The whole world is looking at MALAYSIA. After a period of political instability, the nation is moving towards the long awaited transition of power process. Pak Lah, the current PM had announced that he would not be contesting in the next UMNO’s election, leaving the space for Dato’ SeriÂ Mohd Najib. YBhg. Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak was born on July 23, 1953, in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. He has been been the country’s Deputy Prime Minister since January 7, 2004. Najib is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), and is currently the Deputy President of the party.
Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib is the eldest son of the late Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, and a nephew of Tun Hussein Onn, the third PM. This makes him relatedÂ to the current Minister of Education, Datuk Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn.
He was first elected to the Dewan Rakyat, representing the parliamentary constituency of Pekan, at the age of 23 in an uncontested election after the death of his father. In his career, Najib has held a variety of ministerial portfolios (the first at the age of 32), culminating in the post of Minister of Defence before being chosen as the deputy PM by Abdullah Badawi. Najib holds the title of Orang Kaya Inderapura of Pahang. He was first married to Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandar. YBhg. Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib is presentlyÂ married to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. He has three sons, Nizar (born 1978), Nazifuddin and Norashman, and two daughters, Puteri Norlisa and Nooryana Najwa. Najib had his primary and secondary education at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He also attended Malvern College, Worcestershire, England and subsequentlyÂ studied atÂ the University of Nottingham.
Najib is Malaysia’s best bet in UMNO-led government. The rest of the leaders in UMNO have yet to shine in terms of charismatic power. Knowledgable leaders in UMNO include Datuk Shahrir Samad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin,Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Datuk Amirsham. Hope together they can rebuild MALAYSIA with better economic fundamentals.