Tonight was history in the making, at least where Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was concerned.
Because tonight was the night he was “most nervous”, in his long 41 years in politics.
Speaking at the first National Transformation 2050 (TN50) town hall session, held at the Tunku Chancellor Hall in Universiti Malaya, Najib pointed to the fact how the event was with a live audience and similarly aired live on television.
“I’ve never done this, I’ve never worn (this kind of) microphone.
“I really don’t know what would happen tonight, good or bad, (whether) I would be stumped (for answers),” said Najib in his concluding remarks.
That may have been his concern, but luckily for the premier, and as he said so himself, tonight’s dialogue session was “a most successful one”.
The one-and-a-half-hour long event started with Najib giving a speech on his vision for 2050, followed by the dialogue session between him and selected youths, which was moderated by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The audience which comprised young leaders, students as well as members of Najib’s cabinet, listened attentively to him as well as to those who had questions to ask, and clapped and cheered as they were expected to.