NAJIB A FAR BETTER MAN & POLITICIAN THAN MANY IN THE CURRENT BASKET SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE
I am no politician.
But I have served the country long enough and in various capacities importantly as a lead consumer advocate having access to the wide scope of policy makers.
My journey started in 1983 in Penang, which makes me a veteran.
And now as Malaysia ASEAN APEC lead consumerist, (all pro bono work) I have had access to a wider audience and power brokers in the region which includes Europe, the South Indian Continent and West Asia.
And in all my visits I have never bad mouthed the country or its leaders.
I have had my disappointments no doubt when not picked by the powers that be and basically “idiots, apple polishers and lobbyists” are rewarded when I have had put in my time, resources and hard work and had a great impeachable track record of service.
But I know that I am very well respected by the powers that be and accorded that cordiality when we meet for public policy deliberations and initiatives.
But in all my years, I have admired many of our politicians and among them our first premier with whom I had access and the third.
But former Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Hj Razak or popularly known as ‘Pak Jib” was always my favorite.
I have no shame to say he is a dear friend!
We have met many times on community issues and I always admired the manner he addressed those issues with the skills of care and concern.
Never once did I abuse my position for personal gratification.
So when we met in the corridors of the Kuala Lumpur High Court recently and chatted, I realized he had not lost any of his warmth and cordiality despite what Kak Rosmah and he had being going through.
So it was painful for me to see those he gave assistance and help on many fronts for decades, today deserting him and some even saying malicious utterances.
But inexplicably he still commands far great support and respect from the masses which is obvious wherever he goes, which I cannot say about the new bud grafted political specimens?
But I am certain Pak Jib today knows both true friends from opportunists.
If one wants to be an effective leader one should study Pak Jib and his soft touches and people skills.
Like I said, I remain always a dear friend of both Kak Rosmah and Pak Jib.
And pray for both of them and their family.