PUTRAJAYA, 14 May 2009: Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he wants to be known as the “People’s Prime Minister” who is people-friendly and can understand the aspirations of the people.
“I am with the people, and will be with the people,” said the prime minister, who stressed that there should not be any perception that ‘he comes from a family of aristocrats’.
“We must look at the direction the country is heading for, we must understand, must feel the pulse of the people, the pulse of the nation, the power of the people, we must feel them,” he said when delivering his message at the Public Sector Workers’ Day at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here today.
The event with the theme “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now”, was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and Cuepacs president Omar Osman.
As such, Najib said that as soon as he took over the country’s administration, his first agenda was the “walkabout” which he described as a friendly observation such as the one at Puduraya.
“I visited Puduraya because a major section of the population uses Puduraya, especially when returning to their home town for the festive holidays.
“I looked, not only with my own eyes to see for myself the situation there, I also smelled the air there. I say it’s different from the briefing given to me by the Datuk Bandar [when] I go down to look at the real situation in Puduraya.
“It’s a vast difference,” the prime minister said.
Najib said that was why he wanted to get down on the ground without the formality and ‘red carpet’ welcome and without the TV (media) crew.
He said he would definitely get down on the ground as he wanted to see personally the problems faced by the people and find ways of resolving them.
He said the government would make improvements at Puduraya for the convenience of the people who used the bus services there. — Bernama