KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) — New Malaysian PM vows to lead Malaysia out of economic hard times New Malaysian PM vows to lead Malaysia out of economic hard times
Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak Friday said that he would provide strong leadership to lead the country out of the current economic hard times.
“I know that for every citizen, these are hard times and I remain focused in providing strong leadership to lead us out of this economic crisis and unleash our full potential as a nation,” Najib said in his maiden speech on television Friday night as the country’s prime minister .
“I will be steadfast in my commitment to meet the needs, aspirations and concerns of all Malaysians, ” he said.
He also announced to lift the temporary ban on two news publications, release 13 detainees under the country’s Internal Security Act (ISA), and review the Act comprehensively.
“These decisions are timely as we move to enhance the confidence of our citizens in those entrusted with maintaining peace, law and order, while recognizing the need to remain vigilant of the very real security threats we continue to face as a young nation, ” he said.
Najib was sworn in as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister Friday morning. Outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi officially handed over the leadership of the Federal Government to him Friday afternoon.
Najib also said that he would be consulting people around the country in the coming weeks as he began to reshape the leadership and priorities of the Government.
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Source : Xinhua