PETALING JAYA, April 2 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the New Economic Model (NEM) launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Tuesday fulfilled the 1 Malaysia concept as it encompasses all the races.
The former prime minister said the introduction of the NEM showed that Najib understood the needs of all races in the country, including the Malays.
“I think he understands the need to cater to all communities and not forgetting his own community,” he told reporters after launching the book and art exhibition ‘Painted-Axioms of Life Experiences” by the Vice-Chancellor of the International University College of Nursing, Prof Datuk Dr Hashim Yaacob, at Subang Jaya, near here.
Also present at the function was Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.
The NEM was implemented to boost the national economy so that Malaysia would become a developed nation by the year 2020 and subsequently raise the income of the whole population.
When asked on the by-election for the Hulu Selangor Parliamentary seat to be held on April 25, Dr Mahathir expressed his fear on the selection of the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate to wrest the seat from the opposition.
As such, he hoped the BN would field a suitable candidate who could be accepted by the constituents.
On the first anniversary of Najib’s leadership as Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir said the one-year period is insufficient to gauge the leadership and changes brought by Najib.
“One year is insufficient to make an assessment. One year is for the person to learn his job,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said the new policies and planning introduced by Najib could only be evaluated when they have been implemented successfully and have achieved results. — Bernama