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Despite Brickbats And Barbed Criticism, Najib And Rosmah Persevere In Serving The Nation

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Cursing or condemning will not help with the country’s development and today people vote for PR because they are good at insulting the government and not because of the idea of the country’s development.” - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

The sixth and current Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak was appointed on April 3, 2009 to succeed Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the leading party in Malaysia’s ruling party Barisan Nasional alliance.

He has three children, Mohd Nizar Najib, Mohd Nazifuddin Najib and Puteri Norlisa Najib, from his previous marriage to Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandar also known as Kui Yie.

His subsequent marriage to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in 1987 produced two more children, Mohd Norashman Najib and Nooryana Najwa Najib.

A Profile Of The PM As An Every Malaysian

Perhaps most Malaysians have forgotten that Najib Razak is foremost, a human being and far from perfect yet people expect him to be perfect all the time.

While he devotes most of his day and in some ways, his life to serving the nation, the sixth Prime Minister is also a son, husband, and a father.

The fact that he is the oldest son out six children of Malaysia's second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak bin Hussein Al-Haj should be known to all Malaysians.

Yes he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but his taste buds is just like common Malaysians who like 'ikan patin' (silver catfish). When Barack Obama came to Malaysia for his diplomatic visit last year, a luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister, served among the dishes the famed ikan patin of the Pahang river.

Najib can ask his cook to serve something continental or western for the US President's state dinner but instead he chose the local fresh water fish instead.

Apart from being an 'ikan patin' lover, he is also a book lover. According to his profile on his Facebook he likes browsing through bookstores.

To most Malaysians, reading is the least favourite activity but not for Najib. As stated in his interview with a local news daily back in 2007, he reads during flights, in the car, during commercial breaks while watching TV, on the treadmill and at bedtime.

His love for reading even astonished his staff. Poziah Haji Abdul Rahman who was Najib’s senior public relations officer had once told the media that Najib reads all the time and put the rest of his staff to shame.

Fulfilling his duty as the prime minister does not stop him from being a huge fan of the Manchester United football club and an admirer of footballer Christiano Ronaldo's prowess when he was still with the club.

Followers of social media would have noticed how 'hip' Najib is digitally like any Gen Y youth - a selfie enthusiast and people-oriented in leadership. Below are some of the pictures that he took.


A True Gentleman In Politics And Public Service

It is unneccessary to delve into the long list of government programmes that have been implemented during Najib' two terms in office as the wide spread publicity, both positive and negative have occupied metres of newspaper column space and hours of media airtime.

Lets look at the present. The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), subsidy rationalization, 2015 budget revision and the impending GST implementation. All these are major economic strategies that have far-reaching implications and they are by no means popular moves.

Najib has withstood a barrage of criticism from the Opposition and the public, stirred up by polemics and propoganda to oppose many of these governent policies that are actually meant to secure our country's future.

Pemandu CEO, Datuk Seri Idris Jala in a recent interview on a local radio station about the ETP status, had been asked his personal opinion on working closely with the prime minister for the last five years.

"He is a real gentleman, " observed Idris Jala who noted that after his years in the corporate sector he was surprised to find a career politician like Najib who can follow an agenda.

"He follows the agenda in all the cabinet meetings. Once a collective decision is made, he sticks with the timeline in a disciplined manner," he added.

Just last week PM Najib had shared in his instagram page @najib_razak, following the release of the country's 2014 gross domestic product (GDP), that the government will continue to focus on introducing high-impact initiatives to ensure stability and sustainability for the nation.

Najib said Malaysia posted a six per cent GDP growth in 2014, surpassing the 4.7 per cent growth in 2013 and the 2014 forecast of 5.8 per cent by economic analysts.

The Saying 'Behind Every Successful Man There Stands A Woman' Truly Applies In Najib's Case

Datin Seri Rosmah MansorDatin Seri Rosmah MansorNajib cannot be thankful enough that his wife is always beside him and helping him.

In 2013 during Najib’s closing speech at the UMNO General Assembly at the World Trade Centre (PWTC) gave two never been told examples of his wife's contribution to Malaysia.

When our student was once mistaken by the Egyptian government as a spy, Rosmah ask Hosni Mubarak’s wife for help and in two hours the student was released.

Plus, when the government wanted to bring the student back to Malaysia via Jeddah, thanks to the good relationship that they have with the Saudi royal family, the students were allowed to fly back without visas.

Last year during the war in Gaza, Rosmah donated RM2.3 million to children welfare and education programme as well as to the hospital.

Rosmah who is also a sponsor for World Children Welfare Fund, donated RM1.5 million for the welfare of the children in Gaza to Mercy Malaysia and PGPF.

She has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the Louisiana State University and was also awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from Curtin University in Australia

She can also sing, like truly sing and not just lip-synching, who could have known?

Even though she has a commanding personality with a stern aura, she has an engagingly casual side to her personality as well. In the video below she is seen teasing her husband, PM Najib by nudging her shoulder at him in an informal and affectionate gesture.

When Marriage Means A Lifetime Devoted To Public Service

Because of her passion with children's welfare, she started a programme that focuses on early education. Hence PERMATA was born.

Nursery and Children Early Education Programme or PERMATA provides opportunities especially to children less than 4 years of age to experience quality early learning programme in a fun learning atmosphere.

BERNAMA interviewed Rosmah when the programme first started. She talked about the benefit of the programme because it is in line with the One School concep, a concept where students from all walks of life could mingle naturally and not just because of special programmes that require them to mingle for a short period of time only.

She also mentions that the feedback showed that the children who went through the programme experience a process of healthy mingling where the children were able to pick up dialect or language of another culture.

When our nation was hit by the flood crisis last year, Rosmah was also concerned with the well being of the people. As the president of the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), she made a personal visit to the affected areas.

In her capacity as the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia (PPPM) president, Rosmah extended support and commitments including stationery and school uniforms to 30 students, 20 educators and three staff individuals from the school.

She was also quoted by local media that she hopes that all Bakti members would actively participate in activities that has been planned out hence projecting a good image towards the nation’s leadership.

At the same time she hopes that all of the members will behave in public and always support their husbands in service to the nation

A Partnership That Grows In Strength In The Face Of Adversity

Despite all the bad rap that Najib and Rosmah get from Malaysians lately, that does not stop them from doing their duty and improving the people’s welfare.

Yes there have been miss-steps but haven't we all made mistakes before? I am not saying that we should blindly accept all the excuses and mismanagement of public funds without assessing all facts to separate truth from fiction.

It is just that instead of focusing all of our energy looking at their mistakes, look at each issue rationally with equal attention to both sides of the story. After all, it is probably an understatement to say that managing a country is not easy and it is always easier to criticize and judge.