Najib on mission to expand BN’s network in UK
LONDON, May 14 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is on a networking mission to raise the coalition’s profile in the UK.
According to The Star, Najib (picture) will be launching the UK chapter of ‘Friends of Barisan Nasional’ affiliate which comprises Barisan-friendly associates from Britain at the House of Lords today.
Among several senior British politicians who will be attending the launch are Lord Howell of Guildford, Lord Astor of Hever, Lord Sheikh of Cornhill, MP for Northampton South Brian Binley and MP for Stone Bill Cash.
Barisan Nasional seeks to gather and forge trade, investment and business opportunities and economic integration between Malaysian and the Britsh business communities.
The prime minister is also on a working visit to the UK to witness the signing of an MoU and a strategic joint-venture agreement between FELDA Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) and two British commodity firms at the Malaysian High Commission today.
Najib will be attending a luncheon with Malaysians based in the UK at IndigO2, a 2,400-capacity event hall at Greenwich, later in the evening.
According to the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK, Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong, the evening will be a good opportunity for Najib to meet Malaysians from all walks of life based in the UK.
Zakaria said at a press conference yesterday that according to World Bank numbers, there are at least 70,000 Malaysians based in the UK. He hopes that Malaysian Londoners as well as those based in the UK will take this opportunity to meet the prime minister as well as to forge closer ties among themselves.