One important effect of the March 8, 2008 elections was that it forced the BN government in Putrajaya into crisis management. That became the responsibility of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he replaced Tun Abdullah Badawi as Umno president and as Malaysia’s Prime Minister in April 2009.
No doubt, such a situation meant that federal policies under Najib were formulated and implemented more with electoral gains than nation building in mind. But certain important things did change between the late Abdullah period and the early Najib period.
For starters, the rhetoric of the government became more conciliatory and the behaviour of top leaders became less provocative.
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