KLANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has no intention of stepping down even if he does not garner a high majority.
This, he said, was him following in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who stuck to the post despite facing various hardship during his term.
One of the challenges the former premier faced, Najib pointed out, was when Umno was banned in 1987.
“Tun M’s leadership was rejected at the time and because of the party’s constitution, he continued to lead the country and party.
“At the time, Tun M wanted the position of party president and got a low majority after almost 50% rejected his leadership,” Najib told attendees in his speech at the Klang Executive Club here, today.
“So that means I will also follow the same principle. Today, if people don’t support me, why should I resign?” Najib sarcastically told attendees.
Najib said the party’s constitution was amended to allow any individual to contest for the president post and he won uncontested recently.
In comparison, during Dr Mahathir’s time, whoever wanted to become the party’s president needed a minimum of 63 nominations to contest the president who would automatically become Prime Minister, said Najib.
“That’s why Tun M could remain PM for 22 years, because he used such a constitution,” Najib added.
Moving forward, Najib said he would leave it to the party and the rakyat to decide his fate, expressing confidence that both were behind him.
He was confident that the development he brought to Malaysia in his position as PM would garner him the support needed.