Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I Will Not Stay Longer Than I Should, Says Abdullah

2 signs of resignation soon? Perth is imminent.

April 07, 2008 22:23 PM

I Will Not Stay Longer Than I Should, Says Abdullah

KOTA KINABALU, April 7 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday he would not stay longer than he should as prime minister.

"I would retire one day but I could not leave in this kind of political scenario. I will retire one day, of course. I'm not going to stay longer than I should.

"But there are certain things that I like to do now. I cannot leave at a time when the party is in this condition.

I cannot leave at a time when we are preparing for the implementation of development projects. We have already promised the people. We will do it.

"I'm not going to stay on for years. Certainly not," the prime minister told reporters after meeting Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders here.

Abdullah was asked whether he had a date in mind on when he would retire after having named Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as his successor.

The prime minister said Sunday Najib was his successor and that they had no problems between them.

On naming Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as his successor, Abdullah said in jest: "Of course.

Are you in doubt that you have to ask me again?" "Datuk Seri Najib understands me more than you can understand me. I am not going to stay on for years. Certainly not," he added.

Abdullah also thanked Sabahans for having given the mandate to the BN in last month's general election.

"I wish to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations and thanks to everyone and the chief minister (Datuk Seri Musa Aman) for the cooperation in the BN which led to the big victory in the general election," he said.

Leaders of the eight Sabah BN component parties had expressed their appreciation to Abdullah for having listened to their views and having agreed to consider their requests made at the meeting with him.

They also expressed support for Abdullah as the BN chairman.


Malaysia's government blueprint for political succession grows clearer
The Associated Press

Published: April 7, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has endorsed his deputy as his likely successor, despite insisting that he has no plans to resign soon following an election fiasco.

Abdullah identified Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday as his probable successor in line with the ruling party's tradition of political succession. It was the first time Abdullah has clearly identified a successor.

On Monday, Najib thanked Abdullah, saying he was "touched and grateful" for the endorsement. He made his remarks to reporters who sought his reaction, according to an aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.

The comments by Malaysia's top two politicians could help ease uncertainty in the ruling United Malays National Organization party about its future leadership. Most senior officials have pledged loyalty to Abdullah, but some members are openly calling on him to step down.

Abdullah is facing much of the blame for crippling setbacks suffered by his National Front ruling coalition in March 8 general elections. The coalition, led by Abdullah's Malay party, lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament as well as control of five state legislatures.

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has led demands for Abdullah's resignation, while a ruling party lawmaker, Razaleigh Hamzah, has indicated he will try to challenge Abdullah for the party presidency in balloting scheduled for December.

Although Najib is now the party's deputy president and would typically be considered the front-runner to succeed Abdullah, speculation has intensified that other politicians, including International Trade Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, might try to overtake him.

The president and his deputy in the ruling party traditionally also take up the top two posts in the federal government. Abdullah took office in October 2003 after being hand-picked by Mahathir, who retired after 22 years in power.

Abdullah told reporters Sunday that he had no problem with Najib being regarded as his successor, stressing that they had a good working relationship. Abdullah, 68, did not give any timeframe for when he might leave office.

"I will know when to go, but give me a chance to implement what I have promised," he said.

Abdullah is also facing a potential threat from a three-party opposition alliance, which now holds 82 of the 222 seats in Parliament. Opposition leaders have said that some National Front lawmakers might defect to their side, despite repeated denials by coalition officials.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Blame Everyone

Blame Mahathir

"Tun Dr Mahathir said he was strong, but he has misused that strength. When Barisan Nasional (BN) won big in the 2004 general election, he said (BN was) too strong, not good, needed to have opposition."

"In the recent elections when the opposition did well (winning 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats), we thought he would be celebrating, but he hit out at us instead. Why? "You shouldn't win too many (seats) then, and now you shouldn't win a few?," said Abdullah.

Asked whether he would fight head on with Dr Mahathir based on the tone of his statement, Abdullah said: I say what I only need to say, and don't say what I don't need to."

Abdullah said he was aware that the people wanted him to start addressing issues that were important to them so that Umno would remain strong and have the people's confidence.

He also refuted the claim by some quarters that he was a softy and left all the decisions to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Under my leadership, they say there is no freedom, but at the same say that I am 'lembik' (soft). Scared of the 'si lembik' (the softy)?

"The rest are all stupid, only Khairy is clever," he said, referring to Dr Mahathir's accusation that Abdullah allowed himself to be influenced by his son- in-law in running the country and in making decisions.

"This accusation is baseless," he said, adding that when Dr Mahathir was prime minister, the government imposed certain restrictions like asking the press not to use the pictures of former prime minister, the late Tun Hussein Onn.

On the offer by Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to contest the Umno president's post in the party elections in December, with the aim of restoring Umno, Abdullah said the Kelantan Umno leader needed to look at himself first and why BN failed to wrest the state from PAS.

Blame Ku Li

"Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh) should look at himself, as he was the cause of Kelantan falling into the hands of PAS. While PAS ruled Kelantan, he did once tried to win back the state for BN but he failed." Kelantan fell to PAS in 1990 by cooperating with Semangat 46 led by Tengku Razaleigh then. In the 2004 general election, BN almost wrest back the state when it won 21 of the 45 state seats and one more seat when it won the Pengkalan Pasir by-election in 2005. Abdullah said he had also been informed that Tengku Razaleigh did not assist BN in the March 8 general election.

Blame Anwar

On former deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was sacked from the party in 1998 and was trying to make a political comeback, Abdullah said Anwar could wait all he liked.

"He may be the Prime Minister-in-waiting but I'm the leader of today," he stressed.

He also pointed out that when Anwar was the country's number two he (Anwar) too tried to control the media in terms of what came out on TV and in print.

Blame Saboteurs

Abdullah, who is also the Prime Minister, said based on the party's analysis, several of the seats concerned were `white' or safe areas which should have been won and thus allowing the BN to win with the two-third majority.

He said the BN would also not have lost Kedah and Perak if there had been no acts of sabotage against the coalition in the 22 state constituencies concerned.

He said if there had been no acts of sabotage which had robbed BN of victory in the 14 parliamentary constituencies, the BN would have won the general election with a more than two-third majority, he said at a press conference after attending a briefing session with the Umno president which was attended by the party's information machinery at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here Sunday.

Asked why there were members who had sabotaged candidates from their own party, he declined comment.

Abdullah said that at the moment, there was no need for him to state the reasons why the members had acted in such a manner but he would give the information needed to the Umno Disciplinary Committee for appropriate action to be taken.

"The action taken by these members were most regrettable," he said, stressing that the BN victory in the last general election (by winning 140 of the 222 parliamentary seats) showed that the people still wanted him and the BN to continue efforts in developing the country.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

PM denies rumours that he will quit. and hehe...we shall wait tomorrow, fingers-crossed ;-)

Bah, coming from him, we all know what it means. No dissolve Parliament, dissolve Parliament the next day. No Jean Danker marriage, Jean Danker marriage the next day. Just to name a few lar! Check out his track records of flip-flop in this blog, here.


April's Fool came in late at the Compendium?

Stay focused tomorrow. You'll never know. ;-)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Yet Another Abdullah Badawi's 'Orchestrated' Interview on RTM1*, TV3, ntv7, 8TV 9.30 p.m. Later

His last words: 'I will address and give attention to our weaknesses, unfairness, and the delay in implementing projects. Secondly, I will ensure the country will be safe again. I will also develop the country. I will not run away from responsibilities. Even though we lost 2/3 majority, but we still have a large majority to implement the blablabla." Oh Mein Got!

Those who missed the pre-recorded 1/2 hour interview, you're in luck. It is nothing new.


*As usual, RTM1 is the last to air the pre-recorded interview, almost 20 minutes after Media Prima stations aired it.


MCA, Gerakan and MIC's failure? "Your business," he said! He really doesn't know how to answer a question!


Oh Mein Got! He is still harping on the dinosaur-age slogan 'Selamat. Aman. Makmur'!


The interview must be recorded quite long ago. He said that the Federal mega-projects in Barisan Rakyat-controlled states will still be carried out despite Penang UMNO's threat to pull all the projects out.


All the Media Prima stations are airing the pre-recorded interview now. The power of the 4th floor boys.

Achtung! This is your leader speaking!

"My Son and SIL Never Get Government Projects" again?

Or "Mukhriz gets more projects than Khairy; he has no position to ask me to resign"?

All will be revealed on 9.30 p.m. later.

More quotes will be available on this blog later!

Monday, March 10, 2008

"Why should I step down?"

Abdullah sworn in as PM for second term
Mar 10, 08 11:46am

A defiant Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn for a second term as Malaysian prime minister today, rejecting calls to quit after presiding over the ruling coalition's worst ever election results.

Dressed in a traditional costume and matching "songkok", Abdullah was sworn in by the Agong in a solemn ceremony at the royal palace in Kuala Lumpur.

Also attending were his heir apparent, deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, and other senior ministers.

Abdullah's coalition was mauled in Saturday's election, losing its crucial two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time since 1969 and conceding four states to the resurgent opposition, which now controls five in all.

Voters punished the government for rising inflation and its mishandling of racial tensions, leading to a backlash from Malaysia's minority ethnic Chinese Indians as well as Muslim Malays who form its powerbase.

But Abdullah told supporters he would not quit.

To continue the struggle

"Why should I step down?" he told a cheering crowd outside his home late Sunday. "Our party has won. I do not fear anyone except Allah. I will stay on, I will not give up.

"We have to continue our struggle, our agenda is far from over. We want our country to be progressive and successful and for you, the people, to be happy," he added.

Abdullah's task now is to form a new government under the Barisan Nasional coalition, dominated by his Umno.

"I give you my word, ladies and gentlemen, that I will continue my efforts to strengthen Umno and Barisan Nasional, to launch the manifesto that we have promised so that our country will be safe, peaceful and properous," he said.

Veteran leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for two decades before handing power to Abdullah as his chosen successor in 2003, accused the prime minister of "destroying" the coalition and led calls for his resignation.

"I think he should accept responsibility for this. He should accept 100 percent responsibility," Mahathir said Sunday.

"I am sorry, but I apparently made the wrong choice."

However there was support for Abdullah from abroad, with the United States signalling it was ready to keep up close cooperation with the government and saying he remained a viable partner.

"We have seen the preliminary election results and we look forward to working closely with Prime Minister Abdullah's government on a wide range of issues of mutual interest," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper told AFP.

Stunning comeback

Meanwhile the opposition, led by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim - who has made a stunning political comeback after his sacking and jailing a decade ago - was getting down to business.

The opposition parties - Anwar's PKR, the Chinese-based DAP and the Islamic party PAS - won an unprecedented four states in the polls.

PAS also extended its margin in northern Kelantan state, which it already held by a thin majority.

State media said PAS would appoint chief ministers in Kedah while a DAP figure will preside in Penang and a PKR chief minister will run Selangor and Perak.

Anwar said late Sunday that the coalition parties would be able to put aside their ideological differences and govern effectively.

He said they would "focus on the economic issue and trying to resolve some of the problems affecting the masses, particularly in the issue of poverty and the normal needs of an average citizen.

"What was promised will be enforced with the best of ability."

Anwar is banned from holding public office until April due to a conviction for corruption, and had said before the vote that he would enter parliament in a by-election in a Keadilan-held seat.

However, he said there were no immediate plans to do that as he had a full workload rallying the newly-elected Keadilan lawmakers.

"I'm not rushed to prepare for a by-election," he added. (-AFP)

He's not the one who says `Babah (daddy), please accept this and I accept it"

Talk is cheap. He should have advised his SIL from running for office. Moreover, by the dirtiest way.

March 10, 2008 23:03 PM

PM Reiterates Khairy Has No Influence On Him

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today reiterated strongly that Khairy Jamaluddin had never been an influence in whatever he has done or decision he has made.

"Khairy is not an influence in whatever I do. He's the Umno Youth vice-head, and he has his idea about anything.

"There may be some coincidence that he speaks about the same policy and not because the policy is what he has promoted, it's a policy of the government," the Prime Minister told newsmen at the Umno Headquarters, here.

He added that as an Umno member, it was a duty for Khairy to know policies of the government and talk about it.

"It doesn't mean that when we talk about the policy, it means that it's the policy he suggested," he said when commenting on a statement made by his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday alleging that Khairy was responsible for the major defeat suffered by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the just-concluded general election.

The Umno president said what happened to Khairy was due to the misperception based on the fact that the latter was the son-in-law of the Prime Minister.

"He's not the one who says `Babah (daddy), please accept this and I (Abdullah) accept it, and this one you (Abdullah) must do. He doesn't do that.

"This is a perception, I think it's a wrong perception and I pity Khairy for that kind of perception that happened on his goal, and his relationship with me as son-in-law and father-in-law," he said. The Prime Minister said Khairy was a person who spoke openly and had actively voiced out his opinion as many had heard during the Umno general assembly. "Anybody is free to give opinions, anybody is free to give views, and Khairy, like anybody else, speaks openly and statements do come out in the Press," said Abdullah.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

"I don't see it that way (vote of no confidence on the government)"

As The Sleepy Head approaches his final days, his darndest quotes and flowery slogans will be part of the history...

From Malaysiakini:

Pak Lah to meet King on Monday to form gov’t - 2.25am

In a live TV broadcast caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he will seek an audience with the Yang di Pertuan Agong on Monday to form the next federal government following BN’s simple majority win in the 12th general elections.

To a reporter’s question on whether the BN coalition would be denied its two-thirds majority in Parliament, Abdullah said: “This is what the people want if they do not want us to have a two-thirds majority.”

When asked whether the massive lost by BN was a vote of no confidence on the government, he said, "I don't see it that way."

He also denied speculations that he would step down as PM in the wake of BN's disastrous performance.

"I don't know who is being pressured (to step down). I'm not resigning," he told reporters at a press conference at the BN operations centre at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

"My four years not a failure"; Look who's talking now!

Just last Tuesday seems to be like eons ago...

"I don't know. I was not involved" again?

Monday, March 3, 2008

"We are not asleep for we are working"

Like what Rocky said:

Mahathir used to be called many terrible names: dictator, strongman, an anti-Semite, draconian, mamak. But they never could insult him like this.

What a disgrace for Malaysia! We don't deserve to be stuck with a leader like this! Vote him out!

Seeking re-election, Malaysia's leader denies sleeping on the job

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia's prime minister rejected critics' claims Monday that he deserved to lose in this week's general election for being a poor leader who sleeps on the job.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi insisted that his time in office since October 2003 has "not been a time of failure, but of success," citing steady economic growth and bolstered job opportunities under his government.

Opposition officials have urged voters not to hand Abdullah another five-year mandate in Saturday's general election, claiming that crime, corruption and racial and religious tensions have mounted because of his weak leadership.

"We are not deaf for we hear what the people say," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the national news agency, Bernama. "We are not asleep for we are working."

Opposition rivals have accused Abdullah of being a "sleeping prime minister" who dozes off at Cabinet meetings, while anti-government Web sites have circulated photographs of him yawning or bowing his head with his eyes closed at political gatherings.

Abdullah, speaking while campaigning in northern Penang state, acknowledged that "problems will be there," but pledged his administration would try to resolve any grievances. Abdullah's National Front ruling coalition is expected to retain power but with a lower parliamentary majority.

Aides traveling with Abdullah could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Cash-strapped opposition leaders meanwhile said they have been seeking donations through the Internet for the first time for their election campaign, but that they cannot match the National Front's massive spending power.

The Democratic Action Party's candidates have pleaded on Web sites and online journals for supporters to contribute funds through credit cards and bank transfers to help them print campaign posters and hold public forums, party official Tony Pua said Monday.

One of the party's candidates, Jeff Ooi, has secured about 113,000 ringgit (US$35,000; €23,000) from readers of his Web journal.

Hatta Ramli, treasurer of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said online donations were nevertheless still insufficient, adding that government candidates have been "very much advanced in the number of campaign posters and banners that they can afford to put up."

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Responsibility to aid every Malaysian, says PM

MYT 6:26:49 PM

Responsibility to aid every Malaysian, says PM

KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi acknowledged that he would fail his responsibility as a good Muslim leader if he deprives non-Muslims in the country equal opportunities and quality education.

Citing versus from the Quran, Abdullah said it’s his paramount onus as a Muslim head of state to witness non-Muslims develop under his leadership.

“Even Prophet Muhammad ensured that minorities under his care were not deprived during his era, even though they were not Muslims.

“My responsibility is to aid every Malaysian regardless of their religion, and quality education should also reach Chinese and Tamil schools,” he said Saturday when addressing some 2,000 Islamic scholars and teachers at Wisma Darul Iman here.

Abdullah said the needs of minorities and non-Muslims should not be ignored by Muslim leaders.

“They should listen and provide the necessary remedies; that is a good leadership professed by Islam,” he said.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Opposition Envies BN's Success"

Abdullah: Opposition Envies BN's Success

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi speaking at a gathering of “The Leader With The People” in Kuala Kedah. Pix: Josmani Salleh

ALOR STAR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) has become the target for slanders by the opposition parties which are envious of its success in administering the country and getting support from the majority of the people, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Prime Minister said that following the increasingly strong support for the BN, those who were envious of the coalition had made up all kind of stories so that supporters of its component parties would quarrel among themselves.

"They (opposition) make up various stories so that we are suspicious of each other which leads to chaos, quarrels and eventually we become weak," he said when speaking at a gathering of `The Leader With The People' in Kuala Kedah, here today.

He said they spread lies saying that the Malays and the Chinese were not supporting each other and made use of the illegal group Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) to ask Malaysians not to support the BN and MIC.

"The opposition parties hope that by making up these stories they can influence the people to support them when the BN is divided," Abdullah said.

Abdullah said the opposition had been making wild allegations all this while using various ways but the people still supported the BN.

"The opposition must realise why. They know, but pretend not to know although the BN had led Malaysia to become the most developed country among the developing nations in the world," he said.

Abdullah said the people realised that it was only through the BN that the political parties and minority groups in this country could work together.

"Who dares to say that his race is not developed or that they are always at the losing end ever since the BN ruled the country more than 50 years," said the Prime Minister.

"Praise be to God that we have achieved success (in many areas). So who dares to say that his community's wealth and assets have not increased over the years "But success does not come easy while the country will never be peaceful if its people are plagued by suffering and hardship.

"I have never said that we have done everything and that everything is perfect, but the situation in Malaysia has improved and the BN government will continue to implement welfare programmes."

Abdullah said if the poverty level had been 10 percent previously, it had now gone down to 5.7 percent.

"We cannot deny that this is another success. If there are no more hardcore poor people and everything is alright, then we don't need the programme to eradicate poverty by 2010."

He stressed that the poverty-eradication programme covered all races in both rural and urban areas.

The government would continue with this programme for as long as there were poor people because human beings could turn agnostic due to abject poverty, he said.


What success? Something like these, depicted in the poster by Mob1900?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Abdullah works till late to finalise candidates list

Awww....poor thing, he loses his precious sleep time....zzzzz.z..z....z....

Abdullah works till late to finalise candidates list

PUTRAJAYA: It has been late nights for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi this past week, finalising the general election candidates’ list.

His bedtime has been past 1am daily and until yesterday evening, the full list could not be finalised, he said.

“We (including Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) have a lot of work to do to choose the best candidates to contest in the general election.

It’s an honour: Abdullah shaking hands with members of the Malay Chamber of Commerce in Putrajaya Thursday as the chamber’s president Syed Ali Alattas (right) introduces them.
“I have to meet Mentris Besar and component party leaders to finalise the parliamentary and state seats everyday,” he said, adding that the process was taking a long time as there were many factors to be considered before making a final decision.

Abdullah was addressing hundreds of members of the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia at a special function to declare their support for him, at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here yesterday.

He said he told Najib he had to take some time off to attend the event and would continue with the meetings with Mentris Besar after the event.

Abdullah also said that after asking elected representatives to submit report cards on their performance, it was his turn to provide a progress report on his performance during his tenure as Prime Minister.

“MPs and those in the administration have given me their reports cards for me to gauge their performance.

“I, as the Prime Minister, will also give a progress report of the nation since 2004,” he said.

He, however, did not state when he would make his progress report public.

Expressing his delight over seeing so many Malay entrepreneurs and industrialists in Malaysia compared to many years back, Abdullah hoped there would be more entrepreneurs.

He also advised the entrepreneurs to create more job opportunities for others irrespective of race and religion.

Abdullah added that the country also needed more academicians to build the country as well as educate the younger generation.

Repeating some of the achievements of the country, Abdullah said the Gross Domestic Product had increased by 18% from RM427bil in 2004 to RM504bil last year.

“We also received a record 21 million tourists last year in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year while international trade increased by 26% from RM881bil in 2004 to RM1.113 trillion last year.

Abdullah Gives Report Card On Progress Made From 2004 To 2007

Abdullah Gives Report Card On Progress Made From 2004 To 2007

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- With the elected representatives having given their report cards to the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that it was now his turn to give a report card to citizens on the progress made by the country from 2004 to 2007.

"Parliament members have to give me report cards on their performance. I as the Prime Minister of a government given the mandate by the people, am also responsible to give a report card on the progress achieved by the nation from 2004 to 2007," he said.

He said this at the Solidarity Assembly with members of the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) held at the Putrajaya Convention Centre here.

Abdullah said the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 18 per cent from RM427 billion in 2004 to RM504 billion last year.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) is going to the polls on March 8 to get a new mandate from the people after having been voted in by a landslide victory in the 2004 election.

Abdullah said the GPP increase involved all sectors, including modern agriculture, biotechnology and Islamic banking.

The nation recorded 21 million tourist arrivals last year in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year programme, he said.

International trade, he said, increased by 26 per cent from RM881 billion in 2004 to RM1.113 trillion last year.

Mean household income also increased from RM3,249 to RM3,617 during the period, he added.

The Prime Minister said the government also spent RM43.4 billion in subsidising essential goods so that their prices remained at an affordable range for the people.

He said the transformation programme undertaken for government-linked-companies (GLCs) had also succeeded in increasing their profitability with shareholders getting better returns on their investments in them.

Over 204,000 small-and-medium enterprises were also created since 2005 involving the giving out loans totalling RM107 billion, he said.

Bursa Malaysia's Composite Index, he said, reached an all time high after it increased by 161 per cent with market capitalisation rising from RM460 billion in 2003 to RM1.2 trillion last year.

Abdullah said the country's fiscal deficit was reduced from five per cent of the GDP in 2003 to 3.2 per cent of the GDP last year.

"Malaysia's foreign reserves also increased by 120 per cent from USD40 billion to USD101 billion," he said.

He said recognition of Malaysia in the global competitiveness index also improved from 25th position to 21st place.

Other examples, he said, would be spelt out one by one later so that the people were aware of the successes made by the government.

All these successes served to add value to those that had been achieved earlier, he said.

"Of the successes that we have inherited all this while, we add value to them. We add value to our services, products and to ourselves. This is everybody's role," he said.

In the government's effort to give rise to more bumiputera entrepreneurs and industrialists, Abdullah gave the commitment to implement programmes for the purpose more vigorously, not only to increase the numbers but also ensure quality.

He said that there had been a notable increase of their numbers now compared to before.

"During the time of Merdeka (Independence), in Kepala Batas there were only two Bumiputera businessmen. One opened a restaurant and the other a grocery store," he said.

Abdullah said it was not necessary to ask that Bumiputeras be helped in the direction (become entrepreneurs)as it was the government's responsibility to do so.

"No obstacle is insurmountable. Opportunities that come, we must grab them to get ahead," he added.


Monday, February 18, 2008

"First Class Grapes and First Class Apples"

From Doc Mave:

Of Sour Grapes and Green Apples

Malaysian Prime Minister said yesterday that it is not fair to compare Malaysia with Singapore.


"It is like comparing "First-class Grapes" with "First-class Apple".

"We are a population of over 20 million and we rank 8th in the world in terms of our competitiveness."

"I am not telling you lies. This statistic is from an international survey."

"Everywhere I go, the business community tells me that Malaysia is doing very well. These people are smart. You cannot fool them because they are well-read."

"Please trust us - we are your government."

""Nobody is happy to see prices rising but this is out of our control."

"The private sector is dominated by the Chinese and I want to say a big 'thank you' to the community for creating so many job opportunities." [unquote]

Grapes and Apple? We are grapes, they are apple?

I think it's more of Rats and Lions.

This is the year of the Rat; so using the analogy of Rat is more appropriate.

I always thought a bigger population will create a greater mass and greater domestic consumption which can fuel the economy. This is why the USA economy had thrived; largely on greater domestic consumption. But America's economy thrived on innovation and creativity, and attracting foreign investments to the tune of trillions of dollars, due to the laissez-faire doctrine. Malaysia thrived on Crony-Capitalism and Kautimism. Singapore had no natural resources except human capitals, and they thrived on trade and financial services. Most of all, Singapore invested their national funds in the global economy, buying good companies and generating billions of profit from these investments. This, we had failed, and failed miserably.

Grapes? Ya, sour grapes! The apple remains green...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

"I am a Malay but I am a prime minister of all races

Oi, udahlah. Dah cukup dah! Meluak aku dengar dia cakap ulang-ulang kali ni. Kepada cik adik dan mat siber yang tengah baca ni, kalo hang masih tak muntah lepas baca blog ni (aku pun dah mula muntah dah dengan panji-panji semua ni), pi hantuk kepala ko dengan tukul.

Abdullah: It is my duty to be honest and fair to everyone

PENANG: I am a Malay but I am a prime minister of all races – that was Prime Minster Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's message to the people.

Speaking at a dialogue session with the Chinese community at the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) yesterday, the premier said as a Muslim, it was his duty to be “honest and fair” to everyone regardless of their race or religion.

“The Quran tells us to always have integrity and this is something I will never forget. As a Muslim, I will one day meet my Maker and He (Allah) will ask me what I have done as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

“I cannot lie because God is all-knowing,” he said, adding that he had friends from all communities.

“Until today, my Indian and Chinese school friends are very close to me and we have never had an argument. Similarly, in the Government, I am friends with leader representatives from various communities because we are satu hati (united) and have a common mind and objective.

Festive greetings: (From left) Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Penang Chinese Town Hall chairman Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong, Abdullah and Dr Koh wishing Happy New Year to participants of the dialogue session with the Chinese community at the Penang Chinese Town Hall yesterday.
“Let me tell you honestly, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon Tsu Koon is my good friend. And when (Datuk Seri) Ong Ka Ting, (Datuk Seri Dr) Lim Keng Yaik or Tsu Koon ask me for help, I never say no.

“When Ka Ting asked me to solve issues relating to Chinese schools, I immediately picked up the phone and asked (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin to look into the problem. We want all our children to have access to good quality education, to become good friends and good Malaysians,” he said.

The Barisan chairman noted that it was not enough for the children to be pandai (smart) as they also needed to have good hearts.

“Today we have 100% literacy in the country and it is time to focus on developing human values. We must add value and quality to the success we have achieved in the last 50 years otherwise we cannot progress. That is what I want for the future,” he said, adding that since he became Prime Minister in 2003, the country has been peaceful.

“Of course there are minor misunderstandings. Sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit, what more when we are a multi-racial society.

“What is important is that we are willing to talk and solve our problems together,” he added.

In his speech, Dr Koh said the Barisan Nasional realises that it was a government elected “by and for people.”

“We take into account all the various views and wishes when formulating policies.”