Time for new vision and to make changes, says PM

(The Star) KUANTAN: The fast-paced 21st century is a time for new vision, commitment and bravery to make changes, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“I need to find the ingredients in or­­­der to attain the objectives of deve­loping the country and its people.

“By upholding the virtues in the 1Malaysia slogan, we will progress to become excellent, brilliant and a glorious nation,” he said when addressing some 40,000 people gathered at the Padang MPK 1 here yesterday.

The gathering marked his homecoming as the sixth Prime Minister after being appointed on April 3.

Also present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Cabinet members, state exco members and assemblymen, senior government officers and prominent figures.

Najib said the focus of his administration would be to take care of the well-being of all Malaysians regardless of race and religion.

“We need to do this together and by being united, we will have extraordinary strength to make changes.

“Our mindset must not be confined by the differences in our racial backgrounds,’’ he said.

On his 1Malaysia concept of People First. Performance Now, he said it was a continuity to the slogans of former prime ministers Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Cemerlang, Gemi­lang, Terbilang and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Vision 2020.

He added that Abdullah and Dr Mahathir had already put in place how the country should be managed — to steer it towards modernisation and bring prosperity to its multi-racial people.

On him following the footsteps of his late father and second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Najib said he was fortunate and grateful.

Meanwhile, the Pahang Govern­ment will fully support Najib and abide by the intention to put the people as its first priority, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He told Najib: “You need not look behind your shoulder as people in Pahang are standing firmly behind you.

“The civil servants have also been reminded about the 1Malaysia concept and the need for them to help overcome problems faced by the public,” he said in his speech at the gathering.

On the huge reception for Najib, Adnan said it was not meant to be a show-off but more as a thanksgiving ceremony.

He also paid tribute to Rosmah, whom he described as the pillar of strength for Najib.