KUALA LUMPUR: It never occurred to Tun Rahah Mohd Noah, 75, that her son, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, would follow in his late father’s footsteps and become the country’s sixth prime minister one day.
But that day is here and she now holds the distinction of being both wife and mother to a Malaysian prime minister.
“When Najib took over his father’s constituency in Pekan, it never once crossed my mind that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a prime minister himself.
“But I do believe that he will be able to carry out his duties as well as his father,” she said when interviewed at her home recently.
She described Najib’s respect for the elders as a quality that bode him well in the early days of his career in the government.
Najib, 55, broke a few age records in Malaysian history when he became the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 22, the youngest mentri besar at the age of 29, the youngest member of the Umno supreme council at 28, youngest deputy minister at 25 and the youngest Cabinet minister at 33.
Rahah said although her late husband sometimes brought Najib along with him to several villages during the early days, her son delved into politics without anyone egging him on.
“Najib witnessed for himself his father’s efforts to develop the people, religion and nation and that may have encouraged his foray into politics,” she said.
Rahah said that as a child, Najib, being the eldest, got along well with his four brothers and enjoyed playing football and riding the bicycle.
She said that back then there was no fast food so her son would eat whatever she cooked and served. “Najib is not a fussy eater, but enjoyed ‘ikan patin masak lemak’, roti canai, and ‘sambal tumis telur’.”
Despite his tight schedule, Rahah said, Najib would always call her in his free time and come over for dinner with his brothers.
She said she was thankful to God for her son’s appointment and hoped that he would work hard for the people and nation as did her late husband, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second prime minister.
“I always pray that Najib will become a leader who is good and respected, who contributes well to the religion, race and nation.
“I hope that Malaysians of all level will assist Najib in creating a more developed nation with a peaceful and safe environment,” she said. – Bernama
Source : The Star