21 July 2012
| last updated at 11:49PM
‘Choose leaders who won’t jeopardise nation’
PEKAN: Choose mature and capable leaders, or the country will lose its wealth and excellent international reputation.
This was the reminder from Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who said Malaysians should be thankful of the country’s wealth and peace and must never act in ways that could jeopardise them.
“Leaders should not only have good characters, but must be able to manage the country, handle domestic matters, generate wealth and deal with international relations.”
Using the illegal Bersih assembly as an example, Najib said the organisers and their supporters had not only tarnished the country’s image but also had put the haj quota at stake when they brought the issue to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
“However, I talked it out with King Abdullah (of Saudi Arabia) and prevented it (haj quota being reduced) from happening,” said the prime minister, followed by roaring applause and sighs of relief from the audience in the hall at Pekan Umno headquarters here yesterday.
“If Bersih was not held, there would be no need for me to do so.
“All they did was cause chaos and unnecessary worries to the rakyat.”
Najib was speaking at a function to distribute aid to mosques and surau in his Pekan constituency.
At the function, he handed over RM3,000 each to 57 mosques and RM1,000 each to 170 surau representatives.
He added all imam and committee members would receive a piece of cloth, that he himself had handpicked, for jubah material, along with Zam-Zam water and dates.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak participating in a gotong-royong to put up the roof of the home of Orang Asli, Jaafar Nai, at Kampung Orang Asli Batu 10, Padang Piol yesterday. Pic by Luqman Hakim Zubir