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M'sia's Look East policy set for second wave
Publication Date : 12-12-2013
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who begins a four-day official visit to Japan on today, is set to usher in a ‚Äúsecond wave‚ÄĚ of the Look East Policy.
Najib and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, will look to making adjustments to the policy to better suit it to the present environment.
Rejuvenating the policy will be high on the agenda of discussions that are to include Malaysia‚Äôs economic transformation programme, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin.
Then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad formulated the policy in 1982, aimed at learning from Asian industrial giants Japan and South Korea whose work ethics and practices he admired.
Hamzah said: ‚ÄúWe expect there will be matters raised when the two prime ministers meet that can go into the action plan for the second wave (of the Look East Policy).‚ÄĚ
Hamzah said the prime minister will meet chief executives of seven leading Japanese companies which are operating in Malaysia.
Najib will also attend the Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit on Saturday.