Na­jib praises Ab­dul­lah for loy­alty

FORMER pre­mier ‘is a true friend be­cause he re­mains loyal and is will­ing to be with me and the gov­ern­ment in good and bad times’.

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FORMER Prime Min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi’s loy­alty is ab­so­lute.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak shared this yes­ter­day in his key­note ad­dress at the Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi Lec­ture.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate his loy­alty all this while where he con­tin­ues to throw his sup­port be­hind me, the gov­ern­ment, Umno and Barisan Na­sional.

“It never crossed his mind to be­tray the party and the coun­try; what more about leav­ing Umno,” said Na­jib.

Also pre­sent were Me­laka Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Ab­dul­lah and wife, Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah.

Na­jib said he looked up to Ab­dul­lah as the fifth prime min­is­ter and the sixth Umno pres­i­dent, who had re­lent­lessly served the peo­ple since 1964, be­gin­ning as a pub­lic ser­vant.

“For me, Ab­dul­lah is a true friend be­cause he re­mains loyal and is will­ing to be with me and the gov­ern­ment in good and bad times.

“What’s more, he has passed on the lead­er­ship ba­ton — Umno pres­i­dency and the pre­mier­ship — to me without fuss.”

Na­jib also said he would never for­get Ab­dul­lah’s word of wis­dom, ask­ing him “to work with him, in­stead of work­ing for him”.

“This is so true, as the say­ing goes, if you want to go fast, you go alone, but if you want to go far, you go to­gether,” said the prime min­is­ter.

Na­jib also pledged RM5 mil­lion for the Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi Legacy As­so­ci­a­tion, which would be dis­bursed this year.

Es­tab­lished on Sept 4, 2016, Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi Legacy As­so­ci­a­tion was formed un­der Sec­tion 7 of the So­ci­eties Act 1966, So­ci­eties Reg­u­la­tions 1984.

The as­so­ci­a­tion or­gan­ises ac­tiv­i­ties that fo­cused on the main legacy in­spired by Ab­dul­lah such as hu­man cap­i­tal, Is­lam Had­hari, Na­tional In­tegrity Plan, Na­tional Mis­sion, Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor De­vel­op­ment, ha­lal in­dus­try, as well as waqaf and in­tegrity.

Later, the prime min­is­ter stayed on to listen to a fo­rum on hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment.

One of the pan­elists, Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia ViceChan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Seri Dr Noor Azlan Ghaz­ali said the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor would evolve and it would re­quire Malaysians to adapt quickly to sur­vive.

An­other pan­el­list, In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Uni­ver­sity Rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Ka­marudin, stressed pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent hu­man cap­i­tal with strong values.

Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak launch­ing the ‘10 Years: Had­hari and Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi Legacy’ ex­hi­bi­tion, as Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Me­laka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob (right), and former prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi (sec­ond from right) look on, in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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