Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dato Seri Najib Razak to be sworn in as 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia on 3 April 2009

The soon to be 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

The transition of power in Malaysia will take place on Friday, 3 April 2009 when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to take oath of office as the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia, succeeding the 5th Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Najib, 55, was elected as President of UMNO at the newly concluded UMNO general assembly last week.

UMNO is the largest political party in Malaysia and forms the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional, BN government which has ruled Malaysia since independence from British rule in 1957.

The 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein

Najib is the eldest son of the 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

Najib is the holder of many Malaysian firsts, including becaming the youngest Member of Parliament in Malaysia at the age of 23 in 1976, following the death of his father, Tun Razak, hailed as the nation's Father of Development.

A year later he became the youngest federal deputy minister at 24 and by the age of 29, Najib became the youngest Menteri Besar or Chief Minister of Pahang, his home state.

He later returned as MP and was appointed a full minister in 1987, aged 34.

After the transition of power is completed, it marks the end of Abdullah reign as Prime Minister, 5 years 6 months since assuming office on 31st October 2003.

The longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister.

Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Tun Dr Mahathir held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him not only one of Asia's longest-serving head of government, but also in the world.

During his term in office, Tun Dr Mahathir was credited for engineering Malaysia's rapid modernization and was also known for his criticisms of western and developed countries.

During his administration, he was considered to be one of Asia's most influential leaders.

Tun Dr Mahathir is also noted in the Western world as an outspoken critic of Western-style globalization.

This is the news report on the transition of power in Malaysia, as reported by the Star Online and the Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama.

PUTRAJAYA: The Yang di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has given his consent for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to be sworn in as Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister at 10am on Friday, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said Wednesday.

He said Tuanku Mizan had also consented to grant an audience to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib at 10am Thursday for Abdullah to relinquish the post and seek consent to appoint Najib as the new prime minister.

“Tuanku Mizan gave his consent at an audience with Abdullah before the Cabinet meeting this (Wednesday) morning,” Mohd Sidek said in a statement here.

“The Yang diPertuan Agong had given his consent for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to be presented his letter of appointment as Prime Minister and to take his oath of office, loyalty and confidentiality at Istana Negara at 10am on Friday,” the statement added.

Malaysia's 5th Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Meanwhile it was sombre mood at the last Cabinet meeting chaired by outgoing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or fondly known as Pak Lah, on Wednesday.

Even “tough guy” minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz, who used to take on the Opposition with pitbull-like relish, was in a mellow mood.

“Of course I feel sad,” said Nazri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, at the Parliament Lobby afterwards.

Nazri said Abdullah was his usual cheerful self, and spoke softly as he chaired his last meeting.

“You can say he had mixed feelings,” Nazri said.

He said except for Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, who is abroad, all ministers were present.

Nazri also said Abdullah, in his speech, said he would not interfere with the new Cabinet to be appointed by incoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Abdullah has also invited Najib to accompany him as he seeks an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on Thursday to convey his intention to step down as prime minister and pave the way for the leadership transition.

“It is only natural for me to feel sad knowing that he is leaving, when I have known him for a long time,” Nazri said.

“At the same time, I am also happy for him that he would be free to do what he likes,” he said.

My Say - All the best Pak Lah..... Welcome Najib..

A little Malay proverbs / pantun...

"Manusia mati meninggalkan nama,"
"Harimau mati meninggalkan belang"

"Pak Lah pergi, pentadbiran saksama"
"Najib datang memikul amanah"

"Jasa Pak Lah tetap di kenang"
"Penggantinya Najib, bukan calang"

"Keranamu Malaysia Tanah Airku Terbilang,"
"Sokongan padu kami sumbangkan"


minicharms said...

Ah, Badawi was relatively powerless right, but i know he cared about the people.

Wonder how's Najib like.

Malaysian Hollywood 2.0 said...

Yes, Badawi cared very much for the people, especially in rural areas... eradicating poverty through various development agendas including the 5 corridors of growth was among his main objectives then.

As for Najib, it is the first time in Malaysian history that a father and his son became Prime Minister. Najib's father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein was Malaysia's 2nd PM. The late Tun Razak was known as the father of development, hopefully Najib will do the same, if not better.......

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