Wednesday October 3, 2012
Forum sees the lighter side of Najib
By RAZAK AHMAD
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak created a stir at the closing ceremony of the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2012 when he stopped midway during his speech to ask the audience about a strange sound in the background.
“Where is that sound coming from?” he asked, referring to the sound of chirping birds that could be heard in a packed hotel ballroom.
The startled audience burst into laughter upon realising that the sound had been piped into the hall speakers by the organisers.
The sound-effect was created to provide a suitable ambience as Najib was scheduled to launch Khazanah's mangrove conservation efforts immediately after his address.
He then displayed another side to his personality by whipping out his handphone from his pocket and showing it to the audience.
“I hope the sound isn't coming from my phone. As you can see, I have the latest phone, the iPhone 5. But just to be balanced, I also have a Samsung,” Najib said, leaving the delegates in stitches.
In his address, he said Budget 2013 was based on the country's continued growth, low unemployment and a healthy banking sector.
“These strengths allowed the Government to deliver a Budget that was responsive to the people's needs,” he added.
He later launched a book produced by Khazanah on Johor mangroves titled Sandpipers and Mudskippers A Journey Through the Ramsar Mangroves of Iskandar Malaysia aimed at conserving the three mangroves in Johor which are protected under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
The two-day event, which ended yesterday, discussed key economic shifts occurring globally.