BREAKFAST RADIO SHOW: Najib talks about responsibility and Felda listing
KUALA LUMPUR: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was taken down memory lane by deejays of the Sinar Pagi breakfast show on Sinar fm yesterday, with soothing 1970s music from the likes of R. Azmi and Bee Gees giving him an hour-long break from his busy schedule.
Appearing as a guest on the show, bantering on current issues ranging from his official duties to English football with deejays Khairil Rashid, Salih Yaacob and Raja Azura, Najib also gave the station's 4.71 million listeners a pleasant start to the day.
Asked to talk about the two Bee Gees evergreen numbers, Massachusetts and To Love Somebody, that he had requested for the show, Najib said they transported him to the carefree days of university life, a time of lesser burden and responsibilities, youth and thicker hair.
On what impact being a prime minister had on him, he said it was the busy schedule and the stress factor, knowing that he had the great responsibility of making the final decision on matters, in the hope that it would benefit the people.
"If we make a mistake, this results in great stress on us.
"As I say, if we make 10 decisions, we must ensure that all 10 are correct, otherwise even if nine are correct, the one mistake will be harped on, bringing criticism."
To a question by a caller on his experience from his walkabouts among the people, Najib said walkabouts were meaningful for him as they allowed him to see the situation on the ground and hear firsthand the problems faced by the people.
He said: "During a walkabout in Sandakan, Sabah, recently, I learnt from a retired taxi driver, who had been driven out of his own house by his son, that the Welfare Department had stopped its RM300 assistance to him after finding out that his children were working.
"But in his case, although the children are working, they had cruelly abandoned him."
Najib added that this had made him realise that there was a need for the Welfare Department to do an indepth investigation into the lives of the elderly who applied for welfare assistance and to find out whether their children were really looking after them.
Replying to a caller from Johor who wanted to know about the impact of the Felda Global Ventures Holdings listing on Bursa Malaysia on Felda settlers, he said the listing was to multiply the wealth generated from Felda's assets.
"If the Felda shares are not listed, there will be no market value for the assets and there will be no multiplier effect in the generation of wealth.
"The multiplied wealth generated from the listing exercise will ensure that some of the wealth can be handed back to the settlers."
Najib stressed that the listing would not affect the settlers' land ownership.
Asked about the fate of his favourite football club, Manchester United, in the Premier League, Najib said the club was likely to win its next match with Sunderland, and its hopes of clinching the league title from Manchester City depended on Queens Park Rangers, owned by AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, beating Manchester City on Sunday.