Pasir Gudang Umno Youth chief Azman Jaafar says this following the PM’s meeting with the US President yesterday, which he claims received positive coverage from US and S’pore media

JOHOR BARU: An Umno Youth leader today claimed that the US Justice Department’s investigation into alleged siphoning of state- owned 1MDB funds was the work of the Opposition.

Pasir Gudang Umno Youth chief Azman Jaafar said this following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday, which he said received positive coverage from the US and Singapore media.

“To those who understand body language, Trump’s reception and treatment towards Najib showed signs of warmth and confidence of a world leader towards Najib.

“Trump’s actions showed the warmth between the two is sincere and not merely an act,” he said today.

Azman said that the Singapore media also highlighted Trump’s speech hailing Najib’s role in countering terrorism in South East Asia.

He said the US media also professionally reported that Malaysia is a trusted nation for investors, thus rebutting the notion raised by the Opposition bloc that the country is heading towards failure and bankruptcy.

Apart from his success in bringing in investors, Najib is also approved of by other world leaders, added Azman.

“Since independence, it was only in Najib’s time that the US president visited Malaysia twice to meet up with a leader from a small country.”

Azman also said that plans by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Khazanah Nasional Bhd to expand their investments in the United States and the proposed purchase of more Boeing jets are evidence that the Malaysian economy is fine.

This, he said, is a stark difference to the period when the country was under Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership during the world economy crisis. Mahathir is now Pakatan Harapan chairman.

“Clearly now we can see that the DOJ and 1MDB issues were fabricated by Mahathir and the Opposition against Najib and the Malaysian government,” he said.

Certain individuals linked to Najib are under investigation by the DOJ for alleged money laundering involving billions of dollars of 1MDB funds.