Twitterjaya baffled by PM's pledge to 'strengthen' US economy
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's opening statement during his meeting with US President Donald Trump has earned brickbats from his domestic critics.
"I want to say that we come here with a strong value proposition to put on the table.
"Number one, we want to help you in terms of strengthening the US economy," Najib told his US hosts at the White House cabinet room, according to official transcripts of the event.
Among others, Najib said Malaysia has committed to buying 25 Boeing 737 Max 10 and eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Najib also announced that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) seeks to invest US$3 to 4 billion to support "infrastructure redevelopment in the US."
However, several Malaysian personalities took to Twitter to suggest that Najib should focus on his own country's flagging economy, instead of helping an economic superpower.
A selection of such tweets follows:
Najib's Malaysia economy booming, flushed with cash! So we can buy US$10b aircraft & EPF can invest in US 😵#getridofNajibnow— Mukhriz Mahathir (@MukhrizMahathir) September 13, 2017
Malaysia,— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) September 13, 2017
Making America great again since 2017 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/VgV0zMaXiT
Najib offers $$$ to make America Great Again!!— Nie Ching Teo (@TeoNieChing) September 13, 2017
Malaysia Boleh~~~~!!! https://t.co/BJrS0COKuE
Tahniah @NajibRazak ! RM42 b beli kapalterbang & RM16.8 b labur di Amerika.Oh, mana peluang pekerjaan buat rakyat Msia?— Nurul Izzah (@n_izzah) September 13, 2017
I wonder why we are telling Trump that we will support the US economy when its our economy that needs to be supported.— Syahredzan (@syahredzan) September 13, 2017
Yes Sir! Yes Sir! 3 bags full! Remarks by President Trump and PM Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia https://t.co/94cjSBIpzL— Latheefa Koya (@LatheefaKoya) September 13, 2017
When a leader go to another country, he'll bring investment to his own country. But @NajibRazak went all the way to give FDI to Trump. Nice— Yindian™ (@yindian5) September 13, 2017