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Najib warns Malaysians not to risk their future by voting the opposition

Published on Nov 29, 2012 1:07 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak appealed to Malaysians not to experiment with their future by voting the opposition, as he warned that this would lead to economic doom and loss of sovereignty.

In his opening speech at his ruling Umno party congress on Thursday, Mr Najib said within the first year of an opposition Pakatan Rakyat government, Malaysia's deficit will soar to almost 30 per cent, and by 2015, its debt will be a massive 140 per cent of the gross domestic product.

"By the third year, we would reach a critical stage and lose our economic sovereignty like Greece," he told the 2,000 Umno delegates who were meeting for the last time before the next general election.

Reiterating that he has a plan to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation, he promised to continue serving the people while also offering his leadership's apologies for any mistakes that they have made.

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