PETALING JAYA: Public perception that a Prime Minister has control over everything in a country is untrue, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
In a blog post reflecting on his more than 40 years in politics yesterday, the Prime Minister said some situations and incidents that occurred during his tenure were beyond his control.
“Many people believe that a prime minister has authority and knowledge over all matters in this country. In actual fact, this is not the case. We need to realise that many things which happen are beyond the control of the prime minister.
“I am only a servant of God who has weaknesses too, and plenty of knowledge that I still need to learn,” he said.
Najib said that this has not stopped those with personal agendas from levelling accusations against him and using various issues to mislead the public.
“However, I remain committed and sincere in continuing the struggle to develop religion and the nation,” he said.
Speaking at the 9th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties later, Najib said unity in Umno and Barisan Nasional was vital.
The Barisan chairman said the coalition has always been aware of the importance of harmony as Malaysia is a diverse country.
As such, he said, Barisan practises moderation and although there were occasional disagreements in Umno or other component parties, these were resolved amicably to maintain unity and solidarity in the ruling coalition.
“This is because we know that if we are divided, Malaysians will pay the price,” Najib said.
Representatives of political parties from more than 30 Asian countries are attending the assembly which will end tomorrow.
The Prime Minister said the Government treasures the results of the ballot box and not the views of individuals, however famous, as the only expression of the people’s will.
He said any citizen who calls for foreign powers to intervene in their country’s internal affairs is not a patriot.
“They are in fact betraying their people,” he said.
Commenting on the theme of the Assembly, “Cooperation to Promote One Asia”, Najib said that in order to remain relevant, it was the duty of governments and political parties to uphold democratic principles, maintain economic stability as well as preserve security for the people.
On terrorism and security, the Prime Minister said that all political parties, especially those from Muslim countries, need to ensure that they send the message that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.
With online and social media a key front in the effort to counter violent extremism, Malaysia has set up a Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Communications Centre which will soon be fully operational, he added.