Najib: Who are we to pressure Obama

(Bernama) – Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has refuted allegations by Anwar Ibrahim that United States President Barack Obama was pressured not to meet the opposition leader during his visit to Malaysia.

“Who is to pressure Barack Obama? Obama is the president of a super power.

“We are only a small country,” he told a media conference after chairing an Umno Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato’ Onn here yesterday.

Najib was replying to allegations by Anwar who claimed Obama was pressured not to meet him during the visit, which begins today.

On whether he would discuss the issue of Anwar running down the country and his leadership abroad in his meeting with Obama, Najib said:

“I do not know. We will see. I will tell you after meeting Obama.”

Najib said the government would ensure complete security during the three-day official visit of the US President.

“God willing, all will be safe. I will ensure all would run smoothly,” he said.

Asked on the proposed meeting between PAS and Umno on the hudud law issue by Kelantan Umno Liaison Committee chairman Mustapa Mohamed, Najib said: “We do not know the proposals of PAS.

“We are not aware of what the proposals are. If PAS wants to present to us, we are prepared to accept and look at what PAS is proposing,” he said.