Trump-Najib meeting: What’s in it for Malaysia?


Let’s look at some of the key points that surfaced:

  • Malaysia committed to buy 33 Boeing planes and probably 25 more in a US$10-20bn deal over the next five years.
  • Malaysian government to try and persuade Air Asia to buy General Electric engines. (Isn’t that their own business decision?)
  • EPF already has US$7bn in the US; to pump in another US$3-4bn there for US infrastructure development.
  • Khazanah to increase investments in the US.
  • Malaysia has stopped dealings with North Korea (What were we doing with them in the first place?)
  • Malaysia to crack down hard on extremist groups.

So what is Malaysia getting in return for all this?

Najib describes Malaysia as having a progressive, moderate government. Really? How does that square with his administration’s backing for Hadi’s RUU355?

No mention here of the elephant in the room: 1MDB and the US Department of Justice.

No mention here of the Rohingya, either.

Meanwhile, Najib and the Malaysian delegation were seen at the Trump International Hotel, reports the Washington Post:

Trump has come under fire for declining to divest of his interest in the hotel, which is now managed by his sons, creating opportunities for foreign governments and special interests to enrich the president while also seeking changes to U.S. policy, in Najib’s case within a few minutes’ time.

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia before bilateral meeting

Cabinet Room

12:11 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s great to have the Prime Minister of Malaysia and his very distinguished delegation with us today. We’re talking about trade — very large trade deals. We’re working on one deal where between 10 and 20 billion dollars’ worth of Boeing jets are going to be purchased, General Electric engines will be purchased, and many other things.

Also, Malaysia is a massive investor in the United States in the form of stocks and bonds, and the stock exchange. And they have to be very happy because we’re hitting new highs on almost a weekly basis. And so we’re very proud of our stock market and what’s happened since I became President. So I congratulate you on those investments.

But I just want to say, it’s an honor to have you here. It’s an honor to have your delegation with us. I believe you’ll be at the United Nations next week, and a lot of folks are going to be at the United Nations next week. It should be an exciting week, and we look very much forward to that.

But I want to thank you very much for all of the investment you’ve made in the United States. Also, the Prime Minister has a major role in not allowing ISIS — or, as you say, Daesh — and others to exist. And he’s been very, very strong on terrorism in Malaysia, and a great supporter from that standpoint. So that’s a very important thing to the United States.

He does not do business with North Korea any longer, and we find that to be very important. We had a vote yesterday on sanctions. We think it’s just another very small step — not a big deal. Rex and I were just discussing — not big. I don’t know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15-to-nothing vote. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.

So thank you everyone for being here, and we appreciate it. Mr. Prime Minister, it’s a great honor to have you in the United States and in the White House. And thank you everyone for being here. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Would you like to say something?

PRIME MINISTER RAZAK: Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your invitation for me and members of my delegation to meet with you at the White House. 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 U.S. economy. I come with three specific proposals. Number one, we intend to increase the number of Boeing planes to be purchased by MAS. We are committed to 25 planes of the 737 MAX 10, plus eight 787 Dreamliners. And there is a strong probability — not possibility – probability that we will add 25 more 737 MAX 10 in the near future. So within five years, the deal will be worth beyond $10 billion. That’s one. We will also try to persuade AirAsia to purchase GE engines.


PRIME MINISTER RAZAK: Secondly, we have Employees Provident Fund, which is a major pension fund in Malaysia. They’ve got quite a big sum of capital to be exported. They have invested close to $7 billion, in terms of equity, in the United States. And they intend to invest three to four additional billion dollars to support your infrastructure redevelopment in the United States.


PRIME MINISTER RAZAK: And thirdly, our sovereign fund, Khazanah, they have an office in Silicon Valley. They have invested about $400 million, in terms of high-tech companies, and they intend to increase that investment as well.

Secondly, the other goal of your administration, Mr. President, which is to make the United States safe — and with that, the world safe — we are committed to fight Daesh, IS, Al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf — you name it. They are the enemy of the United States, they are also the enemy of Malaysia, and we will do our part to make sure that our part of the world is safe.

We will also contribute in terms of the ideological warfare because you need to win the hearts and minds. And the key to it is to support moderate and progressive Muslim regimes and governments around the world, because that is the true face of Islam; that is the authentic face of Islam. The more you align with progressive and moderate regimes, the better it would be in terms of winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.


PRIME MINISTER RAZAK: So, Mr. President, thank you once again. The United States has always been our partner for a long, long time. And this year is our 60th anniversary of our relationship, and I hope that today’s meeting will make it even stronger in the years to come.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Appreciate it.

Source: White House

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Khun Pana
Khun Pana
24 Sep 2017 6.33am

The above transcript as provided by the White House is correct and accurate.
However do watch the body language and voice tone of a visibly shaken ‘prime minister”.
Reminds me of how branch manager making an annual report direct to a CEO.
Video link as below-
(Raw) President Trump & PM Najib Razak

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
16 Sep 2017 1.30pm

Che Det wrote: The workers of Malaysia will no doubt support Najib’s use of their pension money to enrich further the already rich United States. I am sure they don’t mind losing their money in this generous gesture. The Government of course has the right to take this money as it pleases. We wonder whether this money is a loan to the Government. Workers may want to know the terms of the loan. Government’s management of 1MDB does not convince people that it is skilled at managing money. If it fails to make profits how will it repay the loan… Read more »

16 Sep 2017 6.38pm
Reply to  Eric Kuek

Now, we have a new history where a Malaysian PM can offer to help the mighty US economy!!!
Sudah tentu ini fakta dalam Sejarah Malaysia Boleh (Bantu Negara Kaya) yang tentu akan di cetak dalam Buku-Buku Pelajaran Sejarah.

Robert E.Lee
Robert E.Lee
15 Sep 2017 12.25pm

I have come to conclude that certain quarters has no idea how to differentiate between investments and free handout of money. Where do you expect your EPF dividend to come from? Same who look to BR1M as ‘crumbs’ or Dedak but it is a loaf of bread to million of Malaysians. It provides reliefs to the age, poor and disabled. I assume you are neither? How thankful, are we? Same to those prior to GE13, when Najib tried to unite all under the banner of 1Malaysia. What did the Chinese do? They spat at him. They showed him the middle… Read more »

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
16 Sep 2017 12.52pm
Reply to  Robert E.Lee

The failure of 1Malaysia to cement the diverse people into one nation is not because of racist attacks on the minorities, but because of the complete failure by the BN to take action against such racism. None of the people, who are behind the racist slurs, were condemned or faced disciplinary actions.

These people are always allowed to walk freely at the expense of unity. With the authorities incapable of taking steps to stop the racial bashing, the failure of the 1Malaysia concept becomes obvious.

As for BR1M, it is just another form of GST rebate.

20 Sep 2017 8.03pm
Reply to  Robert E.Lee

Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) closed shop? Mydin finds it not viable?

15 Sep 2017 11.02am

Nothing is in it for Malaysia. BUT something is in it for MOSatu!
Now who is taking the Bodoh Rakyat (precisely according to a Robert E.Lee) for a ride?
Refelect on this & cast your vote WISELY!
No need to be so intelligent like Robert E.Lee.

Steve Watt
14 Sep 2017 11.57pm

So, where does the money come from? No, don’t bother answering.

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
14 Sep 2017 3.04pm

Under six minutes, Najib further assured Trump, whose economy stands at nearly US$18.57 trillion last year, that Malaysia would strengthen the US economy and invest in Trump’s infrastructure programme.

Now, what is the size of Malaysia’s gross domestic product? US$296.4 billion last year.

Can a Malaysian economy, dwarfed by the US by some 62.65 times, strengthen the economy of the US significantly by investing in the infrastructure programme of the US?

It is like Najib will go to Brazil next to offer our football expertise to strengthen Brazil’s national team!

Utusan can convince it’s readers?

Robert E.Lee
Robert E.Lee
14 Sep 2017 1.43pm

Early 2015, A friend of mine, like most oppositions, warned me of an imminent Malaysia economy collapse ( Similar to what Bumi non Malay posted). Yet on the contrary, Malaysia continues to record exemplary GDP highs under the years since DSN took power as PM. As a keen observer in Malaysia Politics, I have but noticed that generally oppo supporters has limited intellectual. It sad they are swayed by the OPPO to hate on literally everything the government does for the sake of hating, be it good policies and decision-making. They read only the headlines and then form their own… Read more »

14 Sep 2017 10.33am

Trump Int. Hotel = Hotel California?
Shake your head while listening to this:
Hotel California – Eagles (Lyrics) – HD

16 Sep 2017 3.45pm
Reply to  tunglang

Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Najib-Trump meet with video parody on The Tonight Show:

16 Sep 2017 6.44pm
Reply to  Jerome

Better than Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Show 🙂 🙂 🙂
Jimmy, how could you have missed the hotel room sound effects?

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
14 Sep 2017 10.22am

Maybe MO1 can negotiate for non-visa entry to USA for ‘moderate’ Msians?

Because Malaysian grads look to illegal blue-collar jobs abroad

Renji Sathiah
14 Sep 2017 7.57am

Plenty for the narcissistic oaf in the WH and sheer embarrassment for us!

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
14 Sep 2017 7.00am

D.Trump really lives up to his name.
Really a sly businessman .
Squeezing and “tekan” the out of luck Bugis man.
Am just surprised that the Bugis man did not donate $$$ to victims of Irma.
Or did D.Trump did not want to push the envelope to far.

14 Sep 2017 10.36am
Reply to  Khun Pana

More like “squeeze the balls” into hardened miniature golf balls!
I wonder if there is any ‘maruah’ left for Tanah Air Cinta Ku?

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
14 Sep 2017 11.34am
Reply to  Khun Pana

“The fact that we’re now becoming an exporter of capital is indicative that Malaysia is a successful nation” – Najib on Malaysia’s investment in USA.

13 Sep 2017 8.48pm

One sentence: Malaysia is a desperado ‘dying’ to send hard earned money to a super power to help its (US) development! Even to buy more from them than they buy from us. To recall history, didn’t we annually send Bunga Emas to the Thai King? Exactly asking for a return favour centuries later we are still doing it. What is the meaning of Merdeka??? Now, if & only if I have millions in my EPF (like some richie Penangites), I will not sleep well until every Ringgit is withdrawn. The United States is the only country where its national debt… Read more »

Hakimi Abdul Jabar
13 Sep 2017 8.14pm

UNLIKE NORWAY, MALAYSIA SHOWCASES 1MDB! Closing remarks: Ok folks, especially Malay and bumiputra readers, listen closely. All the above was possible because the gomen had excess oil money to burn. Now the oil money is drying up. The gomen has no more money. Chief … has confirmed (more than once) that if not for the GST, the gomen will not even be able to pay the salaries of 1.6 million Civil Servants. Everything is being cut – PTPTN loans, hospital services, no more patrols by forest rangers, no more subsidies, GST taxes are eating more into our purchasing power. The… Read more »

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
13 Sep 2017 5.28pm

Najib describes Malaysia as having a progressive, moderate government. Really?

Why then you ban the book “Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation – Islam In A Constitutional Democracy”, which is promoting moderate Islam?

Zakir Hussain
13 Sep 2017 4.01pm

US will start buying Musang King from us .

Gregory R Warrier
14 Sep 2017 12.50am
Reply to  Zakir Hussain

China already bought

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek
14 Sep 2017 10.07am
Reply to  Zakir Hussain

Maybe MO1 is employing ‘Art of the decal’ to sell FGV palm oil to USA, since EU has banned the palm oil on unsustainable reason? Get MasterChef or Hell’s Kitchen TV shows to promote palm oil?

Or getting Petronas to sponsor NASCAR racing to enter US market?

14 Sep 2017 10.49am
Reply to  Zakir Hussain

US once tried to breed covered Asean species of swiftlets but without success!
And then they ‘jealous’ US scientists declared in their medical journals that bird nests are a health fluff.
Thanks to Goddess of Mercy / Mazu for making it an absolute failure to breed swiftlets in monopolistic US.
Everything of value, they want to covert from you.

14 Sep 2017 11.12am
Reply to  tunglang

Correction: coveted Asian species of swiftlets

13 Sep 2017 4.36pm

All I can see and hear from both Trump and Najib is “**** you Malaysian people”.

bumi non malay
13 Sep 2017 2.49pm

He Met Saudi Sultan to Trick Malay Muslim that 1MDB is OK(?)..

Now najib Met Trump to Trick Malay Muslim again that DOJ is Non Issue…… Just Imagine if it was Lim Guan Eng on a 278 Pages DOJ as MO1…..even … UMNO-PAS … would get excited to Obliterate this Crime….But such is Doomed MALU SIAL….then nation is on the verge of Mega Economic Collapse……pity those who still not prepared …

17 Sep 2017 7.01pm
Reply to  bumi non malay

It is not possible to prepare under the existing, rigged system where the highest bribe wins. The vast majority are days or weeks from destitution or from impossibly expensive illness. It is exactly the same in the Great Empire, the source of so much advice and demands to other nations. Ex-Malaysians who have escaped to certain, partly socialist countries including Australia, Scandinavia and parts of Central America tell us they are happy to pay high, income tax because they do not have to agonise over these. So, imperial plans prioritise undermining them, e.g. (a) creating refugees and directing them there… Read more »

Ming Yook Wong
13 Sep 2017 2.05pm


13 Sep 2017 2.10pm

According to news report it was Najip who chose to book in Trump International Hotel amongst other goodies at the expense of taxpayers, maybe to pacify Trump given the !MDB debacle & other shennanigan. He is sadly mistaken since the pending action is not under Trump control & American would not allow him to get involved.

Jennifer Mourin
13 Sep 2017 12.56pm

When crooks meet money talks and bulls… walks…