Trump's victory will not affect M'sia-US ties, says Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR: Bilateral ties between Malaysia and the United States will not be affected by Donald Trump's (pic) victory in the US presidential election, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said that the US president would obviously have to work together with Malaysia and other countries in various fields.

"I believe that he will adopt an approach that will help the US build cooperation with all countries.

"I myself know him personally, he is not someone new to me," he told reporters after closing the 'Daya E-Usahawan 2016' and opening the 'E-Usahawan@Marketplace' programmes at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Wednesday.

Najib said the US presidential election results, which could be described as extraordinary, proved that American voters wanted a president who could develop the country's economy and provide jobs that ensure better returns.

"He (Trump) being a successful entrepreneur and billionaire, they (voters) wanted to give the opportunity to a non-conventional politician, not from among those familiar with the experience at the White House.

"The voters want to try something different," he said.

Trump, the Republican candidate, beat his opponent Democrat Hillary Clinton in a stiff contest in the presidential election in a major shock after going through what was regarded by some quarters as a bitter and often vicious campaign.

In a thrilling contest, Trump achieved marginal victories in many states including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, and even managed to seize states that were pro-Democrat such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. - Bernama

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