“Yes, I met him (Soros) upon his request, and after (former PM) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) met Soros, I didn’t see a problem with that," said Najib.
“It was a normal courtesy call. Nothing untoward, nothing sinister, nothing to worry about,” he said, matter of fact.
He added that the important thing was “not that I (the PM) met him, but what was discussed”.
“We did not discuss about how to topple the government or to get funding, etc,” he said.
He, however, declined to elaborate on what was discussed at the New York meeting, and repeatedly said that “it was just a courtesy call”.
Asked if Soros was advised not to fund puppet regimes, the PM said: “We did’'t talk about that. He didn’t say anything about that.”
The American billionaire has been accused by Mahathir of plotting to place a puppet regime in Malaysia.
He is also accused by several quarters recently of having funded anti-government activities in several countries including Egypt, which underwent what is now called the Arab Spring.
BN supreme council meeting
Najib, who spoke after chairing the BN supreme council meeting, said that the meeting had discussed the 2013 Budget and how to ensure proper implementation.
“There are 111 touch points and we endeavour to implement them to show that this government has the will to fulfil all promises,” he said.
He also said that the Pakatan Rakyat alternative budget had failed to garner interest, especially from analysts.
“Analysts found the budget cannot be defended in terms of its credibility and sustainability... as the promises included will undermine the national economy,” he said.