8 Feb 2007

Malaysian business people arrive in Fiji to explore investment opportunities

11:47 am on 8 February 2007

A group of Malaysian business people has arrived in Fiji to explore investment opportunities in the fisheries and forestry sectors.

Fiji TV reports that the group has been brought in by leading businessman and former finance minister, Sir James Ah Koy.

Sir James says he acted in response to the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama's call for Fiji to look north because of the hardline stance taken by New Zealand and Australia.

The Malaysian businessmen have already met with Commodore Bainimarama and relevant government officials responsible for the sectors they want to invest in.

Sir James says the Malaysian businessmen want to help Fiji because that they know that had it not been for Fijian soldiers, Malaysia would have been overrun by communists in the early 1950s.

He says despite Fiji's coups and all, they have faith in the country.