Whoever is arranging Najib’s schedule these days has been busy. This time the PM has managed to get a chance to thump the mallet at the New York Stock Exchange and ring the closing bell on Monday.
Najib suggested that Malaysia could be the gateway for US investors to Asean. But even hard-nosed investors, who ordinarily wouldn’t give a hoot to human rights and democracy, are being put off by the Anwar trial, Perkasa’s chauvinistic rhetoric and yes, even the government’s phobia of cartoons.
So yet again, another public relations coup could come to naught – an exercise in futility.