5:16 pm - Tuesday May 23, 9989

Hasina denies Bangladeshis involved in GE13

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has denied the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s claim that 40,000 of Bangladeshi people were involved and voted for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Malaysia’s 13th general election(GE13).

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said during his meeting with Sheikh Hasina, the South Asian leader shook her head in disbelief at the claim.

hasina -najibNajib also said if the claim that his visit to Bangladesh was to meet and thank those people for voting for the BN in the last general election, then his mission had failed as he did not meet any of the purported voters.

“Looks like this second mission has failed because I did not meet the 40,000 Bangladeshis who were said to have voted for the Barisan Nasional,” he told reporters after returning his country.

Najib said the Bangladesh prime minister further dismissed the claim as absurd as it was unlikely for Malaysia to accord citizenship to 40,000 Bangladeshis.

Last week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim charged the claim made by the opposition during the GE13 to be a big lie, stressing that only 12 Bangladeshis had acquired Malaysian citizenship in the past 10 years.

  — Bernama