Nik Aziz’s presence at ECER zone launch ‘bodes well for ties’

8/7/2009 — NST

Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s presence at the launch of the East Coast Economic Region’s Special Economic Zone two days ago shows the Pas leader’s desire to forge good relations with the Federal Government, said the prime minister here yesterday.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said relations between the Federal Government and state governments, especially those under opposition rule, should not be an issue but the interests of the people, including in Kelantan, should be given attention in a fair manner.

“A high degree of understanding (between the Federal Government and Kelantan government) cannot be achieved within a short time, but what is important is the sincerity and mutual respect shown by the leaders of both sides,” he told Malaysian journalists on the last day of his official visit to Brunei.

Najib was asked to comment on Nik Aziz’s statement that he was grateful for the extraordinary reception from the prime minister during his visit to Pekan.

“I appreciate Nik Aziz’s comments and his willingness to participate in that day’s programme.”

Najib was referring to Nik Aziz comments that he had never received such a warm reception from previous prime ministers, besides being impressed with Najib’s generosity with his smile as well as the various areas they visited.

Najib said as prime minister, he wanted to be fair to all Malaysians.