PUTRAJAYA: New millennium leadership demands that leaders are able to effectively address key issues affecting the nation and world, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Public sector leadership now faces an array of daunting challenges, which include global competition and cooperation, changing demographics, issues of integrity and accountability and political aberrations,” he said.
Najib said a leader must identify the well-formulated core objectives or goals, explain why these are the cogent goals and must constantly articulate them repeatedly to get everyone to work in the same direction.
The leadership power of this country, he said, was exercised for its people, the country and the benefit of the world.
“We must have the will to make use of this power judiciously, prudently, concertedly,” he said.
International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin read out Najib’s speech at the Public Sector Young Executives Conference closing ceremony here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, at a press conference later, said the by-elections in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau would be a test for the Barisan Nasional to see how well voters accepted the coalition after the March 8 general election last year.
“The reputation of Pakatan Rakyat is falling apart with its leaders from PAS, PKR and Karpal Singh not being able to reach a consensus when issuing statements. It is impossible for the voters to give the mandate to Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.
Therefore, he said it was important for the Barisan to select the best candidates who were educated, scandal-free and well accepted by the communities.
“We do not want to be arrogant in this matter and we are taking a pragmatic approach.
“With the new developments in Perak and the political scenario, people tend to rethink their options. We will ensure that our candidates fulfil the mandate of the voters,” he said.
Source : The Star