How does Najib know when it is time to leave his job as Prime Minister of Malaysia? No we are not talking about leaving after a general election when you have lost your two third’s majority. Nor am I talking about when a former Prime Minister is breathing down your neck asking you to leave.
Just the week before you have sat down with Dato Sri Idris Jala, CEO of Pemandu and went through your KPI’s. Your performance is ok but the oomph is gone and you ask yourself if it is time to go.
Here are the things you should ask yourself:
Is there opportunity for personal and professional growth in your present job? Look at Mahathir – stuck in the same job for twenty-two years! Do you want to do that? Is there any prospect for a promotion? To what position? Sultan of Malacca maybe?
You have chosen politics as your career. Does your present job fit into your career plan? Can it be a stepping-stone to something else? Being a millionaire..or even a billionaire perhaps? Any precedent? No not the sons or cronies of Prime Ministers…are there any billionaires PM yet?
Are you satisfied with your job duties? Is your creative outlet being satisfied? Is 1 Malaysia all your own work? Does the people accept it? Are you unhappy with the type of work you are doing? Maybe having to impose the ISA on your own citizens is not that fulfilling a task? Are you getting too much into a routine? Cabinet meetings every week? Hantam the opposition everyday? Lying to the people? Perhaps denying your involvement in Altantuya everyday is becoming a bore? Etc etc…If you are unhappy about your routine day in and day out – maybe it is time to start looking for another job.
Do you dread going to work everyday? Do you dislike going to work every morning with your UTK bodyguards and in a motorcade – with siren wailing? Do you dislike the Police saluting you all the time? Do you dislike traveling around in a Private Plane? Having to meet people who want projects, contracts and handouts from you everyday? Do you dread going to office because there always seems to be a crisis everyday? If the answer is yes most days, then you should consider something else. Life is not worth wasting on a job you do not enjoy doing.
Is your voice heard? Are people listening to what you say? Is your cabinet, your coalition partners, your party members and members of your government just giving you lip service? Are the people with you? You need to feel wanted. You want your ideas to be heard and accepted. If not then you need to consider resigning.
Do you get along with your co-workers? Do you trust your Deputy...that Muhyiddin chap? Are any ex Prime Ministers or Ex President of UMNO going to stab you in the back? Do you get along with Mukhriz? With KJ? Which Ketua Bahagians are your sahabats? Are the warlords in UMNO totally behind you or just biding their time before they replace you with some one else? Working with people you dislike can make your life miserable.
Does your work hours interfere with your family and social life…especially your social life? Do you have to carry your Blackberry 24/7? Do you keep getting calls from Ketua Bahagians and MT members even during dinner? Did you have to cancel your annual holiday because the opposition won the Sibu by elections? Did another death in custody disturbed your Sunday breakfast with Rosmah?
Is getting to work a problem? Do you have time to read the papers on your way to work? Is the traffic too heavy on the way to Putrajaya? Do you have to pay too much toll? If you are spending too much time commuting to work – are you being compensated for it?
Is your country going through another financial crisis? (P.S. Does not matter whether it was you or Mahathir that caused it…just any financial crisis will do!) Do you think the opposition is going to win the coming general elections? You must monitor these things and pay attention to what is going on around you. It is easier to get another job while you still have one – I suggest you apply for a job now before you resign as Prime Minister.
Are you being paid what you think you are worth? In 2009 the Singapore’s Prime Minister's salary was $3.04 million. (Yes I know you get more then that a month…but we are talking about legal income!)
What are the perks after you leave as Prime Minister? Are you getting a Tunship? Will you have immunity from prosecution for crimes errr mistakes made during your regime…err time in office? Can the ISA be used against you when you are no longer Prime Minister? Consider all this and if you think you are underpaid and the perks are not good enough…. renegotiate your terms of employment and ask for the raise you think you deserve – or else look elsewhere for another job…. preferably overseas!
You cannot take into consideration the RM$500 million commission given to Razak Baginda which he may or may not share with you because these are one off payments! Consider them as ‘durian runtuh’ but not as income.
With respect Dato’ Sri may I suggest that money is not the most important thing – job satisfaction is and remember health and happiness far outweigh the value of money…..and Dato' Sri please ask Rosmah to stop laughing in the background!