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Mahathir: Malaysia Supports Belt and Road Initiative
Date: 28 April 2019   Published by: IBN
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed that Malaysia will offer full support to the joint development plan of Belt and Road Initiative

28 April 2019, BEIJING – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed that Malaysia will offer full support to the joint development plan of Belt and Road Initiative in a press conference after he attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Mahathir said that the forum gave him a clearer perspective on the goals of BRI and he feels that the development plan will be beneficial to Malaysia as a whole.

He added that the Belt and Road Initiative is not a strategy to dominate other countries. Its policies are developed by many participating countries and it will bring forth many infrastructure construction that will ultimately enhance the local economies of these countries.

The media conference was held after his return from the 5-day forum in Beijing.

The forum was attended by world leaders representing various countries in Asia, Africa, South America, UK, Spain, Germany, etc.

Healthy Discussion Among All Participating Countries

Mahathir states that all participating countries were actively contributing ideas to form an ideal infrastructure development plan.

“The Belt and Road Initiative is different from other development plans that wanted to create a world without borders and free trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) who made the proposals and asked other participating countries to just accept them,” he said.

The forum treats all participating countries equally, regardless of the size of country to contribute to their development plans.

“Some of the countries have total population of 300,000 to 400,000 and they are seated together with China with 1.4 billion population to talk about the infrastructure development projects,” he added.

All the suggestions and opinions of other countries are taken into consideration in the infrastructure initiative, which was evident in the meeting report issued after the forum had ended.

Malaysia will be supportive of the Belt and Road Initiative as it is extremely beneficial to the country.

This includes other collaborations with China companies outside of the projects of the initiative, such as Huawei

During the trip, Mahathir has also visited two technology giants in China, namely Huawei and SenseTime.

He states that both Huawei and SenseTime own a very advanced AI technology that will revolutionise our lifestyle.

However, these technologies are expensive and Malaysia may opt to rent them to reduce the cost.