Prime Minister Najib Razak will not disturb, openly criticise or become a menace to his successor after he had retired for good.
“I have a philosophy. I will retire and will not interfere with my successor when the time comes for me to go later,” said Najib during a question-and-answer session in the programme “60 Minutes With the Prime Minister” together with 350 male and female undergraduates from local and foreign universities and representatives of youth organisations at Seri Perdana in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
“My successor will do better than when I was helming the nation. That is continuity in any struggle,” said Najib, firing a broadside at former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Najib said that upon his retirement, he wished to do a lot of things that he could not do when he was the leader, including playing football, writing books and visiting countries that he had never been to.
“Why would I want to disturb my successor? But if my successor wants to treat me to dinner or to have coffee, there is no problem. But I will not criticise him or her openly.”
Najib said it was unfair for previous leaders to criticise the leadership of the present leader, pointing out that past US presidents had never criticised current President Barack Obama.
“That is not the right thing to do as a former leader. If he criticises, it is not fair. Bush had never criticised Obama.”
According to the prime minister, the Chinese leaders would immediately “disappear” after their political retirement.
“It is the best way to ensure that the country’s administration functioned smoothly without disturbance from former leaders.”