‘Global strategy and innovation needed’

Study hard: Najib presenting a mock cheque for US$10,000 (RM32,260) to Malaysian students in the United States. The ceremony took place at the Malaysian Mission where Najib hosted a dinner for the students and other Malaysians staying in US. — Bernama

MALAYSIA needs to have a global strategy and be an “innovation” country in its quest to be a fully-developed and high-income nation in seven years.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia’s transformation process has to be far-reaching and multi-dimensional in every sense of the word.

“If you want Malaysia to be fully developed, we must cross the ocean and stay ahead of other countries,” he said during a get-together with Malaysians living in New York.

His visit to the United States, he said, covered strategic fields of multimedia, digital technology, biotech, innovation, investments, foreign affairs and politics.

“I met leaders of these companies so that on behalf of Malaysia I could develop relations with them. When you develop relations with people, they become more comfortable and may consider Malaysia as one of the countries for investment or to set up a regional office.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia should not just be a mere consumer of IT but strive to be a producer or creator of IT. “You have to be excited about new technology and become new innovators. Malaysians are hardworking and smart.

“We must have a sense of working and moving together and rise about your narrow self interest.

“My dream is for Malaysia to be fully developed but it’s not good to dream alone. If all of us 28 million dream the same, that dream can be a reality,” he added.

Citing Americans, Najib said they hardly spoke ill of their own country despite their differences on domestic issues.

“Look at New York, you have a sense of patriotism here. They fly their flag on their own and nobody has to tell them to do so.”

This is one of the longest foreign working trips for Najib since he took office in 2009.

Travelling from the west to east of the United States, the Najib became the number one public relations man for the country by presenting the Malaysian transformation story to American investors, developing relations with many American corporate personalities and checking out the latest technology that Silicon Valley has to offer.

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