Malaysia No. 2 leader calls for end to politicking

By Tuesday September 30th, 2008 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia: Malaysia’s deputy leader Tuesday called for an end to political squabbles in the country, urging the people to unite to face the global financial crisis that he said could derail the country’s growth.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government may have to cut its growth target of 5.5 to 5.7 percent this year “if there is more bad news out of the U.S. and if the current situation leads to a significant downturn.”

“Malaysians need to remain united and cohesive as the country prepares to face the global financial economic challenge,” Najib, who is also finance minister, told reporters.

The National Front coalition, which has led Malaysia since independence in 1957, faces the threat of being ousted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who has moved to engineer defections from the ruling party.

Read the whole story from AP in the IHT

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