Sunday, October 31, 2004

"I Need More TIme To Fight Graft"

Malaysia's Abdullah says more time needed to fight graft

Kyodo World News Service
Dateline: KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 31
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is unhappy with the progress in his war on corruption and appealed for more time, The New Straits Times reported Sunday.

"Unfortunately, these things take time," he told the daily in an interview to mark his first year in office. "I know that many people will be impatient with that answer but as I have said, the process is ongoing."

When Abdullah, 64, took over the government from former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Oct. 31 last year, he pledged a clean and transparent government.

There were some high profile prosecutions involving a Cabinet minister and a business tycoon ...