Malaysia has recorded many achievements to be proud of in the first three months of this year (Q1) and has also received positive reports in local and international media, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said.
Among the positive news which grabbed the front pages in many of newspapers and magazines, Najib said, included Malaysia being among the 10 most prolifically expanding economies in the world, as reported in The Economist.
"PriceWaterhouse Coopers also reported that Malaysia is expected to earn the 25th highest Gross Domestic Product growth by 2030 while International Living Magazine reported that the Malaysian Health Service is the third best in the world," he said in his latest posting in his blog, najibrazak.com titled 'Malaysia in the Eyes of the World'.
Other news topics Najib shared in his post was that Universiti Malaya was among the 100 Best Universities in Asia in 2017, which was carried by Bernama; the fourth quarter growth (in 2016) of the Malaysian economy exceeded expectations (Berita Harian); Bank Negara's new move expected to boost ringgit (New Straits Times) and 11 subjects in local universities listed as the top 50 in the world (New Straits Times).
'Best country for investments'
Najib said US News & World Report also reported that Malaysia was the best country for investments in 2017.
"Thank God, three months since we entered the 2017 new year, Malaysia has progressed step-by-step in every aspect of national development.
"During the period too, many good and positive news on Malaysia were highlighted in newspapers and magazines, be they local or international," he said.
But, unfortunately, Najib said, there were some among the people of Malaysia, especially the opposition, who opted not to see or pretended not to see all the good news only because the good news were contrary to their narratives that Malaysia was a failed nation.
"This not only shows how lowly the opposition views the capability of the country and its people, but also shows its low self-esteem as Malaysians. Where is your love for my country?" he said.
Najib said all these showed that Malaysia's situation, whether in the eyes of the locals or the world, is not as bad as trumpeted by the opposition.
So many positive matters that the people of Malaysia could be proud of had been achieved in this country, whether in terms of economy, education and many more, he said.
"The success of my country is the success of all the people, and indeed, we should be proud about it.
"Taking pride in my country, Malaysia," Najib said.