Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he will not disturb the leadership style of his successor especially by issuing various criticism openly after his retirement.
He said that every prime minister would take the nation to a certain level and the subsequent premier would take the country to a better level.
“I have a philosophy, I will retire and will not interfere with my successor when the time comes for me to go (as prime minister) later.
“My successor will do better than when I was helming the nation. That is continuity in any struggle,” he said in a question and answer session in the programme ’60 Minutes With the Prime Minister’ together with 350 male and female undergraduates from local and foreign universities and representatives of youth organisations at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya today.
The prime minister said this when asked whether he felt comfortable when compared to the previous leaders.
He said that upon his retirement, he wished to do a lot of things that he could not do when he was the leader including playing football, writing books and visiting countries that he had never been to.
Unlike normal mortals the Prime Minister believes he can control his future.
He says he will not criticise his successor… but maybe his successor will be someone he has already criticised in the past.
It is not for him to say, because all of us have to accept that we are but temporarily in our positions on earth to enjoy the fruits of our situation.
As for football, travelling and the like…. well these would be unlikely were justice to catch up with him. Because, all Malaysia now knows that the rightful place for him is jail.
Furthermore, we note that reading and writing (something he plans to do a lot of when he is ‘retired’) have been restricted by Najib himself in the case of political opponents he has put in jail for trumped up crimes. So, why does he assume that he will be able to indulge in such past times, which he denied to others, were he to be locked up for his genuine crimes?
Najib should act less complacent, like the rest of us. But, at least he is thinking about retirement!