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Malaysia PM: Obama’s cancelled Asia trip a “missed opportunity”

October 31st, 2013
04:15 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

The cancellation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Southeast Asia earlier this month because of the government shutdown was a “missed opportunity,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“It was a missed opportunity for Obama to assert his leadership, particularly in the context of his policy pivot towards Asia,” Najib told Amanpour in London. “I know he regrets it.”

“When he called me he said, ‘By hook or by crook, I will visit Malaysia next year,’” the prime minister said. “So we’re looking forward to receiving him.”

Najib leads a nation of nearly 30 million – a diverse, majority-Muslim country that wants to be viewed as a modern Islamic democracy.

It is an appealing destination for tourists and investors alike – though the global recession did take its toll, and with tension between various ethnic groups and allegations of election fraud, it is not without controversy.

“My priority is to ensure peace and harmony in Malaysia. That is uppermost in my mind,” Najib said.

Najib drew attention last month when, at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he said that the greatest threat to Muslims now “comes not from the outside world, but from within.”

“It’s very alarming to see what’s happening in the Muslim world,” Najib told Amanpour. “And it’s about time we come to our senses and realize that moderation is the only path that will ensure peace and stability for the Muslim world, and for the wider world.”

That conflict is stark in Egypt, where tumult has reigned since Hosni Mubarak was deposed two and a half years ago. At times violent divisions continued following the election of Mohamed Morsy as president and through his being pushed from power this past July, after just one year in office.

“I know what I would have done,” Najib said, referring to the situation in Egypt. “I would have waited until the next election, because they were elected and deserve a chance to perform and to show their worth.”

“But that’s water under the bridge, now,” he told Amanpour. “It’s not going to be easy, because there are strong positions on both sides. But there must be a form of national reconciliation.”

Najib himself, though, faces strong criticism of corruption in his own country. The coalition of which his party is a member has ruled the country for nearly 60 years, and rights groups have accused him of fraud in the last election.

“By and large the allegations are totally unfounded,” he protested. “For example, they allege that we brought in 40,000 people from Bangladesh to vote in the last election. And since the last election they’ve not been able to produce any evidence of that.”

Najib said that he had a “very positive record,” having “disbanded the Internal Security Act, which is detention without trial.”

He told Amanpour that he is trying to achieve his long-term goals and vision for the country, and in reaching stability, “you must make sure that the majority of the people are not marginalized.”

“We do cater as well, in a very inclusive way, for the small minorities,” he said. “We are not racist at all.”

The prime minister was in London for the World Islamic Economic Forum, the first time the gathering was hosted by a non-Muslim country.

It was a sign, he told Amanpour, that “the Western world has accepted and embraced Islamic finance.”

Sharia law forbids the use of standard interest rates; Islamic finance is in effect a parallel banking system.

“Islamic finance is based on sharing risk, and it’s more asset-based,” he said. “Therefore it’s due to be fairer and more equitable.”

“If we can increase the share of Islamic finance for the world,” he told Amanpour, “countries can benefit – and certainly Malaysia can benefit from that.”


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  1. Tan

    “We are not racist at all.” – Najib

    how wrong is this. this interview fails. so little respect for Amanpour now.

    November 1, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • RT

      totally agree with you , not only is Najib telling lies , Amanpour did not do Malaysians any justice by not asking real questions.
      Recent banning of the word " allah" which forbids non muslim use of this word is one example when he meant that threats to the muslim comes from within. There are racist policies which abuse human rights of non malays, why wasn't this asked?
      Najib Razak is comparable to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the Adolf Hitler of the east.

      November 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
      • Sophia Fillip

        RT,
        Please get your facts right. Just dont type crap just because you have the keyboard in front of you.
        people like you that causes the Nation towards street demo and putting down the Nation. shame on you.

        November 13, 2013 at 6:51 am |
      • Chrono Cross

        Hahaha RT Najib is so much better than Mugabe and Adolf Hitler He is the bests PM and not to disrespect Malaysia's former PMs. Well he has sent thousands of Malaysians to jail and persecute all religions. RT did you have your eyes checked for seeing too much extra terrestrial activities in planet Malaysia.
        Come on don't overcook your intentions until you cannot differentiate right from wrong. Najib is the moderate person that he is and he has got so much class above many others in the way he handles Malaysian foreign and domestic affairs. Pleas have your eyes checked RT

        November 13, 2013 at 8:23 am |
      • Lim Sian See

        RT, if Malaysia was truly Zimbabwe, you would be in Jail by now and you would not be mis-using your freedom of speech to talk rubbish.

        November 13, 2013 at 9:57 am |
      • Melayu Stampin

        You are not a Malaysian? Never go through the Malaysian Agreement? Talking through your ass? No wonder you wrote stupid things. And no wonder DAPigs can't win the GE! Talking through asses.

        November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am |
      • Tan Khai Beng

        RT speak for your own self . don't bull b..I am a Buddhist and it does not concern me ..and my human rights have not been violated ..

        November 13, 2013 at 10:32 am |
      • H'ng Khoon Leng

        Unfortunately, lies come naturally to Malaysian PR leaders such as Anuwar and Tokong.

        November 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • Sophia Fillip

      Come On Tan. Dont simply comment. I evan wonder if u had read the whole article. Shame on you.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:49 am | Reply
      • i~yee

        Tan,i think you are really good live,so free at home then do nothing and face to the Internet at home scolded Prime Minister and also trying putting down our country reputation! Shame on u tan!

        November 13, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • kelvin

      if malaysia gov is racist will you still able to sit back at home to online and gv your comment here? pls be fair to our pm.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
      • Chris Darson

        Yes I agree.. I'm half Chinese and half Irish. No problem here in Malaysia. You guys should go to other countries, then you'll know the real meaning of racism.

        November 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Anang ngirau

      Do you know how many people turn out just to see the Prime Minister of Malaysia when he comes to Sarawak? They drive thousand of miles return just see him,thank him and hopefully shake his hands. Amanpour had the chance to interview him and for those who calls whatever names under the sun on our PM Malaysia please have some respect for the people who cares,trust and respect him. We say to the world . Malaysians respect Najib Razak HIDUP PM! Hidup Sarawak.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • Melayu Stampin

      DAPig is not racist?

      November 13, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • H'ng Khoon Leng

      How could such an interview failed? How can Amanpour losr respect because of this interview? I think it because of your own bias and prejudice that you make such a remark!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Chris Darson

      Be thankful lah... What kind of PM do you want? Najib is better then his predecessors. That is a fact that no one can deny. He abolished ISA and tries his best to ensure all Malaysians got what we NEED. If you think you need to be treated better, you better pack you things and move out of this country. This is as good as it gets.

      November 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  2. jimmy lim

    I want to tell the whole world Malaysia PM is a LIAR and HYPOCRITE. He does not practise what he says and preaches.

    November 1, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      Who tell the lie ? Is Anwar lie to you..not our PM !!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply
      • Tan Khai Beng

        PM Najib is a liar ? Then you must be the greatest idiot in town when you suppor traitors and liars .

        November 13, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Sophia Fillip

      You need to grow up. Dont be such a kiddo!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • i~yee

      I dare to say anwar real big liar! anwar is gv u all is hole not a hope! He so cunning!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
      • Jess Ong

        yes..i~~yee , they has been brain washed by Anwar....

        November 13, 2013 at 7:19 am |
    • kelvin

      another brain washed malaysian by pakatan.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • Tan Khai Beng

      Jimmy Lim..go wash your dirty mouth by simply accusing the PM as liar and hypocrite ...I suggest you tell that to Anwar the Lahad Datu traitor .

      November 13, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Lim Sian See

      He is a liar and hypocrite? How?

      Did he tell you that 40,000 Bangladeshi voters on chartered AirAsia/MAS flights vanished into the Blackouts on 5th May?

      November 13, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Lim Sian See

        For your information, It was your opposition leader Anwar and your supposedly neutral Bersih chairperson Ambiga who sold you all those big lies..

        Amanpour... please do investigate on how these irresponsible 40k Bangladeshi and Blackout lies managed to swing votes and incite hate, racism and xenophobia in Malaysia. PLEASE TELL THE WORLD!

        Due to these lies by the opposition, many Malaysian Indians or foreign-looking people were picked-on, intimidated and bashed up. A total DISGRACE!

        November 13, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Melayu Stampin

      I want to tell the whole world that Jimmy Lim is a racist who only knows to label people as liars and hypocrites!

      November 13, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
  3. jimmy lim

    Unlike what he says, Malaysia is not a nation of moderation and tolerance. He is governing Malaysia with the support of UMNO and pandering to the right wing group called Perkasa equivalent to Golden Dawn of greece. On the contrary he is marginalising the minority. 99% of GLCs and civil service servants are malays. Cash and handouts are freely and blatantly given out to the majority, the malays

    November 1, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Jimmy Lim : The Nation have developed under BN Governance and BN have taken the Nation to greater heights. Cash and handouts given to Malays? HAHAHA. Why not talk on the Chinese Community. Didnt Chinese receive anything?

      November 13, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply
      • Jess Ong

        I agree with you sophia....

        November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am |
      • Kevin

        Sophia i agree with you. All this ppl just never appreciate. Somehow or rather i think they are being paid to discriminate PM.

        November 13, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • kelvin

      in a multiracial country like malaysia,not a single races can get watever they wants,when we keep demand on wat we want,we also have to be fair to others.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Tan Khai Beng

      Malaysia not a nation of moderation ? You must be out of your mind. ...Chinese today in Malaysia still using their Chinese names unlike Indonesia..Thailand ..Philippines ..etc ..Malaysia is the only country which have govt funded Chinese schools ..even 90 percent Chinese Singapore do not have govt Funded Chinese schools ...are you aware of this ?

      November 13, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  4. jimmy lim

    In Malaysia, the churches preach love, unity n harmony. But the mosques semons spread and spew hatred and false rumours against the christians, chinese and minority who are always the bogeymen and punching bag in order ot unite the malays

    November 1, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • Simon Easton

      I predict Malaysia will turn into full shariah within 20 years. Radicalism grows every where in the country and the government seems to do nothing if not encourage it.

      November 2, 2013 at 2:23 am | Reply
      • alfred

        This is called assimilation. The muslim population is about 65% now. By the time it reaches 80% ...whether you like it or not you will be assimilated into the malay muslim culture.

        As for this interview...it is an advertorial nothing more ...najib and umno is famous for. As far as CNN is concern $$$$ talks.

        November 4, 2013 at 3:53 am |
      • kelvin

        pm najib is working hard to retifying lots of old time problem,he is the first pm to attend the dongzong cny open house, if he is a racist leader will he do this?

        November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am |
      • adi steed

        Jimmy,
        How many Mosque's sermons hv u attended to qualify u to make such statement? Dont ever generalise things to fit your irresponsible manner. Pls get ur facts right. Dont try to create religous unrest among the rakyat.

        November 13, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • Chris Darson

        Yes we will be a Syariah country. If PAS were elevated into the government. That's why I didnt vote for Pakatan. The possibility of a Syariah law country is bigger if Pakatan were to rule.

        November 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Sophia Fillip

      Dont post crap and be a racist!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply
      • Jess Ong

        Sophia , see , they say PM racist , now who racist ?? hahahaha

        November 13, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Tan Khai Beng

      Churches preach love don't make me laugh...have you heard what they preach ?..they have been saying people of other religions ie taoists and Buddhist are worshipping the devil. .since they are praying to idols and only Christians have souls ..you agree to this ? Before I forget Only Christians go to heavens while others go to hell ..that's preaching love unity and harmony....you must be a world class moron .

      November 13, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • sb

        Perhaps they want to pray to their god Allah in English and with Allah in English bibles ,too, not God, And in the worship in Chinese, English, Tamil, or whatever direct, god will be called Allah ,in their worships ,too, plus, the songs............list goes on.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  5. jimmy lim

    This Amanpour is so shallow without proper research unlike HARDTALK where it is hard hitting

    November 1, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • bengohmen

      yes totally agree with jimmy that amanpour is very shallow in her interview with malaysian pm najib, almost to the extend of total ignorance...pity her!!!!

      November 1, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • Melayu Stampin

        Agree with both Jimmy Lim and bengohmen. Interview very shallow. Many good records of Najib and BN not mentioned in the interview. Should do another interview!

        November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • i~yee

      I admired the Prime Minister – because he was a very open-minded prime minister!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  6. Inoato

    I am dismayed that Amanpour knows nothing about Malaysia when she did this interview. She should be responsible enough to do some research...the least what she can do is read some of the alternative online media writings about Malaysia. How can the majority Malays be marginalized when they control the judiciary, arm forces, police, all utilities companies, banks ..in fact the whole public sectors. After this show I have lost my respect of Amanpour.

    November 1, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Talk with facs and figures. Overall, comment with your real name. Than you can be shame of Amanpour. Get a life kiddo!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • kelvin

      inoato i am wonder whether u know the real senerio when u make this comment.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  7. udippel

    Amanpour is a disappointment here. The interview was badly researched, and some pertinent questions not asked. Never mind the Mongolian lady; but Najib's statement that he has been elected ought to have been questioned ("so far never against a contender"), and the "we are not racist" ought to have been countered by the question how a 30 billion aid package to one ethnicity does not defy this same statement.

    November 1, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
  8. ashok

    Malaysia is no Camelot but, along with neighbouring Indonesia, it does represent a facet of Islam that the world can be more comfortable with.

    November 1, 2013 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • Kiet

      Yes, I agree with you. I am Chinese Malaysian but I am appalled at the bad behaviour of the Chinese Malaysians during the last election. The Chinese Malaysians should travel more and see how fortunate they are in Malaysia instead of making incessant impossible demands. If they continue to provoke the silent Malays, expect a really bad backlash when the Malays hit back.

      November 4, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
      • Sophia Fillip

        Well said Kiet.

        November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am |
  9. Jeff

    This whole interview was elementary and patronizing. There's no probing questions and everything was taken at the face value. Like many commentators have said, it lacked research. There's also blatant lack of logic. How can a majority be marginalized? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is not true in Malaysia.

    November 1, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
  10. Rakyat Malaysia

    Why don't CNN interview the real Malaysians on the streets of Malaysia?

    November 1, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      That will be good. At least CNN will know the truth on the BN Transformation Programs under PM Najib Razak.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:57 am | Reply
  11. mttlong

    “And it’s about time we come to our senses and realize that moderation is the only path that will ensure peace and stability for the Muslim world, and for the wider world.”

    So says the man whose administration led the calls to ban the use of "Allah" among non- Muslims.

    Malaysia is nothing like the moderate Muslim country he says it is.

    November 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  12. jimmy lim

    This interview is all staged. Why go CNN with Amanpour and not on HARDTALK with Stephen Sackur? Najib is just a big racist chicken leader fro a racist party, UMNO

    November 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Jimmy Lim : From your comments i wonder if you are really interested into this news. Probably you are one of the paid troopers by the opposition who is trying hard to damage the PM's reputation. You are being paid RM1 per comment i guess.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
  13. TL

    Maybe a paid interview....

    November 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      What a childish comment. Amanpour paid for the Interview? LOL

      November 13, 2013 at 6:57 am | Reply
  14. Aaron

    The Malaysian PM is getting praise from the USA (The Mother of all capitalists) for his recent budget where he reduced tax on the super rich and announced plans to start a tax on the poor (GST).

    November 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Aaron : Please do some research and homework on GST. Can check out Idris Jala Blog on the GST!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
  15. jimmy lim

    Not only Malaysia's PM Najib a LIAR, HYPOCRITE, he is also a COWARD. He did not even dare to face the British investors who lost money after being swindled by his UMNO treasurer. He hid himself away from them when they protested during his conference in LOndon

    November 2, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Continuous repeat of slander on PM? HAHAHA.
      Carry on. RM1 additional for you now Mr trooper.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Tan Khai Beng

      I would like to really know who you really are for your slanderous and defamatory words used PM Najib

      November 13, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Tan Khai Beng

        I would like to really know who you really are for your slanderous and defamatory words used on PM Najib. ...

        November 13, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  16. Raghu

    Amanpour should do more research. Recommended reading--
    http://www.mocsarawak.wordpress.com/.../double-confirmation-corruption-rampant
    accountable.sinarproject.org › Issues
    ‎en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Taib_Mahmud‎
    malaysiakini.com
    limkitsiangblog
    mariam mokhtar blog

    November 2, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      Thamby ( Kid in Malaysian Language ),
      Well why not give the links on corrupted DAP leaders? Why not talk on Penang & Selangor. How much revenue Sarawak has? RM22Billion. While Penang only RM710Million. Dont be a dumb when you comment on a topic.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply
      • sb

        What! Is that true ? It is no wonder that this year we do not hear of that kiasu fella trying to double bonuses for MPPP and MPSP workers after PM has made the announcement. However, still got enough money to print Buletin Mutiara and change cars, I suppose. God ( Allah ? ) save Penang.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
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    November 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  18. Phtio

    This is a PR event – unfortunate that amanpour got roped in for this farcical interview???

    November 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  19. Ärchängël

    this is a advertorial... utterly no news value...

    November 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      For your level you think so.
      I dont see it as a adv. There are message and its related to our Nation.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply
  20. Fiishy fish

    Amanpour should read this article and realise herself how Najib cheated and lied throughout the whole interview.

    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/11/03/zero-racism-in-malaysia-najib/

    Am

    November 3, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Sophia Fillip

      HAHAHA. Its a pro-opposition portal.
      Why give her that link? Why not National News Portal web add?

      November 13, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
  21. J Lim

    Najib Razak is no international statesman and no Prime Minister of repute as compared to Mr Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore.
    It is a great insult to CNN and to Christine Amanpour to be hoodwinked into agreeing to a one-sided interview with Najib and allow him to sit through the interview with soft questions and to reply with sweet smiles, soft eyes and grandfatherly statements of care and concern for all Malaysians and to be aired internationally. If it is a paid political party broadcast then CNN and Amanpour have done well – with millions of US$ paid for the privilege. It is a fact of life in Malaysia, that Najib and his party, UMNO, and it's radical extremist racist off-shoot, Perkasa, are demonising other Malaysians especially the Chinese and Indians. CNN and Amanpour owes these demonised Malaysians a right of reply to air their side of the story to ensure that the news reporting is fair and balance. What say you CNN and Christine?

    November 3, 2013 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Well another moron comparing Malaysia with Singapore. Lets make it simple, shall we compare on the GST? Cost of living and etc?!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:08 am | Reply
  22. NHK

    Amanpour, thank you for helping Najib to spread his lies around the world. We as Malaysian greatly appreciate you kind help. Sigh....

    November 3, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  23. Ali Karim

    The Malaysian PM is a pathological liar, womanizer and conman. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/11/03/zero-racism-in-malaysia-najib/

    November 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Dont be such a moron

      November 13, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  24. Ali Karim

    How much did the Hypocrite paid CNN for this air time – USD 40 billion?

    November 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      That's what Anwar is capable of. not Najib

      November 13, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  25. Kanamex

    It is doubtful that Islamic financial system can easily fit into the global financial system. Because it is supposed not to have the concept of interest.

    November 4, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  26. Yip

    I can't believe CNN doesn't do their research before interviewing and especially so by not calling Najib out on the lies he is spewing. Any citizen of Malaysia can attest to the fact that Malaysia is getting more racist daily with intolerance for the minority increasing daily

    November 4, 2013 at 12:42 am | Reply
  27. jimmy lim

    Actually islamic financing is a con game and system. They dont call it interest but replaced it by calling PROFIT. If you try to redeem a so called "loan" taken out through islamic financing you will be shocked to find out you have to pay interest or profit for the whole period even though there is still an unexpired term of say 10 years

    November 4, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
    • Kanamex

      Completely agree with your view on So called Islamic financial system.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Dont borrow than. Stop being a crying baby.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
  28. J Lim

    Dear CNN and Chrisitiane Amanpour
    The interview you have conducted with Najib Razak have stirred a hornet's nest, and ordinary Malaysians of all races have now voiced their disgust at the propaganda interview that was conducted and aired by you and your organisation. SHAME ON YOU. As a responsible and respectable news organisation and a world renowned journalist, you should now acknowledged the mistake that was made, and to offer an opportunity to Malaysia's silent majority (yes, the print, radio & TV media in Malaysia are EXCLUSIVELY controlled by Najib and UMNO and its lackeys) to present their case to the international community. You should invite the leader of the opposition in Malaysia, Mr Anwar Ibrahim, to present his case. What say you?

    November 4, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Well i guess you dont understand the real meaning of control!! There are alot of difference between mahathir and Najib's era. Probably all this pro opposition portal should be banned. Than i can accept your comments.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:13 am | Reply
  29. Shahrina

    Amanpour, now that you have got te fairytale, get the reality and truth. Interview Ambiga

    November 4, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • jimmy lim

      Yes get an independent view from an NGO leader

      November 4, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
      • alfred

        Amanpour / CNN...are you game?

        November 4, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Sorry to say, all of you commenting here a a bunch of Idiots. Ambiga to give interview? Well she is pro opposition. What can you expect. !!! Dont be a fool!!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:12 am | Reply
    • H'ng Khoon Leng

      Make me laugh! Ambiga the person that remained totally silent on the DAP party election fraud? Lol. But, then it's Amanpour right to interview anyone, it's a free world.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  30. poisonedwell

    Is this another one of Najib's feel good interviews,where the network is paid a juicy sum of money to make the PM of Malaysia look good?

    November 4, 2013 at 6:23 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Is this what pakatan are capable of doing? Najib has a good reputation among the world leaders. Dont need paid adv!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
      • SK Alwi

        True!

        November 13, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • audie61

      Moderation... Yes Najib is very open about it and he is walking his talk and there are many ultras or extremists who are trying to paint Najib as BLACK as Charcoal. He listens and talks sense and of course when you have an opposition who acts and shouts at anything that the ruling government does just to score points this happens.
      There have been too much politicking and the Opposition just cannot wait for the next Elections. They should also administer their respective states that they rule instead they are attacking all the time at the RULING COALITION GOVERNMENT.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  31. real malaysian

    im malaysian.sad fact,najib twisting the fact that he that he care about other race.CNN should ask real Malaysian citizen whether he a fxxking racist or not.u will be surprised with the answer :)

    November 4, 2013 at 7:12 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      The way you answer shows your real character. Calling the Nation leader with the F word!
      Najib is Racist?! He has proven track record in the Nation. Overall BN has performed well to
      take the Nation steps higher while maintaining the Nation tolerance and unity among the
      multiracial society.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
  32. Harwinder

    Amanpour, what a waste of time your interview is if you sat there and listened to Najib's lies without research.
    He preached moderation in USA and came back to Msia to launch an economic scheme to benefit only the rich Malays, politicise 'Allah' and continue to encourage the insane PERKASA who want to burn bibles.
    Amanpour, time for you to do something else, journalism is not your thing.

    November 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Harwinder you are telling her what she needs to do?
      Jangan kasi sigh malu la thambi ( Dont put down the sikh's la brother )

      November 13, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • H'ng Khoon Leng

      A fair interview. It is people like you that are intolerance towards the needs and situations of a vibrant multi ethnic nation.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  33. KEVIN

    Malaysia is an economic gold mine for us if we can establish a gentle relationship with them.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:40 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Malaysia is a Nation which welcomes you with a open heart.
      Investors have found that operating in malaysia is the best they have did.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:21 am | Reply
  34. Biker

    As a Malaysian it is very sad to see fellow Malaysians getting very polarized because of petty politics. Look at the comments by Malaysians here. Almost everyone of them are non-Malays, mostly Chinese and they want to make sure that the current govt is seen as across the globe.

    I'm a non-Malay as well, and I too don't agree with a lot of the race based policies. But I wanna suggest my fellow non-Malay-Muslims to look at the other side of the fence as well. UMNO, as much as you hate it, has the backing of the overwhelming majority of the Malay-Muslim population, even more so after GE13. And now with Chinese DAP being the largest opposition, its obvious that they'll get more Malay-centric. It is a sad reality of politics.

    The need of the hour is national unity. So stop defaming and bad-mouthing each other's political leaders and show the world that we Malaysians, despite our differences, can tolerate each other.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • Foo

      It is always easy to blame "the others". But the sad fact remains, UMNO has been the ONLY govt we have for more than 5 1/2 decades and still counting. If we are always lamenting about "the good old times" of our founding fathers instead of OPEN racial/religious polarization now, shouldn't we hold the govt responsible?

      November 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Fully agree with you Biker.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
  35. Foo

    Ms Christiane,
    TQVM for the interview. PM Najib will never have interview like this back home. You raised some very pertinent questions on our general election, moderate Islam etc..............but as usual PM Najib either repeated whatever he said in the international media (which is TOTALLY different from what he DID back home) or evaded them. I have watched many of your interviews with other dignitaries, I can only say you are extremely "gentle" with PM Najib.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Kat

      I am rather surprise with her poor knowledge of Malaysia. I don't think she does any homework prior to meeting our PM. And I think she does not knows ASEAN very well nor have I see her in our region. No doubt, she an excellent journalist, but please don't try to cover the world! She is a specialist in Middle East, but ASEAN, I have doubt after the Najib interview.

      November 6, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
      • Mohd Shukri Hassan

        Well you would not have said this if it was anwar who was interviewed or Lim Guan Eng!

        November 13, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Well you would not have said this if it was anwar who was interviewed or Lim Guan Eng!!!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
  36. Kat

    Every comment is the truth and I hope the journalist who does the interview read the comment and possible do something so that the truth can prevail. It is disappointing to see a world renown journalist not doing her homework! So is she the journalist who said she ask the questions that really matters! Honestly, I have doubts just like most of you about her.

    November 6, 2013 at 4:14 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Well you would not have said this if it was anwar who was interviewed or Lim Guan Eng!!!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
  37. Iqie

    Amanpour, I believe there were some very tough questions and i believe any leader being put thru a fair or maybe not excellent questions would fumble in some ways but i think the outcome demonstrate a good leadership qualities. I am truly disgusted in reading some nasty comments however is their right to do so but not the kind political maturity that i expected most Malaysians have but hey thats the reality of it you have some disgruntled opposition backers who claimed NGO interview would fare better go ahead and do it amanpour but atleast it will get a slightly dumb answer. A lawyer in profession will always be LAWYA BUROK AND brings you round and round. NGO will always be NGO's just like greenpeace will always be greenpeace it truly does not resemble the majority of what Malaysians wants. This little small majority with good and fair comments but in my opinion an embarrasment for the country to have them in getting some if not all the facts correct. Whom ever the leader of a country there must be respectful behaviour unless they were brought up by ancient time parents. I am just frustrated looking at this comments from some fellow Malaysians but what to do thats the reality of ancient times of opposition game i guess. I think all the facts have its pors and cons in any situation that it leads to but in some may not be true but the bigger picture is we are still peaceuful than many other countries that are similar. whats the big deal about the courts decide you cant use Allah it just accept it. We dont provoke religious tension why want to go into a territory that is not yours. You are christian, buddha or whatever your religion, do we tell in your religion what to use or what to say. NO so stay bloodie hell out the religion issues. Amanpour you should invite Anwar Ibrahim if he is even qualified to be interview by CNN! by the way Anwar Ibrahim always get Wolfowiz to pay all his interview so opposition is worst. Last but least yes stop defaming others for not able to get your way. Show some decency in respecting others if you dont like it i think you should just leave Malaysia. for me personally i dont like Mahathir but i dont openly frustratedly said about him on international media and one thing for sure wont openly bring down my own country even though i dont like the opposition also i wont openly say they are real idiots to run the country right and one thing for sure i dont think i would tell Amanpour how to do her job where she has the influence to attract many good leaders to appear on her show. With your vast little knowledge or IQ what gives you the right to say Amanpour interview outcome sucks and what is your credentials in compare to Amanpour. Yes you are better Amanpour right. Good then work and apply for CNN lah. In indian language we say dey thambi poooodah.

    November 7, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Good One Iqie

      November 13, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • sam

      Good say

      November 14, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
  38. lesser

    well i have to say that maybe there is inequality in malaysia but the bottom line is that we all can live in prosperous. i mean even though the chinese didnt get that small privillages compared to the bumis but they have enjoy a big portion of wealth in malaysia. isnt that good if we can help our malay friends also since we have to admit that they are the majority in the country and if we leave them behind it will terribly affect our economy. but other than that im happy to stay in malaysia so far being me and my multiracial friends can live happily. as for our prime minister there will always be room fro improvements sir! hope for the best. =)

    November 13, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
  39. semut

    Our PM Najib is a good PM...he done a great jobs for our country !!

    November 13, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply
  40. Lily Lee

    I am proud to be Malaysian and to have PM Najib rule the country. At the sasme time, I am ashamed that some Malaysians seem to have no nationalistic feelings whatsoever in the way some have gone to town in slamming not only PM Najib but also Ms Christine Amanpour.

    If only more could be like Iqie to maintain an objective view and to challenge seatwarmers to apply to CNN.

    I hope Ms Christine can graciously respond to some of the unfair and baseless accusations/claims.

    As for me, I am all for PM Najib! Keep up the good work, CNN!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
    • semut

      Well said Lily ....

      November 13, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      Good one.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:27 am | Reply
    • Semut Balakong

      They think that by insulting own country, other country will accept them.

      November 16, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply
  41. semut national

    Our PM najib done well as PM for our Malaysia,some of malaysian are not patriotism with own nation and own leader and talk badly. They are getting wrong infomation and wrong idea and become mad till talk like that. We love our PM najib and we know why US President Obama cancel the trip to SEA country...

    November 13, 2013 at 6:22 am | Reply
  42. wjwong

    Thanks PM!! You're the BEST!!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:23 am | Reply
  43. semut national

    I love our PM and Our Nation maybe our nation will be more beautifull and more patriotic people if some of criticism people keep they mouth close..

    November 13, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
  44. Felicia

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who care and concern for all Malaysians!
    Thank you PM.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:29 am | Reply
  45. Kevin

    Our PM Najib Razak....You are the best.....

    November 13, 2013 at 6:33 am | Reply
  46. Proud to be Malaysian Chinese

    Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak is the BEST Malaysian PM so far. He is a capable leader who has brought Malaysia to a greater height. As a Chinese, I strongly feel that he has given the best possible offers to Malaysian Chinese. I support his effort of managing my country.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      You have put those chinese commentors above to shame!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
  47. Yh Liew

    The best Prime Minister Malaysia- Najib Razak.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:35 am | Reply
  48. gordon

    U guys should aprreciate living in malaysia..we have a great leader guiding us into better future..

    November 13, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply
    • Mohd Shukri Hassan

      They should be. Simply crapping here!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
  49. loneranger ant

    so sad to see the opposite thinking comment... most of them has been brain washed by the opposite party... our Malaysian PM is a carrying leader and very hard work for Malaysian better future.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:37 am | Reply
  50. sensible&ethical

    Talk is cheap. It is very easy to criticize others but do you guys bother looking into the mirror. It is not easy to govern a multicultural pot like Malaysia. Those who complained the most are usually the ones who are not providing constructive feedback and do the real work to bring real change in Malaysia. From the likes of it, most of the antiNajib and antiAmanpour comments are just hot air. While the Malaysian Prime Minister is working hard to bring transformation to Malaysia, you guys are good in condemning others instead of debating intellectually.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply
  51. Lya

    Malaysia PM is a good leader.. We live in peace and harmony.. It is the evidence that govt did their job for their citizen..

    November 13, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
  52. Mohd Shukri Hassan

    The cancelation of Obama's trip was something we Malaysians should regret. The US President trip would have surely created a positive impact on our economic which includes new investment. His trip would have given confidance to new investors for sure.

    The GES Summit was a success which was attended by John Kerry. Many have and will gain through it. Most of the negative comments here I believe are from the pro opposition. They have to admit that PM Najib Razak have brought changes and he is sincere in implementing policies and plans by upholding the 1Malaysia concept.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
  53. Nick

    Politics aside, what else are we looking for? We are living in a peaceful, harmonious country with plenty of opportunities. Do we really want riots and havoc like the last April 2012? Do we really want to be the victim of political agendas like what happened during the last April 2012? Please ponder , my fellow Malaysians.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  54. Ann

    Prime Minister Malaysia Najib Razak is a very good listener! He never interrupts a conversation.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:50 am | Reply
  55. Ada Kuasa

    I'm a Malaysian and I know what really happened. All the fools out there should proud what our PM Najib did to our country. The opposition only can talk talk talk like parrot, you can hear the voice but nothing happens and no actions.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
  56. People Malaysia

    I'm so proud to be malaysian..Because we have a great PM...PM,we always support you ~~

    November 13, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply
  57. makcw

    For those negative comment please do not
    believe, this is Malaysia opposite party
    want to destroy images of Malaysia leader ,this is the way opposite party dirty tactic, what I know our Malaysia PM is a good leader and always hard work for Malaysia.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
  58. christine

    Our PM did excellent job as a leader.. no doubt when the citizen still choose him in last election..

    November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
  59. fcsiang1978

    I BELIEVE NAJIB CAN BRING STABILITY TO MALAYSIA , HE HAVE PLAN N KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING ...

    November 13, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
  60. marksemut

    Our Malaysia PM is a great leader,he is a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:08 am | Reply
  61. mark

    Malaysia PM najib is a greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
  62. SK Alwi

    Sore losers. Just can't take the fact that majority of Malaysians want Najib and BN to win the election. Period. Many opposition leaders already accept this fact. But too bad many of their supporters have gone insane and tried to paint a bad picture about Najib. Why can't wait for the next GE? Where are the 40,000 Bangla? And what about the claim on black-out? And many more.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
  63. i~yee

    come on! Malaysian people! Do not attempt to destroy the country's reputation! And please lah respect our prime minister too!

    November 13, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
  64. sam

    We love our PM Najib who done so much changes and development in malaysia,not like DAP and PKR who know talk-talk for notthing and do a demo for notthing. They were no any changes happen in penang or selangor but they successfully increase the housing price to sky level. But the DAP and PKR supporters not realise all this issue, they only talk for notthing for everything like the PKR and DAP leader..I Love PM NajibRazak

    November 13, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  65. sam

    Yes our PM do so much for our people and for nation, salut him and Respect him for lead our nation. We are so happy with our PM NajibRazak lead.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
  66. Jiwa Merah

    Najib is a good man and a very hardworking Prime Minister. In East Malaysia there is so much respect for the man as he has travelled extensively throughout both the states of Sabah and Sarawak and met the people. He listens and tries to to advocate the necessary changes to assist their livelihoods too. He lets his actions does the talking and not just whims and fancies. If he is a dictator many would be in Jail and suffering in silence. There is Democracy in Malaysia and whoever thinks that Malaysian Government is extreme they better come and see for themselves.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
  67. malaysian

    Najib is a good PM. We are happy with Najib. PR leader real a big liar.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  68. Robert Jong

    Do you see Singaporeans bad mouthing Lee Kuan Yew in international websites?

    Or Indonesians doing the same to their leaders?

    Or Thais or Vietnamese or Koreans slamming their political leaders for all and sundry to see?

    Nope.

    Only in Malaysia!

    What an utter disgrace! Get real, Malaysians! Be thankful we have peace, harmony and prosperity – thanks to good leaders such as PM Najib and a great team!

    November 13, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • Nathan Jack

      Well Said Robert.
      PR Supporters are good in bad mouthing and enjoys putting down our leaders.

      November 13, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • OCD

      Agreed Robert, in other countries, civil discourse takes place. But certain irresponsible parties like to tarnish the image of others and run down their own leaders. This interview is about the challenges Malaysia face as a nation in the midst of global uncertainties. Constructive comments should be geared toward that direction and not spreading hatred and bigotry. By the way, an opposition supporter friend of mine mentioned clearly that even though he supports the Opposition Coalition Pakatan Rakyat, he still thinks and believes Prime Minister Najib Razak is a liberal leader and a moderate leader. Only fools will keep denying the fact.

      November 13, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  69. gordon

    We must unite for our country..therefore malaysia will be a greater nation..think positively guys...

    November 13, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  70. Howard C

    People...let us be fair, rational and respectful when posting comments.

    We cannot let emotions overrule rational thinking.

    Neither can we allow ourselves to be blinded by propaganda.

    The fact remains PM has been consistent in his effort to develop Malaysia.

    Well done, PM.

    Well done, Christiane and CNN.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  71. Adrienne Lim

    Long live our King, our PM, our leaders and our country. And if you cannot respect any of the above, then you don't belong here.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
  72. Adrienne Lim

    Democracy is alive and well. Racial diversity is respected. We have so much to be proud for and it can never be enough for you lot. You don't like it here, do get lost.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  73. truth

    "These matters will gain prominence only when politicized. Only when the opposition can see that the matter can gain votes and win elections will they talk about it. They will scream, rant and rave about something only if they think there is political mileage in doing so." The Federal Opposition is only good in politicizing and spinning untruths, lies and hogwash.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  74. James Lee

    So far he did his best for our nation! His hardworking is not to show off, but he really did his job as a PM well! But some of the people didn't saw it and they are influence by other political party... Try to think this way, you may feel our PM is the best! "To take care a family is already a big business in our life, how about PM that have to take care the family of whole country?"

    November 13, 2013 at 11:58 am | Reply
  75. Justin Foo

    It is tricky running a multi-racial country like Malaysia. To remain in power, first and foremost, Najib has to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the Malays who are the people that made him the leader or he will be deposed by them. The man is no pathological liar and he is no racist. He is but a pragmatic politician. He is just trying to strike a delicate balance between being a Malay rightist for his Malay supporters and a liberal to the non Malay-Muslims. So far, he has not done too bad a job for at least he has refrained from constantly making sarcastic, chauvinistic and racist remarks on the non Malays. He has carried himself well as a prime minister for Malaysian of all races, albeit, the non Malays would like to see him implement more policies that are not non racial-based.

    After GE13, his party UMNO thinks it necessary to reward their Malay voters to enhance their allegiance to UMNO, and to punish the Chinese voters who rejected UMNO/BN with the hope that they will realize voting for the opposition is no great idea and thus decide to vote for UMNO/BN in future elections. So far Najib has not overdone it. It is just politics at work, not racism.

    Although Malaysia is not a perfect democracy, it has made steady progress over the past 56 years in terms of socio-economic development. The world at large has always considered Malaysia a success story in quite a few aspects.

    It is true racial polarization has worsened in recent years. But Najib is not to be held fully responsible for he has merely inherited an imperfect system and culture. There is no panacea for all the imperfections, inequalities and social ills prevalent in this country. The election is over. BN has won it. All Malaysians have no alternative but to give the charismatic prime minister five more years to introduce the desired changes the country so desperately needs in a slow and study manner.

    November 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • nicky

      Agreed. Everything's good so far. People just don't understand how politic works and what they know is just about complaining here and there without knowing the truth.

      November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  76. John

    He is leading a country to peace. They will be problems along the way but bare with him.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  77. Ricky

    Yes. Agreed.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  78. Macob

    RESPECT!

    November 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  79. Lee

    Internal conflicts can be resolve. Believe in the PM !!!

    BELIEVE IN HIM THAT BELIEVES IN YOU.....slowly but surely.....make Malaysia a better country.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  80. Ridzi

    Najib may not be the best PM, but he is definitely not racist and Malaysia is the most un-racist country in the world. Only in Malaysia that we let the minorities have their own papers and schools and many of them can't even speak the national language fluently. How un-racist can a person be?

    November 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  81. Hazmy

    You can say a lot of things about Malaysia but not racist. ..any creature with eyes that can see can never deny this fact. Only by giving it a glance, you can see how powerful the minorities are in Malaysia. Just by looking at some comments here, you can sense their arrogance. And arrogance definitely doesnt fit the picture of a victim of oppression or racism.

    November 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  82. Semut Balakong

    PM had done his job as a PM. How about those insulting own country? Have you done your job as a citizen? Have you ever help the community? Rather than wasting time insulting own country (which really a disgrace to the country), can you spend more time on a more healthy job like helping the community?

    November 16, 2013 at 6:07 am | Reply
  83. CF Kwong

    It is sad to see some Malaysian are breed to hate, not to embrace peace. :(

    December 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
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