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YAB Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak - Biography

YAB Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak (born 23 July 1953) is the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister on April 3, 2009. Previously, he held the post of Deputy Prime Minister from January 7, 2004. Najib is President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is the son of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak and the nephew of Malaysia's third Prime Minister, Tun Hussein Onn.

Najib succeeded Abdullah at a time after his ruling coalition, the Barisan Nasional, lost its long held two-thirds majority in parliament to the opposition led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in the 2008 parliamentary election. Since then Najib has tried to build a moderate image for himself and the UMNO through the1Malaysia campaign.

On 2 May 2009, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced the government’s plan to develop a New Economic Model. The plan included introducing subsidies for petrol, diesel and LPG were cut as part of Malaysia's general programme of reducing and rationalisingsubsidies.