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Malaysia Leader Says Firms That Hire Locals, Invest Are Welcome

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on June 19. Photo: VCG
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on June 19. Photo: VCG

The new Malaysian prime minister said his government won’t discriminate against Chinese companies who help the country’s economy, singling out Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as a model investor.

“Mr. Jack Ma’s idea, Alibaba’s idea, is what we want. … He wants to train Malaysians, he wants Malaysians to do business, he wants to urge Malaysians to market in China — that’s fine,” Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the South China Morning Post in an interview published Wednesday.

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