Cheerful fellows: Najib and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam during a light moment at the Perdana fellowship ceremony in Putrajaya. Looking on are Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Palanivel (left), Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (second from left) and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (second from right). — Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: A country without proper leadership may end up like the Brazilian national football team in the 2014 World Cup, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Making a reference to yesterday’s early morning semi-final match between Brazil and Germany, the Prime Minister said the host nation’s defence was kucar-kacir (topsy-turvy) due to the lack of proper leadership.
“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,” said Najib at a ceremony to present this year’s Perdana fellows to their respective Cabinet ministers.
Brazil’s hopes of winning a record sixth World Cup were crushed following the humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany.
The home nation had gone into the match without injured talisman Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended for a second bookable offence in the quarter-finals.
The Perdana Fellows Programme is an internship scheme in which successful applicants are selected to work with Cabinet ministers for a stipulated period.
The programme has seen an increase in popularity with close to 1,200 applications received – almost twice the number of that last year.
Only 84 applicants were chosen this time around.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin attributed the programme’s success to the valuable working experience gained by the fellows during their tenure.
“Maybe it is also a sign of confidence from the younger generation towards the country’s administration as they have shown that they want to directly contribute their ideas and service to the country’s leadership.
“What we can’t quantify is the voice of the younger generation that they brought with them and the ministers were very happy that they (the fellows) gave their thoughts about our policies and statements,” Khairy said.