KUALA LUMPUR – Being the prime minister is not exactly the dream job as many would have thought, according to Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
Speaking in a dialogue session, Najib said the most stressful job a person could get in the world is to be the prime minister as the position comes with its own complications and challenges.
He lamented he did not even manage to get the seven hours required sleep time as recommended by doctors due to the daily workload he had to face.
“I have been working seven days a week for months now, even the during fasting month. Last night I broke my fast and performed my tarawih prayers at Bukit Gantang, Perak. I came home late and only slept for a few hours.
“The most stressful job in the world is to be the prime minister, I can assure you,” he said during an event with Prasarana group staff at Menara Berkembar Bank Rakyat.
Najib in his speech also reminded Prasarana, which manages major public transportation services in the country, to strive for zero defect in its services as a single mistake in the system would be blamed on the government.
“Let there be no flaw or breakdown in the service. Meaning, our benchmark must be set at a high level,” he said.
“Even though (the mistake) occurs in that particular stage, usually it is the prime minister that will be blamed,” he said.
He said he was perplexed with the attitude of some Malaysians who were quick to blame him when the price of petrol increases, but did not praise him when the opposite happen.
“The price of petrol decreased in the past few days and the prime minister should have been congratulated, but there was none.
“When the price of oil increases the prime minister will ‘kena pulun’ (attacked), but when it decreases there are no congratulations,” he added.
Najib said there were many things that the government had done to make sure the rakyat prospered which were not appreciated and taken for granted.
He added sometimes he was even forced to make an unpopular decision despite it being the right one to make in benefiting the rakyat and country.
“We will face a hard choice and being in the government, you may need to make some hard choices,” he said.
“The question is whether you have the political courage to make the hard choices.”