After the two years after earning his own mandate, it is time that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak do a Cabinet reshuffle and appoint a full time ‘Red Box Minister’, in the effort to move on further and quicker.
It makes sense because Prime Minister Najib hold be giving a lot of focus to his job as the Head of Federal Government and Chairman of Barisan Nasional (BN), which is the ruling party. Moreover, in his tour around the nation, the people came in droves to demonstrate their support for him.
Sarawak gives Najib their full support
Posted on 4 June 2015 – 04:49pm Last updated on 4 June 2015 – 09:57pm
KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak appears to have, during his two-day visit to the state, fortified his position with firm commitment of support from Sarawak. Sarawak appears to be the latest state after Sabah and Perlis to voice full support for him and the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“Just now, the Sarawak Chief Minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem) said to me, ‘You are not alone,’ and I responded with, ‘I’m glad that I’m not alone’,” Najib told a crowd at the leader-meets-people session, #sarawakfornajib, at Stadium Perpaduan here today.
“Tonight, my wife and I can sleep soundly … we feel relieved as it is clear that Sarawak BN so sincerely supports me. I can read people’s hearts,” he said. “This is my era as PM (prime minister). Should I step down just because someone demands it? I was chosen by whom? The people, and not just the Malayan people (Peninsular Malaysians). The people of Sarawak also chose me as ‘Apai Besar’ (prime minister).
“I want to ask Sarawak people … whether they still want me as PM or not?” he asked, to thunderous cheering and a one-word response of “Nak” (want) from the crowd.
“My spirit will not be broken, the blood (flowing) in me is no ordinary blood. Sometimes, I may be seen as diplomatic, but the warrior spirit is there in me. Do not underestimate me, I will continue to fight, and I believe Sarawak BN is with me,” he said.
Najib vowed to continue lead the nation and continue the struggle to fulfil several agendas, stressing that the most important thing is to make Malaysia a developed country. Meanwhile, Najib said he is in talks with Adenan on how devolution of power can be implemented in Sarawak.
“All these years, most of the power is held by the federal departments and decisions are made in Putrajaya. It is time for the power to be transferred to the Sarawak state government departments.” On Adenan’s request for additional oil and gas royalty, Najib said he will review the application.
“If possible, I want to give (additional royalty) to Sarawak so that the oil and gas sector can bring more wealth to the state.” Najib said since becoming prime minister five years ago, he had approved on the spot, over RM1 billion in development allocations for Sarawak, including for the Pan Borneo Highway. Adenan, who spoke earlier, said Sarawak fully supports the leadership of Najib after looking at his sincerity in helping to bring development to Sarawak.
“We in Sarawak know the meaning of being grateful to those who have helped. We support him (Najib) because it is the right thing to do.”
“He is under siege left and right by those who are ungrateful in the peninsula, including those in Umno itself, who do not know how to be thankful, but only know how to stab in the back.
We in Sarawak are sincere. If we say we support you, we do,” he said. – Bernama
It is only fair that Prime Minister Najib reciprocate all these overwhelming support, with providing more attention as a Chief Executive and prime political leader.
He received equally thundering support in Sabah, Johor and Perak, in this round of meeting-the-rakyat sessions, ever since Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad openly criticise him almost two months ago.
The most damning complaint about Prime Minister Najib is his former boss’s charge on the 1MDB scandal of a sum of RM42 billion, which was presented between “Disappeared”, “Loss” and “Irrecoverable debts”.
Yesterday, 1MDB Group Executive Director Arul Kanda Kandasamy briefly broken down where the RM42 billion resides.
Moving forward, what Prime Minister Najib is a full time Minister of Finance. It is a simple reason because there are so much work needed to be done and settled quickly, namely:
1. Plan, drive, supervise and monitor the Federal Government spending and the national economy
2.Plan, drive, supervise and monitor the Federal Government role and interaction with State Governments
3. Execute plans with regards to the GTP, EPP and BEEP programs
4. Ensure the success of Malaysia arriving to the deadline of Vision 2020 and there on, move forward
5. Ensure the robustness and resilience of the economy
6. Execute plans with regards to the 13GE manifesto
7. Restructure, plan, drive, supervise and monitor Khazanah Group of GLCs
8. Restructure, plan, drive, supervise and monitor 1MDB Group of conglomerates
9. Build and strengthen the national reserve
10. Build and strengthen the capital and financial markets, especially on Islamic and Syariah compliant sector
Prime Minister Najib should also consider that the Minister of Finance should also be the spokesman to represent the Federal Government, which through Ministry of Finance is the only shareholder of the strategic investment corporation 1MDB. The contentious overtone already painted the corporation, all the deals and personalities involved are of undesirable connotation.
Addressing this problem alone requires a fresh personality as the Minister of Finance.Especially the requirement to stand and face the media, analysts, investors and industry over so often, as the TRX, Bandar Malaysia and Edra Energy progresses and grow.
It is almost impossible that Prime Minister Najib could continue to play this challenging role, on top of the deliverables as a Prime Minister. Even with a Second Minister of Finance, it would not be as effective and productive as having a full time ‘Red Box Minister’.
A full time ‘Red Box Minister’, with the relevant industry, corporate restructuring and governance exposure and experience on top of illustrious track record to fill in the shoes of the man (or woman) with the tall order of deliverables. Needless to add, he (or she) preferably posses the co-operation of the professionals (public and private sectors alike), confidence of the market, trust of the rakyat as well as free from any baggages.
It is probably the most courageous decision he makes in the past six years as the Sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia. It is a combination of perfect timing as well as strategically advantageous, for the government and party.