KUANTAN, April 3 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s favourite colour is blue, patience one of his traits and does not like to listen to malicious gossip about others.
He is helpful to friends, is genial and not fussy. His traits which are not known to many people, have been revealed by some friends and acquaintances of Najib in interviews with Bernama in conjunction with his appoinment as Malaysia’s new and sixth prime minister today.
Hussin Awang Bidin, 58, a former Umno branch head in Pekan, Najib’s parliamentary constituency, described Najib as patient, a good listener and does not like to hear someone talking bad about others.
Recalling his acquaintance with Najib, Hussin who is also known as Hussin Ubai, said although Najib came from a respectable and well-known family, he could easily mix with people regardless of their position or social status.
“I had often taken the taxi to Kuala Lumpur to meet Datuk Seri Najib and he had also personally driven me back to Pekan in his car without the knowledge of his personal bodyguard,” he said.
On Najib’s preference for the colour blue, Hussin said Najib’s first car was a blue Mercedes Benz 230E with registration number WP4321, and when he was made Pahang Menteri Besar in 1982, his car was also a blue Mercedes Benz with the number, CX11.
Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, a former Pahang Menteri Besar, said Najib was a very warm, people-oriented leader as seen during his visits to his constituency although they (people) might take up his rest or relaxation time.
Abdul Rashid had let go his post as Pahang Umno Youth chief which he had held since 1974 to make way for Najib to head it in 1980. On May 4, 1982, Najib, at age 29, took over as Menteri Besar from Abdul Rashid.
“The question of his youth did not arise then as he already had some experience, while there was no protest against the appointment as all quarters had confidence in his ability,” he said.
Abdul Rashid said although Najib held the post for only one term, he managed to set up Yayasan Pahang (Pahang Foundation) which was still strong today, especially in helping students to further their education.
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Former Pahang Umno and Barisan Nasional executive secretary Datuk Faisal Abdullah recalled that although Najib was a young Menteri Besar, he was intellectually mature and everybody found his personality, approach and ways of doing things in the state government administration and politics, acceptable.
“History had proven that Datuk Seri Najib managed to unite Pahang Umno. It appeared at the time (1980’s) that Pahang Umno was divided by factions but when he took over the leadership, there were so such terms as west Pahang Umno, central, south and east. All were united,” he said. Faisal said Najib also always took the consultative approach and was open to criticisms, brave in making decisions and willing to accept risks.
Abdul Majid Mohamed, 78, said Najib had many similarities with his late father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second prime minister, who did not really like being followed everywhere by bodyguards. Abdul Majid, who used to carry Razak’s briefcase and walking stick everywhere the latter went, said he had been entrusted by Najib’s mother, Tun Rahah Mohd Noah, to take care of her son.
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“I had to accompany him (Najib) wherever he went. I had to sleep in the same room. Often when we was fast asleep, I was still awake to ensure his safety,” said Abdul Majid who regards Najib as a humble man.
Kuantan division Wanita Umno vice-head Khadijah Abdullah, 68, who had once taught the Haj procedures to Najib, said the latter was a fast learner as he was not fussy.
Felda Chini settler Norwati Ishak, 42, who was previously an opposition party member for 16 years, said Najib’s leadership and personality, expecially his congeniality when meeting the people, had opened her heart to join Umno inÂ December 2003.
In fact, said the mother of six, Najib had told her to continue contributing to society by helping those in need, just like what she did when she was with the opposition party.
Consequently, Norwati said, the Dakwah Al-Wardah movement was formed on Jan 29, 2005 with Najib as the patron and she the chairman, and since then it had been organising Islamic religious programmes.
The movement now has 1,611 members from among the women in Pekan.
Source : Bernama