TOKYO, June 11 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that Malaysia will remain friendly with China but it would not want to be indebted to that country.
The prime minister pointed out that the previous government had borrowed large sums of money for big projects, and the only country willing to lend such big amounts was China.
He said no one cared then whether Malaysia was able to repay the loans or not.
"So, we'll have to find ways and means to reduce the loans...[Continue Reading]
TOKYO, June 11 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the person who will succeed Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim as Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor has been identified.
Speaking at a dialogue with journalists at the Japan National Press Club here Monday, the Malaysian prime minister said the appointment would be made soon.
"Although we've identified the person we cannot name the person until we have obtained the approval of the king (Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad...[Continue Reading]
TOKYO, June 11 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his ambition to start a new national car project.
He pointed out that Proton, which he launched, was no longer a national car.
"Our ambition is to start a (new) national car with partners in the region," he said, mentioning countries such as Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand.
Speaking at the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia or Nikkei Conference, here on Monday, Dr...[Continue Reading]
TOKYO, June 11 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is willing to serve as prime minister if that is the wish of the people or as long as they want him to.
"But of course, I don't know how long I myself will last," he said, adding that in two years' time he would be 95 years old.
Speaking at the Nikkei Conference in Tokyo on Monday, Dr Mahathir pointed out that he was already the oldest prime minister in the world.
"It will be a record if I reach...[Continue Reading]
TOKYO, June 11 (Bernama) - There is a need to kick-start the East Asia Economic Caucus (EAEC) initiative to counter the growing trade protectionism shown by countries such as the United States, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Now, the United States has become isolationist again. So, we need to consider the formation of the EAEC more seriously," he told the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia or Nikkei Conference, here Monday.
Dr Mahathir, who...[Continue Reading]