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Najib confident of regaining lost ground

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 March 2009: Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed his confidence that Umno would regain the support of the people if the promised reforms were carried out.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the people would analyse the transformation based on the actions and implementations.

“The people will judge us not on what we say but on our actions and how we deliver. We have promised to make the reforms, changes and we will deliver that,” he told reporters after the Umno general assembly here today.

He was commenting on whether the new line-up would be able to regain the lost ground.

Asked whether he is ready to take over as the prime minister, Najib said he was confident of taking charge of the administration as he had the support of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In winding-up his speech at the general assembly, Abdullah said he would seek audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on 2 April to convey his wish to relinquish his post as prime minister.

On the race relations, Najib said he did not think it had come to the point where the situation was very tense but certain issues had cropped up from time to time.

“But Malaysians now are mature and understand that we need to live together in harmony. We can have differences of opinion. Some issues may be sensitive but at the end of the day, we must find ways to resolve them.

“We have to move forward in nation building and take Malaysia to greater heights. I believe in the ‘One Malaysia Concept’,” he said, adding that the policy and programme would be implemented when he took over.

“Party members should focus in rebuilding the party and the economic agenda. This is because there is a general feeling among the people that there is too much politicking and it had side tracked the most important issue – the economic recovery,” he said.

On the cabinet reshuffle, he said, “Wait until I take over.”

On the power transition, he said, “Let’s PM (Abdullah) seeks audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong first. Everything will be sorted out, don’t worry.” — Bernama


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