Yes, President Rodrigo Duterte had a rare, entertaining duet with no less than Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak himself during his visit to Malaysia. Believe or not, President Duterte sang ‘Shalalalala’ with the Malaysian prime minister on stage during their state dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Watch the video below, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.
As you can see, President Duterte and Malaysian PM Najib Razak were accompanied on stage this Thursday, November 10 by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and some Malaysian officials as back-up. Duterte was somehow focused on the lyrics, while Razak was obviously enjoying the moment as he dances during his duet with him.
Interestingly, both world leaders also had a solo performance each. President Duterte sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler in a serious mood, while PM Najib Razak performed Cliff Richards’ “The Young Ones” along with two men matched with some hip swaying. After the latter’s very lively performance, Duterte was heard shouting, “More!”
But more than the very amusing Duterte-Razak ‘Shalalalala’ duet, Philippines benefited from the president’s Malaysia visit. In his speech this Friday early morning after returning back home, President Duterte announced that he and Razak discussed “the need to further strengthen the Philippines-Malaysia partnership for a safe and secure and stable region.”
“As ASEAN brothers and maritime nations, we recognize that cooperation between our countries with other stakeholders is key to ensure that our sealanes are not used for illegal purposes or criminal activities.” The president added, noting that the country has always been exerting extra efforts to address criminality on land, at sea, and between borders.
In addition, President Duterte noted that Malaysian business leaders are every much willing to invest in the Philippines, particularly in infrastructure, mass transportation, and building of regional centers. He added that Philippines and Malaysia plan to have joint ventures in high-value post-processing facilities, agri-business, and halal-certified products.