Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Breaking news! Najib is Finance Minister
Najib Tun Razak has been named Finance Minister with immediate effect. The appointment is part of the transition plan to provide more responsibilities for Najib. He is already the chairman of the Ni nth Malaysia Plan council. He will represent Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the United Nations general assembly next week. Pak Lah will take over the Defence Ministry now held by Najib.The message from Pak Lah is that Najib is being geared to take over as PM. The two - Pak Lah and Najib - are also expected to make public appearances together to quash rumours of a challenge from Najib for the top party post. At a just concluded press conference, PM said he and Najib were committed to the 2010 transition of power. The PM also said he could also pass the baton to Najib even earlier than 2010. But the main point is that Pak Lah will defend his Umno presidency and Najib, the deputy post. The two leaders had met over the last few days, where he told his deputy that he wanted to reform the judiciary and police before he left.