PM: Father taught me patience
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD and ONG HAN SEAN
Speaking at a special tribute event here, Najib said he had learned a lot from his father, including values such as patience and not to be too power-crazy.
“Among the things I learned from him was on how to be patient and not to be too power-crazy.
“My late father declined Umno’s top post after (party’s first president)Datuk Onn Jaafar died.
“And he could not wait to hand over the absolute power he had when he was the Mageran (National Operations Council) chief,” he said at Universiti Teknologi Mara in Bandar Tun Abdul Razak here yesterday.
Najib said that as Mageran chief, a post to which Abdul Razak was appointed after the May 13 incident in 1969, his father had full power of the Parliament and Cabinet.
“My father told me that he was afraid of absolute power. He was willing to make way for others to lead Umno after Datuk Onn Jaafar resigned as Umno president as he felt that he was not ready to be the number one in the party at that time.
“I don’t think such values are practised now as there are many power-crazy people who do not mind undercutting others, just to stay above the rest,” he said.
Najib also shared three things about his father with the audience, saying these were the “three Bs” berbushjacket (loved wearing bush jackets),bertongkat (took a cane wherever he went) and berdehem (the sound of him clearing his throat).
At this point, Najib, who seemed overcome, stopped his speech, adding that it was difficult not to be emotional when talking about his father.
Earlier, he told the crowds that history was the best teacher as there were always lessons to be learned.
Najib said that by studying the good things achieved and mistakes made in the past, one could help minimise errors and avoid destruction in the present.
Courtesy: The Star Online