I was one of those who received a private email from the newly minted Prime Minister Najib Razak. It was a cordial reminder to check on his blog, 1Malaysia.com.my. I was told Najib has assembled a team of PR and media consultants to work on leadership image since a few months ago. Several media big-wigs had lobbied hard to be part of his media team.
Najib's succession of Abdullah was criticized by the opposition as inappropriate and unsuitable for Malaysia. He was blamed as the main person who architected the fall of PR state government, the ban of opposition newspapers and the use of other hard handed tactics on his political opponents.
His former colleague, ex-minister Zaid Ibrahim, had asked the monarch not to appoint Najib as the next premier. It was followed by a petition signed by 81 PR MPs which was submitted to the palace requesting for the same.
His team of advisers had hit the first home run for Najib. More to come (full article).