SEPANG, Nov 9 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia had been given extraordinary recognition by the Saudi Arabian government during his stay in the country to perform the haj.
The Prime Minister said for the first time in history, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom was also given the honour to deliver a speech in Arabic language at the Mina Palace, which was highly commended by the audience.
“I also had the chance to speak to King Abdullah (King of Saudi Arabia), who was in Riyadh, for about 25 minutes over the phone and he had expressed his support for our leadership in Malaysia.
“Last night, I also became the first government leader to have met the new Crown Prince, Prince Naif, in a meeting which lasted about half an hour.
“This proved that the Saudi Arabian government, especially King Abdullah, who is the Custodian of the Holy Mosque, and the overall Islamic leadership of Saudi Arabia, really look up to Malaysia and our government,” he said in his speech upon arrival from Saudi Arabia at the Bunga Raya Complex at the KL International Airport here Wednesday.
Najib and his entourage, including his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his mother, Tun Rahah Mohamad Noah, arrived home on a special aircraft at 3.25pm.
They were met on arrival by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman.
Najib also expressed his appreciation for Muhyiddin’s excellent performance in leading the country during his absence.
“Thank you for being here to welcome us home. Alhamdulillah (All praises to Allah) we managed to perform the haj and hopefully it will be accepted by Allah.
“On that note, we will now continue our struggles in high spirit and strength to ensure that all our objectives and goals will be achieved,” he added.
Source : Bernama