KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) — Having known the family of Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein well, Umno veteran Tan Sri Aishah Ghani is confident that the late Abdul Razak’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Najib, is capable of fulfilling the aspirations of the people by becoming a fair and visionary leader.
“I’m convinced that he will become a credible and capable leader for Umno and the government. I also hope that (under Najib) Umno will be stronger and return to the spirit of the struggle that we had inherited long ago,” she told Bernama here.
Najib, 55, was sworn in as the sixth Malaysian Prime Minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abdidin at Istana Negara today, succeeding Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Aishah, 84, who first knew Abdul Razak in 1951 when she represented Kuala Lumpur Umno at the Umno general assembly in Penang, hoped Najib could inherit the noble values of his father.
“When Tun (Abdul Razak) made a decision, he would do so instantly as long it was reasonable. He would not wait, if the thing is good, he would proceed with it,” she said.
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She said that even till now, she would feel sad when talking about the second Malaysian prime minister who died in 1976.
“Of all the leaders, Tun’s death affected me most. I remember when my father died, I was not as sad as losing the second prime minister,” she said.
She said when the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj wanted to hand over the premiersip to Abdul Razak, Tunku had said: “When Tun Abdul Razak becomes Prime Minister, he will not be as lucky as I because Abdul Razak will not get a deputy as I did.”
Aishah said Tunku felt lucky because he was given a deputy like Abdul Razak who was a hard worker and was approachable to the people.
When Aishah became Wanita Umno head from 1972 until 1984, many matters brought up by the movement to Abdul Razak had been accepted and follow-up action immediately taken.
“Many people did not know that it was the Wanita Umno who had asked the government to require the hotels to place the direction of the ‘kiblat’ in every hotel rooms. Although there were Umno Supreme Council members who had laughed when I brought up the matter, Tun (Adul Razak) was different because he made the decision and implemented it immediately and the result is seen until today,” she added.
Source : Bernama