Malaysians fade farewell to their 5th Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on 3rd April 2009 and welcome their new leader, Dato’ Sri Mohd.Najib Tun Abdul Razak to steer their beloved country to a greater heights, facing the uncertain global economic down turns. With this , a new chapter has begun in Malaysian political history.
Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, fondly called by all Malaysians as Pak Lah, who took over the leadership of this country on 31 October 2003, with a slogan “work with me and not for me “relinquished his premiership on 2nd April without any pomp and pageantry. His simplicity in transferring the baton shows explicitly and evidently the humane virtues and principles buried deep in his heart.
Nevertheless, his leadership will be remembered forever by Malaysian citizens for introducing number of innovations in enhancing democracy and good governance. Media fraternity, particularly those who engaged in expressing their political opinions, welcomed Pak Lah’s initiative to widen the space for alternative views, compared to his predecessor.
Even though Pak Lah earned criticism from his own party ranks for his open policies he never bent to their demands but went ahead ambitiously with his institutional reforms which he promised when he took over the leadership of this great country , albeit a little late.But, his ambitious move has not reawarded him but caused political tsunami in the 12th general election. BN government lost 2/3 majority in Parlimen.
Pak Lah will be recorded by historians and political analysist as a leader who never use racial issues to stoke the fires to gain political mileage. He was too nice,caring, has people’s interest at heart, and truly a statesman. He deserved to be known as Bapa Bangsa Malaysia.
Malaysians from all walks of life and diverse community hope the incoming prime minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd.Najib Tun Abdul Razak, practice a political culture of fair and truthful to all communities.. Malaysians expects Najib, our new young and energetic leader with 1 Malaysia vision to walk the talk faithfully , particularly in safeguarding the legitimate interest of non-Malay citizens in order to gain the lost ground in political sphere.
Our new prime minister, Mohd.Najib Tun Razak should strive to earn an image that he is the caring leader of all Malaysians, regardless of religion and ethnic, rather than a champion of one particular race, religion and community.
WE WISH THANK YOU TO PAK LAH AND HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO YAB DATO SERI NAJIB TUN RAZAK.