BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak paid tribute to his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his contributions as premier, saying that he wants to emulate and build on these good deeds.
Abdullah had done a good job in cementing diplomatic relations between governments — for example between Malaysia and Brunei — and also between peoples, Najib said Wednesday.
Speaking to some 200 prominent Malaysians here during breakfast, Najib said he was very optimistic about what lies ahead for Malaysia and for Malaysians.
“My aim as the new prime minister is to continue the good things that my predecessor Tun Abdullah had started. I will try to become a leader who is close to the people so that I can serve their interests.
“I want to build upon these good developments and find ways on how to enhance and develop these relationships even further,” he said during the early morning meeting at a golf and country resort here.
Najib said Abdullah, during his tenure as prime minister, had helped to solidify bilateral relationships, citing as example Malaysia-Brunei ties, which he described as “special.”
“The tremendous goodwill that exists between our two countries on all fronts is very unique indeed. We are very close neighbours.
“The goodwill that our leaders have at the highest levels will cascade down to the people on the ground. We must constantly follow up and build upon these relationships,” he said.
Najib pointed out that the approximately 35,000 Malaysians working and living in Brunei were enjoying a happy and high standard of life.
This was made possible because of the very strong government-to-government ties between Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Seri Begawan, he claimed.
Touching on his maiden meeting with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as the new premier of Malaysia, Najib said the meeting was very cordial and warm.
“My visit here, even though brief, was very fruitful. The Sultan said Brunei will explore new opportunities to invest in Malaysia.
“The Sultan also wants to see more Malaysian ministers coming to Brunei for official visits and for sports,” he said, adding that the Sultan was very impressed with the 1Malaysia concept that he (Najib) had introduced.
Najib called on Malaysians working and living in this sultanate to continue to work hard and do their best to help uplift the image of Malaysia on all fronts.
Source : The Star