Monday, November 28, 2005

PM Orders Independent Inquiry on Squatgate

This is the assurance given by the Prime Minister of Malaysia: "Malaysia has given an assurance that there is no policy against Chinese visitors to the country."

“We encourage them (Chinese tourist, including the beautiful women) to come. We want them to come,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said there was no policy against Chinese tourists and businessmen and they were welcome to visit the country.

Abdullah said: “If there had been incidents involving some Chinese nationals, caused by a government official – whether by an immigration officer or a police officer – we apologise for that.”

“But these people and their actions certainly do not represent the entire service or the attitude of the Government towards Chinese visitors who come to Malaysia, for whatever purpose,” he stressed.

The assurance came following several incidents involving Chinese nationals and a recent video clip which showed a naked woman doing ear squats while in police custody.

Prime Minister, Abdullah calls for an immediate probe into the incident, with no cover-ups.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

"Enough talk, more action"

Enough talk, more action, says Abdullah

Manja Ismail
New Straits Times
11-27-2005
Enough talk, more action, says Abdullah
Byline: Manja Ismail
Edition: New Sunday Times

ENOUGH talk, let's see more action. That was the message from Prime

Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to Commonwealth leaders
regarding human capital development.

The Prime Minister told the executive session of the Commonwealth Heads

of Governments Meeting here that the Commonwealth Secretariat had to take

the necessary measures to implement human capital development in poor and

developing member countries. He said the programmes must unearth skilled

workers and impart knowledge, especially in the field of science and

technology.



Thursday, November 24, 2005

"NEP stays, machinery to be improved"

NEP stays, machinery to be improved

Chok Suat Ling; Sheridan Mahavera; R. Sonia
New Straits Times
11-24-2005
NEP stays, machinery to be improved
Byline: Chok Suat Ling; Sheridan Mahavera; R. Sonia
Edition: Main/Lifestyle
Memo: Dewan Rakyat

THE New Economic Policy will continue to be needed as long as there

exists economic disparity among the races in the country, the Prime
Minister said.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the economic gulf between

Bumiputeras and non-Bumiputeras was still wide.

"For every ringgit earned by a Bumiputera, a non-Bumiputera will get

RM1.80.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

PM Sees Red Over Red Tape

PM SEES RED OVER RED TAPE

Farrah Naz Karim
New Straits Times
11-23-2005
PM SEES RED OVER RED TAPE (HL)
Byline: Farrah Naz Karim
Edition: Main/Lifestyle

PUTRAJAYA, Tues. - The famously slow, sluggish process of form- filling

and queuing at government service counters came in for a real dressing
down today - from none other than the Prime Minister himself.

"Things need to be improved... we are not using typewriters now but

computers. This should make them (government agencies) efficient," Datuk

Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

He said there was no excuse for the agencies not to have an efficient

delivery system as the Government had invested greatly in equipping them

with up-to-date technology.