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Najib in Sydney for ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

18 March 2018

"I'm confident and strongly believe that the special summit and my visit and discussions with Australian leaders will enhance the Malaysia-Australia and Asean-Australia bilateral relations".

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived here on Friday evening to attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 scheduled for the weekend.

"Clearly, attempts to get Turnbull to distance himself from me has failed as the Australian government chose to give the Malaysian government the highest honour", he said.

Najib is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the closing segment of the Counter-Terrorism Conference on the first day of the summit. "In fact, Malaysia's investment in Australia is bigger than from Australia to Malaysia and this includes Petronas' LNG plant worth US$ 5 billion", he said in his Facebook Live broadcast today.

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"I hope the Prime Minister washes his hands many, many times because it's the hand of blood, the hand of exploitation, the hand of criminality, the hand of brutality, he said".

The event was held on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit in Sydney on Saturday.

"There are also places and restaurants owned by Malaysians here (in Australia) and this proved the close people-to-people ties between Malaysia and Australia", he said.

"We have passed a number of laws, including the National Security Council Act, the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, because we were determined not to wait until an atrocity was committed, and only act later". "Being a diverse society is attractive and it will be wonderful if we all respect each other", he said.

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An Australian paper had said that Turnbull would find it "awkward" to meet Najib following the remarks by Alex Turnbull.

"Daesh online propaganda can reach out to more than 300 million Muslims in our region".

Turnbull, who delivered his keynote address before Najib, was also on the same page with the prime minister on the importance of having laws that could rein in terror elements, before they get out of control, saying that Asean must work together to develop and implement counter-terrorism legislation consistent with worldwide standards and best practices. They will unlock new opportunities for the economies and strengthen their joint work to countering terrorism and other common security threats.

Earlier, Najib and other ASEAN leaders were formally welcomed by Turnbull to the summit. Mr Turnbull will be joined by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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Najib in Sydney for ASEAN-Australia Special Summit