Late last evening Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak confirmed an ‘open secret’ already taken as the presumption by Barisan Nasional’s tactical game change in this 13GE; If Barisan Nasional wins Kedah, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir is the new Menteri Besar.
Mukhriz is one of the four new generation of Menteri Besars in Prime Minister Najib’s first mandate from the rakyat, along with Perlis, Kelantan dan Selangor. Dato’ Idris Harun is expected to take over as the new Chief Minister for Melaka.
Lets say BN is bullish and Prime Minister Najib is able to take all State Governments in this 13GE. Five out of twelve State Governments is 40% change of leadership at state level. For the CEO of Malaysia Inc., that is a firm order that he wants to see changes.
That is effectively injecting the element of ‘game changing’ into moving the nation forward. The over all policy for these five states may remained the same. However, the delivery is now different. New and fresh leadership is a demonstration of Prime Minister Najib’s ‘Transformation in Leadership’ offer for the younger Malaysians.
In the case of Kedah, Mukhriz already has a plan. The economic cake would be expanded and allow for more opportunities to be churned and tapped into. As someone who was industrious in the private sector and the junior minister in charge of entrepreneur programs in MITI, Mukhriz’s masterplan for Kedah is a transformation of the state into a industrial based on top of the current rice bowl of Malaysia.
Mukhriz is expected to work really hard and make this mission a personal challenge. He has less than six and half years to make strategic moves and tactical changes to ensure that Kedah is ready to be counted as Malaysia moves into a ‘Developed Nation Status’, a policy laid down 22 years earlier by his own father in the ‘Vision 2020’.
It is about harnessing the best from new generation leaders and moving in forward with a new zest in the delivery of hopes.It is all about those who are capable, dynamic, energetic and inspired to make Prime Minister Najib’s ‘Transformation’ agenda work.