Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak hopes that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would reconsider his decision to resign as Petronas Adviser and continue to serve nation’s largest corporation, in the capacity and role the latter had served since 10 years ago.
Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 8:42:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 9:16:47 PM
Najib wants Mahathir to reconsider decision to step down as Petronas adviser
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hopes Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will re-consider his decision to step down as Petronas adviser.
Najib said onj Tuesday, this was because the Government felt that the former prime minister was still able to contribute for Petronas’ development and success.
“In respecting Tun’s decision, which was made on doctor’s advice, I hope Tun can reconsider the decision.
“The government welcomes Tun to continue to serve as Petronas Adviser,” he told reporters after a meeting, which lasted for nearly an hour, with Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal at the Putra World Trade Centre.
Najib said he had received the resignation letter from Dr Mahathir in which he also thanked him (prime minister) for visiting him at the National Heart Institute when he was admitted there for chest pain.
“Upon the doctor’s advice, he has to reduce his daily routine.
“As such, Dr Mahathir had informed me of his intention to step down as Petronas Adviser,” he added.
Mahathir had confirmed his resignation as Petronas Adviser, effective Dec 1, on Monday, due to age and health factors.
He was appointed Petronas Adviser after his retirement as prime minister in 2003. – Bernama
On Monday’s official announcement, Tun Dr. Mahathir cited that he has been advised by his doctors to do less. However, it is hardly the cover story that would convince everyone.
The fact is that, Tun Dr. Mahathir has had a rocky relationship with Prime Minister Najib pertaining to Petronas every since the latter took over the stewardship of the nation.
First, it was appointment of Dato’ Omar Ong into the BoD of Petronas.
This was one of the three issues Tun Dr. Mahathir raised with Prime Minister Najib in the first one-on-one engagement after swearing in as the Sixth Prime Minister in April 2009. The Fourth Prime Minister specifically warned Prime Minister Najib against the appointment of Ong into Petronas.
Then, the relieving of Tan Sri Hassan Merican as Group President and CEO of Petronas.
Things changed in Petronas after Prime Minister Najib’s man Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas was brought in as CEO. Policy changed. The bit which Tun Dr. Mahathir found most damning is about Bumiputera participation in one of the most successful New Seven Sisters.
Strategic posts previously were undertaken by Malay professionals are now being filled by Non Malays.
Naturally, Shamsul Azhar could not have done this without the blessing of Prime Minister Najib. Despite the displeasure of Tun Dr. Mahathir, the appointment of Ong and Shamsul caused a dent in the relationship between the Fourth and Sixth Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Najib had his chances. He was adamant of his policies in Petronas. Now, he must be ready to face the repercussion of Tun Dr. Mahathir giving up the pleasure and dedication of no longer being the Adviser to Federal Government’s single largest contributor of income.
Probably Tun Dr. Mahathir would not be so diplomatic from now on, when he speaks his mind on policies and decisions made by Prime Minister Najib’s leadership. This is something Prime Minister Najib must be ready to be reflected.
In June 2006 when Tun Dr. Mahathir decided to speak up against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership in an event organised then by notorious socio-polical blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin at Paradise Club in Ulu Kelang, it was like a snow ball which turned into an avalanche. Less than two years later, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s mandate was reduced from BN’s all time high to all time low, within half a Parliamentary term.
Just for size, Petronas wasn’t an issue when Tun Dr. Mahathir decided to go against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah.