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Malaysia must work through external shocks

Malaysia must work through external shocks

WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2015
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Malaysia must always be prepared for external shocks that are beyond its control and maintain the forward momentum to stay on track to becoming a high-income nation by 2020, its prime minister said.

Malaysia must always be prepared for external shocks that are beyond its control and maintain the forward momentum to stay on track to becoming a high-income nation by 2020, its prime minister said.

Najib Razak said that despite being in an age of great technological innovation and increased opportunity, his country was still at the mercy of often-unpredictable global economic factors.

"The current volatile economic situation being faced by us in Malaysia and the rest of the world is a case in point," he said in his opening address at the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council’s fifth annual meeting in New York City.

GSIAC was set up to boost Malaysia’s efforts in science and innovation, using science to help advance the country’s "high-income economy" agenda.

Chaired by the prime minister, it comprises global industry leaders from cutting-edge fields, prominent academicians, and members from the New York Academy of Sciences, with Malaysian corporate leaders and officials from key ministries.

Malaysia must work through external shocks

The Najib said that while there was modest growth in the global economy, heightened uncertainty and volatile financial markets as well as the sharp fall in the price of petroleum and other primary commodities, it was not all bad news.

He reiterated that the fundamentals of the Malaysian economy remained strong, as supported by five indicators.

There was a 5-per-cent growth rate in gross domestic product, a reduced negative fiscal deficit with strong capitalisation and ample liquidity in the financial system, and positive results from transformation programmes, such as the 1.8 million new jobs since the launch of the Economic Transformation Progra-mme in 2010.

At the end of Najib’s speech, everyone present spent a minute of silence in memory of one of the architects of GSIAC, the late Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, or JJ as he was affectionately called.

After a short video of the times Jamaluddin had spent with the council over the past five years, the prime minister paid tribute to his "very dear friend and someone who has done much for the nation".

Later, at a high-tea gathering for students and Malaysians organised in conjunction with the prime minister’s visit, Malaysia’s ambassador to the United States, Senator Dr Awang Adek Hussin, also paid tribute to JJ, saying his shoes were too big to fill and his absence was always felt at such events.

Najib echoed his sentiments and shared that he had known JJ since 1973 when they were both students.

Jamaluddin, 63, was killed in a helicopter crash in April.