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The postponement of the 14th Asean Summit and related summits in Thailand due to anti-government protests could impede the good work of a regional grouping like Asean, Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama quoted Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying.

Najib, who had flown to Pattaya on Friday to attend the Asean meetings, had to cut short the visit yesterday when Thailand declared emergency in Pattaya after thousands of anti-government protesters stormed the venue of the meetings and forced their cancellation.

"It was unfortunate that my meetings were cancelled one after another as leaders could not leave or enter the conference venue.

"Luckily, with the assistance of the Thai armed forces and police, we made it safely to the airport en route home," said Najib, who returned to Malaysia at 7.30pm Saturday.

Najib said: "As we took off, I reflected with great concern how domestic political challenges like these can impede the good work of a regional grouping like Asean."

The summits, carrying the theme "Acting Together to Cope with Global Challenges", were to have held significance in Asean's relations with its dialogue partners besides giving the opportunity for all the countries to discuss current issues of regional and international concern.

Writing in his blog,, Najib also invited Malaysians to send comments to his blog on their thoughts on the recently announced Cabinet line-up and the new performance-based approach which he intended to enforce.






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