Malaysian PM is in Pakistan for three days
[caption id="attachment_1717107" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Government of Pakistan/Twitter[/caption] Prime Minister M Imran Khan and his Malaysian counterpart have agreed to combat corruption and negative perceptions surrounding Muslims. “There is a feeling of fear and enmity towards Muslims across the world,” said Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister of Malaysia, while addressing a joint press conference with PM Khan on Friday. “The feeling of hatred is generated by the way things are reported in the media,” he remarked. “We can not always win by fighting back. In Malaysia, we believe in winning peoples' hearts.” Related: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad arrives in Pakistan We have to improve the perception of the Muslim world, he said. We need to reduce the atmosphere of hatred towards Muslims, he remarked while speaking about a terrorist killing 50 people after opening fire on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch last week. Mahathir Mohamad is a Muslim statesman who changed his country, remarked PM Khan. “We admire you for that. We admire you for taking a stand on issues that affect the Muslim world. Very few leaders take a stand on them.” The Muslim world is suffering from many problems, such as the war on terrorism and Islamophobia, among others, he said. [caption id="attachment_1717312" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prime Minister Imran Khan greets the Malaysian PM on his arrival to PM House on March 22, 2019. Photo: Government of Pakistan/Twitter[/caption] It is sad that not a single Muslim country is considered ‘developed’, said the Malaysian PM. “Malaysia hopes to become a ‘developed’ country by 2025. All Muslim countries must strive to develop themselves too.” Corruption Imran Khan said that Pakistan admires the way the Malaysian PM combatted corruption and helped the country progress. “People aren’t poor, corruption makes them poor,” he said. Related: Malaysian Prime Minister will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day ceremony Everything costs more when there is corruption, said PM Mohamed. “We are concerned about corruption too. We must exchange information on how to combat corruption.” Trade The Malaysian PM expressed the desire to increase trade with Pakistan. “We have identified many areas where we can enhance our relationship with Pakistan. If we increase trade, it will benefit us both a lot,” he said. “We are happy to renew our relations with Pakistan.” “Malaysia was an impoverished nation at the time of its independence,” said Mahathir Mohamed while addressing an investment conference in Islamabad. “We improved its infrastructure through hard work.” We got initial successes because of our agricultural reforms. Industrialisation helps create job opportunities, he said. “We have no other enemy but Israel. Malaysia has brotherly relations with all countries but Israel,” he said. Dr Mahathir thanked Pakistan for convening the Business Conference. "Such conferences help us understand each other," he remarked. Related: Pakistan and Malaysia sign MoUs for five major projects Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan also addressed the conference. “Dr Mahathir made Malaysia a role model for other countries to emulate.” He was presented with a guard of honour upon his arrival to PM House Friday morning. He was accompanied by PM Khan and Finance Minister Asad Umar. PM Mohamad arrived in Pakistan for a three-day visit on Thursday night. He was given a 21-gun salute on his arrival. The Malaysian PM is visiting on invitation of PM Khan. He will attend the Pakistan Day parade on March 23 as the chief guest. Follow SAMAA English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.