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Najib reaches out to Chinese with visit to Sin Chew

By Wednesday April 1st, 2009 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: In a move to reach out to the Chinese community, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on March 31 visited the headquarters of the publisher of the influential Sin Chew Daily.

Najib said the 90-minute visit, which included a meeting with senior editors, was meaningful considering that Sin Chew is the country’s largest selling Chinese-language daily.

At a press conference during his visit, Najib said it would be easier for him to gauge the aspiration and needs of the Chinese through visits to major Chinese newspapers and that such cooperative arrangement should be appreciated.

“I understand some of their concerns and what they expect from me in the near future,” said the deputy premier.

He added that his visit was also to foster closer relationship and promote the “One Malaysia” concept, stressing it was vital for the government to collaborate with the Chinese media and together bring benefit to the nation.

Najib is believed to be the first top Umno leader to make a working visit to a Chinese newspaper organisation this decade.

When asked whether he would be taking his oath of office as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister on Friday, Najib said: “You have to wait for the official statement.”

He explained that he was not in a position to make an official statement on the handover date and that he would only look into the setting up of a new cabinet after he had taken over the reins of power.

“I will answer that after I have taken over,” he said when asked if his cabinet would include ministers who had lost in the Umno polls.

The deputy premier also said it was premature for him to comment on whether he would tighten the Printing Presses and Publications Act following the three-month suspension of Suara Keadilan and Harakah recently.

Source : The Edge

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