KOTA KINABALU, June 30 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to the family house of Yahya Asai, 67, and his wife Tijah OT Bakar, 64, in Kampung Likas, here today, brought the couple fond memories of Najib’s late father’s visit to the village more than 40 decades ago.
“We are grateful that the current prime minister is following his father’s footsteps by being people-oriented and ever willing to go to the ground to see for himself the problems faced by the people.
“I had not expected that after 46 years, the son of the late (second) prime minister would come to his village for a warm visit today,” he said when met at his house during the visit.
Yahya recalled that in 1965, the deputy prime minister then, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein (who later became prime minister), came for a walkabout in Kampung Likas and met its first village head, OT Bakar Boso.
“I learned that during the visit, Tun Razak did ask OT Bakar about problems faced by the villagers, and OT Bakar told him about the condition of the old village mosque. Tun Razak then approved an allocation of RM25,000 to repair the mosque,” said Yahya who has eight children. Yahya said he was 17 years old then and was engaged to Tijah, OT Bakar’s daughter.
He said for a long time his family had been hoping to meet the prime minister but didn’t have the opportunity, so they were utterly grateful and delighted with Najib’s visit to the village Thursday.
“Just like his late father, the prime minister is very warm towards the people and gives priority to their needs that he is willing to go to the ground to listen to their concerns and problems. This is the kind of leaders that we want,” he said.
Source : Bernama