Tuesday, April 27, 2004

"Fortunate to have Mahathir"


Fortunate to have Mahathir, says PM
27 April, 2004

Kuala Lumpur: Umno paid tribute to former Prime Minister and Umno President Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at a special dinner, here, Monday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was present at the dinner at the Putra World Trade Centre, said in his speech that Dr Mahathir had made much sacrifice for the development of the party and country.

“He is still serving (the country) because it is in his blood to contribute ideas for the development of the country and the Malays in particular,” said Abdullah, who is also acting Umno President.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Umno Sec-Gen Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob and almost all the party leaders as well as more than 2,000 Umno members.

Abdullah said Dr Mahathir had handed over Umno to him when the party was strong and this strength would be preserved.

He said Umno was getting stronger today and this had been proven at the last general election where Umno candidates had won many seats.

“We must manage our success well, just like we manage our failures. When chairing the National Economic Action Council (NEAC), Dr Mahathir used to say that we must find out the reason why certain things happen and thereafter find ways of improving it,” he said.

He said Umno was fortunate because since the party was formed, it had had good leaders who were credible and determined to bring development to the party and the Malays.

The Prime Minister said Umno members should thank Dr Mahathir who had made Umno stronger and more progressive and who had endeavoured to achieve the Vision 2020.

Abdullah called on Umno members to pledge to continue the success achieved by Dr Mahathir and he was confident that this would be the best gift to the country’s fourth PM.

He also thanked Dr Siti Hasmah who had looked after Dr Mahathir and assisted him in administering the country for 22 years.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir, who had led Umno for more than 22 years before his retirement in October last year, in his speech said he was touched by the dinner.

“Actually, tonight is meaningful as this is the first time I get to meet Umno leaders after the recent general election,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said the election results also proved that Abdullah was a good leader who was capable of creating a brighter future for the country.

“When I wanted to step down, many people said that if I was not around, the Barisan Nasional (BN) would not get a landslide victory but I knew this was not true,” he said.

Stating that the BN had won 90 per cent of seats it contested, he joked: “If I had known this, I would have stepped down sooner”.

“The results clearly show that the rakyat support my successor and I hope Umno will continue to improve. I have no advice for Umno leaders facing party elections soon, but just a reminder that the party is bigger than the individual. Whatever we do, ensure that we prioritise the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khalil said during Dr Mahathir’s leadership of Umno from June 16, 1981 to Oct 31, 2003, the membership numbers rose from 872,796 to 2.81 million.

The number of divisions also rose from 114 to 191 and branches from 5,870 to 19,000 he said, adding that “in his time, Umno also penetrated Sabah in 1991 with 74,625 members”.

He added that by 2003, the number of Sabah Umno members had risen to 431,418.- Bernama

"My aim to hand over strong Umno"

Abdullah: My aim to hand over strong Umno

New Straits Times
Abdullah: My aim to hand over strong Umno
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
Section: Nation

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Acting Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said tonight he hoped to hand over a strong Umno to his successor, just like what former president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had done.

The Prime Minister expressed this intention at an appreciation dinner hosted by the party for Dr Mahathir at the Putra World Trade Centre here. "God had fulfilled Dr Mahathir's wish to hand over a strong party to his successor.
"Umno today is a strong and respected party. This was proven in the last general election where Umno candidates won many seats.

"When the time ...

Saturday, April 24, 2004

`Steer clear of graft during party polls'

`Steer clear of graft during party polls'

Patrick Sennyah; Azura Abbas
New Straits Times
`Steer clear of graft during party polls'
Byline: Patrick Sennyah; Azura Abbas
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
Section: Nation

KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Prime Minister and acting Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today reminded members to stay clear of all forms of corruption during the impending branch, divisional and national-level party elections.

Branch elections will be held from June 1 to June 30 and divisional elections from July 8 to July 22.
Abdullah also launched Umno Election Guidelines 2004 - a book on the do's and dont's during the party elections.

"(With this book), I hope there will be no confusion or problems at ...

Monday, April 19, 2004

`No room for arrogance, conceit'

`No room for arrogance, conceit'

New Straits Times
`No room for arrogance, conceit'
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
Section: Nation

ALOR STAR, Sun. - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he did not want to see Barisan Nasional component party members becoming arrogant and conceited following the coalition's resounding victory in the general election.

Abdullah said the BN victory should, instead, be seen as an indication of the huge responsibility of the elected representatives to the people.
"There must not be any arrogance and conceit because it can lead us to forget that with the victory comes more work for us to do," Abdullah said at the Kedah BN thanksgiving feast here today.

The feast, held at ...

Sunday, April 18, 2004

"I don't know who will be hauled up next. I don't have the list"

Let ACA do its job, says Abdullah

New Straits Times
Let ACA do its job, says Abdullah
Edition: New Sunday Times; 2*
Section: Nation

BANGI, Sat. - "I don't know who will be hauled up next. I don't have the list," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said when asked who would be the next prominent person to be charged with corruption.

He said he would leave it to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to do its work.
"The ACA does its work and the results show how serious it is," he added.

"They (ACA) don't do work on the premise that, `Oh, let's give the Government a good image so let's start catching everybody'.

"I know the public has its perception, but we don't act based on perception. I have told the ...

Saturday, April 17, 2004

"Order to wipe out hard-core poverty in 5 years"


Order to wipe out hard-core poverty in 5 years
17 April, 2004

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday instructed the Finance Ministry to give serious attention to tackle hardcore poverty and problems besieging low-income earners.

Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, ordered his Ministry staff to eradicate hardcore poverty in five years.

Besides ensuring the country’s economy was managed prudently, poverty among the people should not be ignored as it was an obligation, he said when speaking at the Ministry’s monthly assembly.

“We must work seriously (to eliminate poverty), it is an obligation that must be pursued vigorously to wipe out poverty because poverty can lead to loss of faith. It’s our obligation and struggle to eradicate poverty,” he said.

Abdullah said the Government had always provided facilities for the poor and low-income earners to increase their earnings to lead a better life.

Abdullah also urged the Ministry staff to support sectors that could help stimulate economic growth.

He singled out agriculture as one sector with great potential to contribute significantly to the national economy apart from creating new avenues for additional income for the people.

“We must have strategies and programmes to generate activities that can stimulate the economy. Sectors with promising growth prospects like agriculture must be supported strongly,” he said.

Abdullah said the manpower aspect must also be given serious emphasis in efforts to create a learned younger generation.

“The manpower sector should be given attention because we want our younger generation to acquire skills so that they can contribute to the country’s development,” he added. - Bernama

Friday, April 9, 2004

Islam Hadhari

Spread of Islam Hadhari

New Straits Times
Spread of Islam Hadhari
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
Section: Nation

THE plan to spread progressive Islam or Islam Hadhari in the country is gathering momentum, with ministers, senior civil servants, other members of the administration being the first target group.

The New Straits Times understands that after that phase, booklets will be produced in an attempt to reach out to the public. Also under consideration is a plan to include elements of Islam Hadhari in the school curriculum.
These and other ideas were discussed by a committee to promote Islam Hadhari at a meeting yesterday. Committee members include Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad, Minister in the Prime Minister's ...

Monday, April 5, 2004

"Indians must rise to the occasion"

Indians must rise to the occasion

Dr A. Soorian
New Straits Times
Indians must rise to the occasion
Byline: Dr A. Soorian
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
Section: Letters
Type: Letter

DURING his recent interview with the BBC, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi highlighted his Government's resolve to assist the Indian community raise itself out of poverty and social problems. He said he had approved a RM20 million allocation for this purpose.

It is now up to the Indian community to rise to the occasion and make proper use of the assistance. For a community that comprises eight per cent of the population and is responsible for 40 per cent of the crimes committed, the Indians have created an unenviable record.
Education is ...