Mahathir pays tribute to Najib's late father, Razak

Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has paid tribute to the country's second prime minister despite his ongoing criticism against his son.

Dr Mahathir said he had nothing but good memories of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's father.

"Watching the TV documentary on his life and times, I cannot help but feel sad. Those were great days," he wrote in his blog yesterday.

He said the leaders then were "dedicated and bent on developing the country and tackling the disparities in Malaysian society."

"It was Tun Razak who introduced the New Economic Policy. He broke away from the apron-strings of the British Commonwealth past and visited Russia and China. The winds of change blew strongly," he said.

Describing the loss as "personal", Dr Mahathir said he owed everything, including his political career, to Razak, who died of leukaemia on Jan 14, 1976. Last Thursday was the 40th anniversary of his death.

Dr Mahathir had a fallout with the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, resulting in his expulsion from Umno in 1969.

However, not only did Razak allow Dr Mahathir to return to the party, he also appointed him a full minister.

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