Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s quality of putting national interest above personal considerations has won praise from delegates attending the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2016 conference.
In fact, Lesotho Institute of Public Administration and Management director- general Dr John Dzimba who has observed closely Najib’s leadership even likened him to South Africa’s icon the late Nelson Mandela.
Dzimba said Najib was a leader who built bridges and not divide the nation.
“This is the kind of leadership that we need to see in this era,” he told Bernama after attending the opening ceremony of the biennial conference Thursday at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here.
Dzimba, who had listened attentively to Najib’s opening remarks said: “To be honest, I think this is one of the most patriotic speeches I ever heard from a young man. His speech is from the heart and he’s not just trying to be on the stage but he’s the man who actually believes in what he says and what he does.”
He expressed admiration for Malaysia’s major strengths namely stability and the government’s engagement with youth and hoped Najib would continue to lead Malaysia for many more years.
Director-General of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation Office, Lagos State Government, Nigeria, Toba Otusanya said Najib’s inspiring speech was an indication on how Malaysia had actually transformed into one of the best countries in the world.
He said Malaysia’s National Blue Ocean Stategy (NBOS) was a very good example of a new way of thinking and tackling problems, which other nations should emulate.
Director of Administration Office of the Kenyan President, Rogers Abok Hadao said that he believed many countries were keen to learn from Malaysia’s development approaches for the benefit of their people.
“The main reason why some of us came to Malaysia is to see what Malaysia has done so far in its development. You can see the infrastructure and facilities.
You look at the practices in term of reform in the public sector, public service and economy,” he said.
Deputy Head of Trade Office of Russia in Malaysia, Sergei Zhurbin, a guest at the conference, said Malaysia had made great achievements in unveiling various innovation programmes for the country.
CAPAM chief executive officer Gay Hamilton said the association appreciated Najib’s efforts in tying in two CAPAM conference themes in his speech.
She said Najib touched on this year’s theme ‘Innovation: a Public Sector Imperative’ and the 2014 theme ‘Public Service Transformation: A New Conversation’ which were relevant for public administration.
Malaysia previously hosted the CAPAM conference in 2014 and 1998.