Malaysian Education Minister Najib Razak has urged investors to keep an open mind towards Malaysia and disregard the 'often tainted and sensation-driven picture' he claims has been painted of the country since the Asian crisis began. Replacing International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz as a speaker at the CLSA Investors' Forum, Mr Najib also said he was confident economic growth in Malaysia next year would jump to 5 per cent from the government's forecast 1 per cent this year. 'Clearly we are on the road to recovery . . . but we are aware there is still much to be done,' he said. 'I would like to be cautiously optimistic and I'm confident that by being so, we will generate a better following. 'I would like to suggest that we should try to take a broader perspective in our outlook and not make judgments on perceptions. For often there exists a reality gap. 'As it has been said time and time again look at the fundamentals. In this regard Malaysia's fundamentals have never been changed.' He said Malaysia's US$2 billion sovereign bond issue was aimed at testing 'to what extent our policies have been vindicated by the international community' rather than raising funds for the country's recovery programme. 'It's a good test for us,' Mr Najib said. The minister denied capital controls would become a 'cyclical policy' but said Malaysia wanted to see more action by the international community to curb short-term capital flows before Kuala Lumpur made more changes to its own system.