KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says he will remain committed to helping Prime Minister Najib Razak in the implementation of government projects for the benefit of the people.
“I will give my assistance to the prime minister to ensure that both his and the government’s commitments are well interpreted. I support the prime minister because he is sincere in helping everyone regardless of race and religion.
“He (the prime minister) needs his number two man to be committed so I will give him my commitment and loyalty,” he said at the launch of the Sri Murugan Centre’s 35th anniversary celebration, here yesterday.
Zahid said he had been faithful to Najib Razak whom he had known since 1982 and had also served as his press secretary in 1987.
“My loyalty should never be questioned by anyone,” he added.
Zahid said one of the tasks entrusted to him was the eradication of urban poverty, and through the Urban Poverty Alleviation Cabinet Committee which he chairs, he would ensure the objectives were met.
He often discussed with other ministers including Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar to find solutions to urban poverty, especially in solving housing, food costs, transportation and education issues.
“I am colour blind when it comes to eradicating urban poverty. Poverty transcends race, so no matter who they are, Malay, Indian or Chinese, we have to help them.”