Malaysia PM pokes fun at Opposition

Malaysia PM pokes fun at Opposition

DHAKA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has poked fun at the Opposition, saying that he still "could not find" the 40,000 Bangladeshis who allegedly voted in the 13th General Election during his three-day visit to the country.

Speaking to reporters at the end of his visit here, Najib said his "other mission" was to find the 40,000 Bangladeshis.

"(Bangladeshi) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shook her head when I told her about the allegations. It's not possible for this to happen as they needed to register as Malaysian citizens before being able to vote and Hasina agreed that there was no such thing," he said.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had claimed that over 40,000 Bangladeshis were brought in by the Government to vote for Barisan Nasional during the May 5 polls.

On another matter, Najib said Malaysian companies could invest in various sectors, including infrastructure, power generation, hotel and hospitality, telecommunications, education and gas industry.

"There's a lot of potential in those sectors and we are currently looking into the projects that we can pursue," he said.

Among the projects is the construction of a 1,300MW coal-based plant in Cox-Bazar with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) - to be implemented after the Bangladeshi general election expected in January - a multi-purpose bridge and some 22,000 units of public housing.

"Malaysian investors have been welcomed to invest and participate via a bid of international tender," he said.

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