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Reality of becoming Prime Minister yet to sink in - Najib Razak

Reality of becoming Prime Minister yet to sink in

By Monday April 6th, 2009 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA: The reality of being Prime Minister of Malaysia has yet to sink in for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“You know, it has not sunk in yet,” he said with a smile, when asked how he felt waking up in the morning as the nation’s chief executive.

As he chatted with reporters at former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s submission of his application form to re-join Umno, Najib looked relaxed and fresh despite getting only a few hours of sleep.

“It is probably the adrenalin,” he laughed as he revealed that he had only gone to bed at about 3am after watching political talkshows on TV with the panellists discussing his inaugural speech as prime minister.

Najib said he had received dozens of congratulatory notes and messages from world leaders, friends and politicians and revealed that he was waiting for a call from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono later in the day.

The Prime Minister, clad in a bright orange short-sleeved shirt, then turned to reporters and asked what they thought of his speech, and of Dr Mahathir rejoining Umno.

He also announced that he wanted to hold an informal dinner or lunch between Dr Mahathir and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to set the path for reconciliation and future co-operation between the two former prime ministers.

“If there is someone who can talk to both of them, it’s me,” he said with a smile.

Najib hoped issues and decisions announced in his inaugural speech – where he touched on reaching out to all parts of Malaysia, sowing the seeds of goodwill and understanding, releasing 13 ISA detainees and his pledge to work tirelessly to serve the rakyat – would be well accepted.

“I hope this will be a good beginning for us,” he said before entering his home with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Source : The Star

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