Tuesday, February 10, 2004

"Now We Get To Work and Walk The Talk"/"Work With Me, To Work For You" (First Hundred Days)

SPEECH BY
YAB DATO’ SERI ABDULLAH HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
PRIME MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
TO THE CAMBRIDGE FOUNDATION
KUALA LUMPUR GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
10 FEBRUARY 2004, 8.30PM


28. MY FIRST HUNDRED DAYS WAS MY STATEMENT OF INTENT. NOW WE GET TO WORK AND WALK THE TALK. I AM AWARE THAT THERE ARE NOW HIGH EXPECTATIONS FROM MY ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM THE VERY LOW EXPECTATIONS THAT PEOPLE HAD BEFORE I TOOK OFFICE. REALIZING THESE EXPECTATIONS WILL REQUIRE EVERYBODY IN MY ADMINISTRATION TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT. MY CABINET COLLEAGUES, CIVIL SERVANTS AND OTHER POLITICAL LEADERS WILL HAVE TO MAKE GOOD THEIR PROMISE TO WORK WITH ME IN PURSUING THE OBJECTIVES THAT I HAVE SET. I WILL HOLD THEM TO THEIR WORD BECAUSE THE AGENDA THAT HAS BEEN SET IS CONSIDERABLE IN BREADTH AND SCOPE. IT REQUIRES COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND COMBINED EFFORT.


29. WHAT I HAVE SET OUT TO DO IS TO BRING GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. GOVERNMENT SERVES THE PEOPLE AND ITS POLICIES MUST EMPOWER THE PEOPLE WITH OPPORTUNITIES, RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. A GOVERNMENT THAT SERVES THE RAKYAT BETTER EMPOWERS PEOPLE. A BROADER BASE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH WITH RENEWAL IN THE RURAL SECTOR EMPOWERS PEOPLE. ELIMINATING GRAFT AND ENSURING THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT HELD RANSOM TO DISCRETIONARY DELAYS EMPOWERS PEOPLE. MY INVITATION FOR YOU TO WORK WITH ME EMPOWERS YOU. IF OPPORTUNITY AND INCLUSION THROUGH EMPOWERMENT IS WHAT YOU WANT, MY MESSAGE IS SIMPLE: EMPOWER THIS GOVERNMENT TO EMPOWER YOU. BELIEVE IN THIS LEADERSHIP THAT BELIEVES IN YOU. WORK WITH ME, TO WORK FOR YOU.

THANK YOU.

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