Now that longest and most politically strenous parliamentary term and 13GE is over and the rakyat already given their mandate, it is time for the legally elected sixth Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to get to work.
Nevermind he got only 59.91% control of the Dewan Rakyat and between 46 MCA and Gerakan candidates offered, the rakyat only picked eight. What matters most, PM Najib now has his own mandate and got to get cracking immediately.
First order of business is to get the BN government appointed. So far, all but Johor swore in a Menteri Besar/Chief Minister. Some with a fresh face as the chief executive of the state.
Now, PM Najib will have to prepare a list for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for members of the Cabinet of 13th Parliament Federal Government be appointed.
The list is rather long to choose from. 133 members of the Dewan Rakyat earned their eligibility to be appointed as Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.
What matters now is who should be on this list. Probably there would be only 30 Cabinet posts. That would give each MP a one-in-four chance to be picked.
PM Najib must weigh in a lot of factors outside the ambit of political realm and seriously take a lot of considerations, to pick amongst these men and women into these strategic posts. They must posses virtues of certain calibre, attitude, aptitude and leadership capabilities, dynamic, to be able to gain the confidence of the business community, market, investors, civil servants and most importantly, the rakyat.
These men and women must have the confidence of the various stakeholders as being energetic, visionary, forward and strategic thinkers, engage-able, professional, some degree of time and people management and with a lot of humility.
However, one of if not the most criteria is that not only they are corrupt-free, they must also not be corruptible or perceived to be.
PM Najib as the BN Chairman did make some mistakes here and there of giving personalities who are defective in some of the characteristics listed above, especially about being corrupt-free and non corruptible, to be BN candidates last Sunday. Some of them even have been seen as arrogant and indiscriminately flaunt the wealth. Fortunate for them, they manage to win.
Now, it is not the time for PM Najib to make the same mistake twice. A lot at stake here if he is still on the ‘Transformation Train’ and zestful to deliver ‘Vision 2020’ on time.