KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Bernama) — Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is free to determine his Cabinet lineup and will surely choose those with clean records.
The new lineup also should be willing to work hard, productive and a team player and “we are giving the new prime minister all the space to build his own administration”, he told reporters after opening a forum on Palestine here.
He also said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s return to Umno meant that the party’s traditional values, namely leadership on the back of clean attitude and strong determination, would continue.
This also meant that Najib would use the services of old timers and find new talents because mixing both elements was crucial for the country’s development, he said.
On the opposition’s negative reaction to the release of 13 Internal Security Act detainees, proposed review of the legislation and removal of the ban on Harakah and Suara Keadilan, Rais said: “When we do something good and neat in accordance with the law and humanity, they sneer at us.
“In real fact, Najib’s announcement was only to prove to his country and Malaysians that justice and equality have place in his administration and also his leadership,” he said.
The opposition should not have sneered at the prime minister’s decision because many human right campaigners had been calling for it, he said.
Rais said that personally, he valued the moves highly and was sure that Najib did not use it to gain political mileage.
“It is up to all Malaysians to value his leadership and how he wants to take the country and the people towards equal justice, and we will assist the prime minister so that this principle remains and is strengthened,” he said.
He said that after the announcement in Najib’s maiden address as the new prime minister over television on Friday, there would be more timely changes towards stronger nationhood.
Source : Bernama