PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan reiterated his call to the opposition coalition to stop undermining and sabotaging the country's economy.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said doing so would lead to a negative impact on the country and its people.
Abdul Rahman said the Malaysia could lose the confidence of foreign investors without whom, employment among Malaysians may suffer.
"The opposition said Malaysia is no longer a strong export country and that the low Ringgit value is not bringing in profits but we have statistics that show our exports increasing for seven consecutive months since November 2016.
"In fact in May, our exports recorded a double-digit growth," he told reporters at the Economic Planning Unit's Hari Raya open house, yesterday.
He added that Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first quarter of 2017 (5.6 per cent) which exceeded initial projection was supported by the strong growth in exports.
"For the first five months of 2017, Malaysia's export growth (23.3 per cent) was the fastest among regional exporters beating China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
"Malaysians should not fall for the opposition's political rhetoric which is only aimed at giving our economy a bad image," Abdul Rahman said.
He urged the opposition to get their facts right and provide evidence when they make statements and misleading claims, such as country being in a state of bankruptcy.
"I hope Malaysians will not easily believe such statements made by the opposition," he said, adding that he was confident that the country's exports will grow more this year.