PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who will be taking over as Prime Minister on Friday, said the new role he is about to take on is not about status or power, but a heavy responsibility he has to shoulder.
He said that he honestly felt a “huge sense of humility” as the big day approaches.
“I realise that I will have to shoulder a heavy responsibility but it is an honour to serve (the people and country).
“I feel a sense of humility as the rakyat (people) place tremendous hope in me and the Government. I need to do the utmost so that the public will have confidence in the Government.
“I want them to feel this is a government that will serve them and which they can depend on because it is a government which knows the wishes and aspirations of the rakyat,” Najib told reporters Wednesday after handing over financial aid to Tamil schools nationwide under the stimulus package.
Also present was Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
Najib was asked of his feelings as the day approaches when he would become the nation’s sixth Prime Minister. Coincidently, Wednesday’s function was the last public one Najib attended as Deputy Prime Minister.
He also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had invited him to accompany him to his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin on Thursday. There, Abdullah would seek royal consent to step down as premier.
“Subject to the Agong’s consent, then Friday will be the (swearing-in) ceremony. I havenâ€™t had an audience with the Agong yet and hopefully he would graciously give his consent,” Najib said.
Asked if the Cabinet under his premiership would be a leaner one as predicted by several analysts, Najib said he had not decided on the matter.
Source : The Star