Sunday, April 5, 2009

Today, inside my bubble ...

The wheel of change has just move in. As Malaysia is about to celebrate its 52nd year of independence, out goes the old and in comes the new ... April 3rd ... saw the swearing in of Malaysia's 6th Prime Minister. Here's a look at the chronological list of the past prime ministers:

1st PM: Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al - Haj (1957-1971)
2nd PM: Tun Abdul Razak b. Hussein (1971-1976)
3rd PM: Tun Hussein b. Onn (1976-1981)
4th PM: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003)
5th PM: Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (2003-2009)

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak became Malaysia's 6th prime minister after taking over from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who stepped down after leading the country for more than five years. Up till now, the eldest son of the 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had served as the country's deputy prime minister. As the new prime minister, he will be immediately tasked with reuniting a multi-racial nation and shoring up a lacklustre economy.

The prime minister in his maiden speech, has urged the people to join him in his quest to revitalise the country through the concept of One Malaysia. His slogan is “People First, Performance Now”. One Malaysia is the thrust of his new administration which hinges on mutual respect and trust among the various races.

"One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now." is an attractive and snappy slogan. So far, it's been received with mixed feelings, amidst the current mistrust, suspicion and ignorance towards the government due to its many indecisive stand in policies. We, Malaysians at all levels can only look forward to it being translated into action. We look forward towards the materialisation of a nation where one’s ethnic identity ceases to be the defining attribute in social, economic and political life. It's been 51 years since independence and we have yet to achieve it!

"Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed."
~ Irene Peter

So ... to the new prime minister and his new cabinet line-up ... please "Walk The Talk!"


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