Friday, April 3, 2009

Malaysian 6th Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak

Najib takes oath as PM
From MalaysiaKini

Najib Abdul Razak today officially became Malaysia's sixth prime minister this morning.

Dressed in black baju Melayu, he read his declaration of taking office and oath of secrecy before King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at 10.10am.

"I, Najib Razak, who has been chosen to hold the post of prime minister, swear that I will carry out the responsibilities which I have been entrusted with to the best of my ability," the 55-year-old leader said in front of the king.

"I will be true to Malaysia and will defend and uphold the constitution."

The solemn ceremony was witnessed by Court of Appeal president Alauddin Mohd Sheriff. Chief Justice Zaki Azmi could not be present as he is overseas performing his 'umrah' (minor pilgrimage).

Also present were outgoing premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife, Jeanne.

Read report on The Star Online Najib sworn in as Prime Minister

Sequence of events:
09.30am: Ministers and officials are gathering at Istana Negara. Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also arrives at the Palace.

09.45am: Abdullah and Najib arrive at Istana Negara.

09.55am: King arrives for swearing in ceremony.

10.10am: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sworn in as Prime Minister in front of Yang diPertuan Agung Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara. The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by the two previous Prime Ministers, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

10.23am: Abdullah conferred the Darjah Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara which carries the title Tun.

10.25am: Abdullah’s wife Jeanne conferred the Darjah Seri Setia Mahkota Negara, which also carries the title Tun.

10.27am: Swearing in ceremony of Najib as PM ends.

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