Let's get on with serving the people, Najib tells new Cabinet

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak addressing staff of the PM's Department in Putrajaya.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak addressing staff of the PM's Department in Putrajaya. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Now that the Cabinet has a new line-up, it's time to get back to serving the people and regaining public confidence, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

In his first meeting with members of the Prime Minister's Department since the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Najib reminded his staff that "there is a lot to do".

"Now that we are done with the Cabinet reshuffle, we need to move forward.

"There is a lot to do, especially in economic matters. Our priority is to lower the cost of living for the people.

"It is not just about helping people to put food on the table. There are also other problems we need to address such as affordable housing, employment and improving government service.

"These are all detailed in the National Transformation Policy and the 11th Malaysia Plan," said Najib, adding that the government has a task to address the "confidence deficit."

"On social media, the battle between perception and reality is our challenge. Perception always tends to be stronger than reality.

"However, I believe all of these concerns can be addressed if the Cabinet works as one strong unit. We can overcome all challenges if we work together," said Najib.

He also thanked former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for his services. Former ministers G. Palanivel, Shafie Apdal, Hasan Malek and Ewon Ebin were also given special mention.

Najib also congratulated Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his appointment as the new Deputy Prime Minister.

Also present at the assembly were new Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman and new Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.