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Published: Wednesday July 9, 2014 MYT 1:25:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 9, 2014 MYT 1:28:58 PM

A country without leadership may suffer same fate as Brazilian football team, says Najib

PUTRAJAYA: A country without proper leadership may end up like the Brazillian national football team in the 2014 World Cup, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Making reference to Wednesday morning’s semi-final match between Brazil and Germany, the Prime Minister said the host nation's defence was kucar-kacir (all over the place) due to a lack of proper leadership.

Brazil’s hopes of winning a record sixth title were crushed following a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany. The home nation had gone into the tie without injured talisman Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended for a second bookable offence in the quarter-finals.

"If that can happen to a football team, imagine what can happen to a country without leadership, vision, and a commitment to strive for the rakyat's fate.

"The answer is that the outcome would be like the Brazil team," Najib said at a ceremony to present Perdana fellows to Cabinet ministers on Wednesday.

The Perdana Fellows Programme is an internship programme where successful applicants are selected to work with Cabinet ministers for a stipulated period.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Najib Tun Razak, World Cup 2014, Brazil, Germany, leadership, Perdana Fellows

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