Najib also said Anwar’s political games had adversely affected the nation’s economy.

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