Thursday, September 15, 2005

"Graft crackdown on track"

Malaysian leader says graft crackdown on track, but businesses call for more

AP Worldstream
Dateline: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysia's prime minister says his crackdown on corruption is beginning to yield results, but prominent contractors say they still have to pay lots of bribes to do business with the government, news reports said Thursday.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told U.S. fund managers during a trip to New York that he remains committed to his campaign to fight corruption. "People believe that I have begun to lose momentum," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper. "I assure you I have not."

Abdullah told Malaysian reporters accompanying him on the trip that his government's move to introduce several punitive and ...