" I'm A True Party Man," Says Najib
The eldest son of Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein said he "believed the transfer of power (in Umno) should be done in the traditional, conventional way rather than by creating factions".
He said this during a question-and-answer session after delivering a talk on "Malaysia in the Face of New Gobal Challenges" at Chatham House, the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, yesterday.
Najib, who is the Malaysian deputy prime minister, said this when asked by a participant why he had not taken over the leadership of the country after the poor performance of the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno in the recent general election.
The BN had failed to recapture Kelantan from PAS and lost Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor to the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance in the general election on March 8. It also failed to garner a two-third majority in Parliament.
Najib said people could give their views and that it was not a question of having courage or being a coward, but "it is just (that) as a person you have core values".
"And I believe what is important (is that) whatever position you take, it must be a core value personal to you. I come from a family where my father helped build the party, and I am not the son to destroy the party. I want to continue to build the party further," he said.
Najib said Umno was now at its lowest point and "if you create a serious fight for the leadership, Umno will be further weakened and not be able to face the challenges of (the next) general election. What is there in inheriting a position when you lose in the general election. I don't want to lead the party to defeat," he said.
Earlier, in his speech, Najib touched on the need to revitalise bilateral relations between Malaysia and Britain, saying that it was now "in a state of benign neglect". (Bernama)
***** I wonder what Dr Mahathir's reaction would be to this very 'tame' assertion by Najib?