Sunday, February 14, 2016
Najib: No regrets over unpopular decisions
Admitting that the Government lost "brownie points" in implementing unpopular moves, the Prime Minister said they were necessary with the fall of oil prices and other commodities.
He said the situation was beyond the Government's control and the steps taken were necessary.
"Sometimes in politics and even in life, you need to take the tough and difficult situation, decisions which you know would be good for you and the country in the medium and long term.
"I always akin this to when you are not well, you have to take antibiotic, some are not so pleasant but you have to take and have to stay the course.
"You must complete your antibiotic course and when you complete it, you will recover and become fit once again," Najib said in his address during a get together with Malaysian students and those living in California during his one-week working visit here.
The Prime Minister said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was necessary, saying that without GST, it would have impacted the economy and welfare of Malaysians.
"It was the right decision, I don't regret it. I just want people to understand and appreciate that it is very much like taking medicine when it is necessary," he added.