PUTRAJAYA, April 1 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he is aware that his impending appointment as the prime minister is a heavy responsibility and a mandate that has to be carried out in the best manner possible so that public confidence in the government is not affected.
“I’m fully aware that it is a responsibility…a very great honour.
“But more important than that, I bear a deep sense of awareness and humility that it is not a question of status nor power but a question of responsibility. (And) the aspiration of the people is very high,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He said he had to implement the best so that the people would be convinced that the government under his leadership would be people-oriented and one that they could depend on as it understood their needs.
He said this when asked to comment on his feelings about assuming the post of Prime Minister.
Najib also said that he would accompany Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara tomorrow where Abdullah would express his intention to relinquish the prime minister’s post.
“If Tuanku gives his consent, Friday is the day (that he assumes the Premiership),” Najib said.
Meanwhile, he declined to comment on the forecast by political analysts that the new cabinet line-up to be announced would be leaner.
“Can we wait for a more appropriate time? I don’t want to talk about everything now,” he said.
When asked about the atmosphere at today’s Cabinet meeting chaired by Abdullah, Najib said the Prime Minister was very open and gave his assurance that he would always be prepared to give his guidance and advice if needed.
“He will not interfere or criticise the new administration, but will always be behind us. I truly appreciate his stand and I’m convinced Pak Lah is very positive about what is being done,” he said.
When asked whether the new Cabinet line-up would include Umno leaders who were being investigated by the party Disciplinary Board with regard to money politics, the Deputy Prime Minister said everything was too early to be decided.
“I can’t make any assumption…it depends on the Disciplinary Board. Of course there are rumours (about money politics), but we can’t make assumptions based on rumours,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Umno president said the Barisan Nasional (BN) would work hard to ensure victory in the by-elections in the Bukit Selambau state constituency in Kedah, Bukit Gantang Parliamentary constituency in Perak and the Batang Ai state constituency in Sarawak on Tuesday.
Source : Bernama