Thursday, December 21, 2006

PM dismisses yacht report

Cobra denied after 3 days

Finally, he has arranged his things and time, and ready to announce. Wong, Zubaidah, please go, go, go ...tell All!

As instructed, Wong Chun Wai and Zubaidah wish to inform everybody that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi acknowledged that he was in Turkey but "looking at a yacht had never entered his mind."

"I have never heard of a more ridiculous report. It is totally mengarut (Non-cent non-sense). Where did they get the information from," Abdullah was quoted to have said.

"I intend to ask Hurriyet to carry a correction," Abdullah said.

Rocky's Bru had something to say about it. Here.

In Rocky's opinion, "if Hurriyet had lied about the yacht and Abdullah, a correction and an apology will not be sufficient. IF it had lied about the PM, the Malaysian government should demand that the Turkish government deals severely with the newspaper. This matter involves the integrity of the PM!"

Earlier Posting:

Cobras ship in snake norm

Kobra Yatcilik Turizmve Turizm Ltd Co denied Pak Lah had bought a RM30 mil yacht.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"You want to speak the truth, by all means, I have no problem"

[Bangkok Post interview Dec 12th 2006]

"You want to speak the truth, by all means, I have no problem. You want to tell me something's wrong somewhere, tell me. Tell the leadership the truth. I am happy for people to help me see things that are not doing well," he added.

"The old man practically smashed Khairy's pot of rice"

[Bangkok Post interview Dec 12th 2006]

"I did mention that the old man practically smashed Khairy's pot of rice. That's something I am very sad about . He has sold his interest in ECM Libra (an investment bank group). Sold it at a loss. Now he has some debts to settle," said Abdullah.

"My Son Is Rich"

[Bangkok Post interview Dec 12th 2006]

Abdullah said Kamaluddin worked overseas and got some contracts with Petronas through open international tender and also bought some companies which he wanted because of their engineering and machine-tooling capabilities.

"He does not build the company, he goes for mergers and acquisitions. That's his style of business. Although many people have come and asked him to go into joint ventures with government-linked companies, he says 'No, I have enough money, I am rich'," said Abdullah.

From 'never involved in local companies' to 'got some contracts with Petronas' and 'I have enough money, I am rich'.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

"Govt will not always bail out GLCs"

Paradox of Govt Bailout of GLC

Isn't this interesting?

Prime Minister Abdullah warned GLCs that the government WILL NOT ALWAYS bail them out!

What does it mean? It must mean that: the govt will continue to bail them out, but not so often.

In another words, the govt are prepared to continue to bail out GLCs but their failure must not be so often, repetitive each year so long as someone benefits in their failure - is that right? In PM words, the govt would not allow GLCs to fail and if they fail, the govt MUST help them first and if the govt could not find any reason why they should continue, then only they will be wind up.

So long as the govt can find a reason, no matter how silly it is, the govt will help to bail them out.

I really don't understand what our PM meant. Probably, Raja Petra Kamaruddin can explain better.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

"Government would now consider letting VW own 51 percent of Proton's manufacturing operations"

Germany's Volkswagen in talks to assemble cars in Southeast Asia: reports

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest car maker, is in talks with several parties to secure an assembly plant in Southeast Asia to meet growing demand and strengthen its foothold in the region, reports said Friday.

VW Group Malaysia managing director Axel Barth was quoted by The Star as saying "talks with several parties were ongoing" to get a place for local assembly in the region but declined to give details.

He refused to comment about a possible tie-up with Malaysian national carmaker Proton.

"It is very urgent as we are under-represented" in Southeast Asia, he said in the report. "We feel there are good opportunities here and whenever we have a local assembly, we can have a reasonable market share."

Barth was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying there must be a minimum annual sales of 1,000 cars for VW to consider a tie-up for local assembly. After identifying a partner, he said it could take up to two years before local assembly can begin.

Volkswagen ditched Proton as a possible equity partner early this year after the Malaysians refused to relinquish management control.

But talks were revived after Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last month confirmed the government would now consider letting VW own 51 percent of Proton's manufacturing operations.

Allowing Volkswagen to buy a controlling stake in Proton's manufacturing operations, instead of Proton's holding company, would enable Proton to control sales and distribution while Volkswagen can access Proton's assembly lines.

France's Peugeot SA and local car company Naza Group were other parties interested in an alliance with the beleaguered Proton, which is expected to name a partner early next year.

Government investment arm Khazanah Nasional owns 43 percent of Proton, which is fast losing its market share to local and foreign rivals due to high costs, sagging sales and a lack of new models.

Proton's second-quarter losses widened 62 percent on-year to 250.3 million ringgit (US$69.5 million; €52.7 million) in the quarter ending Sept. 30.

European automakers are attracted to Proton because it has spare capacity to build cars and it gives them a chance to break into Southeast Asia's growing auto market, historically dominated by Japanese rivals.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

"These days, I know things are not good. It is still fragile. It is still brittle"

Report: Malaysian prime minister calls race relations brittle, urges unity

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said race relations in the majority Muslim Southeast Asian nation were still fragile and urged citizens to unite to keep the economy moving, local media reported Thursday.

"Why do we need to fight? Is it not better if we work together for our future?" Abdullah said in a speech late Wednesday, according to the New Straits Times newspaper. "These days, I know things are not good. It is still fragile. It is still brittle."

His comments were widely carried in the nation's top newspapers, and by the national news agency Bernama.

Abdullah's comments follow a series of events this year that appears to threaten carefully-crafted race relations policies — that came after deadly race riots in the 1960s — designed to benefit majority Malays by providing them better opportunities than minority races.

"What we want to achieve can only be realized through the efforts of all Malaysians, not just a select race," the paper quoted him as saying.

Sixty percent of Malaysia's 26 million citizens are Malay. Ethnic Chinese comprise a quarter of the population while Indians make up 10 percent.

Ethnic relations were thrust into the spotlight at last month's general assembly of Abdullah's ruling United Malays National Organization where speakers warned minorities not to undermine Islam's status in the country and the affirmative action policies that benefit Malays through government jobs, contracts, cheaper housing, and other benefits.

UMNO's youth wing leader also brandished — and kissed — a "keris," a traditional Malay dagger. Chinese community leaders said the act had caused uneasiness among the minority because it was also used during the race riots.

The assembly followed a report by a widely-respected independent think tank, which said Malays had already surpassed the equity ownership target set by the government, and called for a review of affirmative action policies.

The suggestion was slammed by Abdullah and other Malay leaders.

Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia's most peaceful and stable countries, and the government promotes the country as a model of racial harmony. There are no immediate fears of any overt tensions, but Abdullah had said the nation is haunted by the specter of race riots that killed hundreds in 1969.

Late Wednesday, Bernama quoted Abdullah as saying the racial undertones that occurred during UMNO's assembly had also occurred elsewhere, and he urged change.

"It can lead to disunity and we do not want that," Abdullah said. "We also don't want only a semblance of unity but with festering undercurrents on the inside," he said, according to Bernama.

Analysts have expressed concern over Malaysia's economic future once its oil wealth runs out and its manufacturing base cools. Malaysia was one of Asia's economic marvels in the 1990s, but its performance and investment figures have since been surpassed by rising powers China, India and other nations.

Monday, December 4, 2006

"Merger will not erode papers' individual identities"

PM on NeST-UM Merger: "Don't Ask Speculative Questions"

"Don't question my noble intentions", "Don't ask speculative questions", "My family are clean", "I don't know"...what else is new?

[Source: theSun 5th December, 2006, pg.2]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

"Non-Malays and non-Muslims should not fear the fiery speeches at UMNO general assembly"

Do Not Fear Fiery Speech

Non-Malays and non-Muslims should not fear the fiery speeches at the recent UMNO general assembly, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said last night.

What does he mean?

"Instead of getting alarmed, there are lessons to be learnt from the whole episode. It means all of us have to be careful in dealing with issues concerning race and religion," Pak Lah said.

What do you mean sir?

Can I presumed that you are saying: "We won't do what we say; it's only rhetorics and to play to the gallery. At the same time, we want to you to be vary of what we will do when we run AMOK."

Or, could I assumed that you mean: "We are Cakap, Tapi Bikin Tak Boleh Serupa?"

But Pak Lah, it was damn scary! Youth information chief Datuk Azimi Daim said: "Umno Youth must be more effective, creative and proactive in defending such rights and privileges, as these are issues that make members jump. When certain issues come up, it is natural for the warrior blood in the veins of the Malays to become heated."

Razali Idris (Terengganu) said: "The Malay's economic growth is only about 2%, while the non-bumiputra's is at 6%. This wide disparity will create unrest and an incident like May 13 might repeat but this time, the parang will not fly. An ants' nest should not be disturbed."

Mohd Effendi Yusof (Kelantan) said: "Don't play with fire...we (Malays) will fight till the end."

Hasnoor Sidang Hussein, (Malacca) said: "Umno is willing to risk lives and bathe in blood in defence of race and religion. Don't play with fire. If they mess with our rights, we will mess with theirs."

Tan Sri Mohamad Rahmat said: "Don't test the Malays, they know 'amok'".

Hashim Suboh said: “Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kiss his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham when he is going to use it.”

Use the keris? I don't think he meant to use it to cut wood because it's better to use the axe. I don't think the keris is used to slaughter the fishes to make dinner. I remembered Hang Tuah use it on Hang Jebat - he stabbed and killed him. Isn't it frightening to know that the keris is used to kill someone.

"Implement Projects Fast"

Week After Week The Nation Needs Convincing, Do You Sense Something?

Convincing enough?



Wednesday, November 22, 2006

"ISA is Islam Hadhari"

In the midst of keris-waving and throwing statistics down the well, here are some of last week's and today's news you might have missed:

"ISA=Islam Hadhari"


Also, more from RPK (in Malay) here and here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"UMNO must speak for all races"

But that's not what Malaysian Prime Minister said when interviewed on CNN's Talk Asia.

"This country that we love belongs to all of us ...

Was there a catch, or was it that UMNO MPs do not agree with him?

Was the PM in Control as claimed by him?

I don't think so. Most of the MPs do not share his ideology and political philosophy. You can see and hear them with clarity.

Maybe, the Prime Minister did not make it clear enough at the winding up speech at the recent concluded UMNO General Assembly.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

"I Won't Run and I'm Here To Stay...For Long"

"I Won't Run and I'm Here To Stay...For Long"

If you think the predecessor is dictatorial, wait till you hear this:

"Saya takkan lari. I am here to stay... Saya ada pelan jangka panjang."

Read more about the above quote and the exclusive interview with Utusan Malaysia here.

Pardon my ignorance, but can someone brief me what is the f**king great deal about RM9, btw? There have been 8 RMs for eons but I don't see someone bragging about it all the time.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Friday, November 3, 2006


From Careful with money to Mega Billion projects everywhere

What made a sovereign to reverberate to take such radical and drastic steps, from a frugal leader, scrapping almost all mega projects inherited from his predecessors, and over the last few months, pronouncing the arrival of mega after mega projects.

Did he suffer such anorexia?

When he took over the helm on 1st Nov 2003, the first few months of his tenure, he was going through almost all the mega projects awarded by Mahathir, and scrapping one by one of them.

There was in fact much hue and cry then.

He claimed that he was just being careful and isn't tight with money.

He said: Only vital projects will be implemented.

The first project to suffer was the double-track railway project awarded to MMC-Gamuda. Then, the mega storm water drain from Pandan to Taman Desa (which was allowed to continue).

Many other projects suffered the same fate such as the monorail project in Putrajaya, Penang 2nd Bridge, and later, the Crooked-bridge in Johor.

The vital projects proclaimed will be agricultural projects, batik projects, and Scomi's projects.

Then suddenly, accidentally or incidentally, since the altercation with Mahathir Mohamad, all of a sudden, he was inspired... Unresisting proclaimations of projects were made; everywhere we hear of mega projects that will be launched... not yet, but, will be, soon, might be soon, will be soon.

Today, The Star report that MB: SJER likely to attract RM60bil FDI within 10 years

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman announced that the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) development plan is likely to attract RM60bil in foreign direct investments (FDI) within the next 10 years.

For a start, Ghani said a group of investors from the Middle East would be bringing in multi-billion ringgit investments to Johor.

He declined to give details on the investments from the Arab businessmen as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would make the announcement.

If you remembered, ten years ago, Ghani announced that Johor will have a Disneyland project, Floating city, Sahara Desert, Dinosaur park, etc; all billion dollar projects. Till today, we hear something new; old proposals are cremated.

What makes Pak Lah changed so drastically? From Frugality to Excessiveness.

Pak Lah hates mega projects, but over the last few months, he had pronounced more than 10 mega projects...arriving soon. Cheer up contractors and employees... tomorrow will be better; hopefully!

Is he suffering from Bulimia, anorexia, or aphasia? Or, CTSB?

"I never gave favours to my kin"

Sunday, October 29, 2006

"Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties"

PM: Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties

Prime Minister Pak Lah has called on Malaysians to learn to be more tolerant so that race and religion will no longer be sensitive issues in the future. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the country’s economic success was due to the people's hard work and the tolerance among them. However, he added, the issues of religion and race were still sensitive matters despite Malaysia having attained independence almost 50 years ago.

“I hope the people will train themselves to become more tolerant so that these issues will no longer be sensitive in years to come,” he said in his speech at the national Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House here last night.

Abdullah said the country’s development was aimed at helping all Malaysians. “If there are policies which appear to favour certain groups, these have only been decided upon after considering all factors, including the 'balance' that has to be achieve,” he said.

Friday, October 27, 2006

"I Didn't Say Much, I Wanted Tun To Have His Say"

The 2 hour Dilemma of 2 PM

I always love Anita Mui's song:

"Why, why, tell me why..."

NST also copied the style today...

But the 3-whys did not portray the right questions that was posed by Mahathir, or even attempt to rebut them.

I find it extremely amused and interesting on one aspect:

Mahathir said:

I had to talk for 1 1/2 hour of the 2 hour dialogue.

All he did was to write down all what I said, that's all.

He gave me no answer to all the problems I posed."

Pak Lah respond:

He comes here to talk, so I let him talk lah.

He likes to talk, and if I intercept, it's bad manners.

I wanted to give him maximum opportunity to raise all the issues that was bothering him. Even when he said things untrue I held my tongue. My attitude from the start was to give him the chance to talk until the cow comes home (the bold is my own emphasis, absolutely mine).

We agreed to meet for 2 hours, and he uses 1 1/2 hour, so left only 1/2 hour for me, mana cukup to reply all his allegation?

He met me and said everything he want to say. I have to take time to respond. (I need time mah... a bit late but never too late)

Now, he blames me!

The mild mannered PM now resort to use insidious language. "...this time [he] attacked me with stronger doses of venom ...what to do?

Venom? wow, harsh, harsh, harsh! The toothless tiger now can bite...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

"Doses of Venom"

Doses of Venom...


Read the full transcript of PM's latest interview here.




After venom, gobble up?

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Thursday, October 19, 2006


Klang's Istana Idaman: Pak Lah Says It's Unacceptable But...

First things first. Congrats and bravo to theSun for standing up against this blatant, farcical case.

Aww....I so admire him, he's finally our Justice Bao after all...awww...I'm so gonna vote for him at the next election. You are my hero!!!!


KEPALA BATAS: The action of the Port Klang Assemblyman who built his mansion without planning permission has roused the ire of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Acknowledging the people's anger with Datuk Zainal @ Zakaria Mat Deros, he said the Selangor government will act according to the relevant laws.

"From the people's perspective, this action is not acceptable as we are the ruling government and he holds a position representing the government," he said.

"Of course, the people will be unhappy about this. Even if he wanted to do (build his mansion), he should have obtained permission. When he went ahead to build without permission, of course people will be upset and angry about such incidents."

Zakaria, who was slated to be reappointed Klang Municipal Councillor, is building the four-storey mansion among low-cost houses in Pandamaran on land alienated to his wife. The swearing-in ceremony has since been postponed till after Hari Raya.

He also owed annual assessment for his existing house, which occupies two lots, for 12 years, amounting to RM5,433.60.

It is learnt that Zakaria paid up all assessment he and two Umno offices owed to the council. A council official said Zakaria's representative issued a cheque yesterday afternoon for RM46,118.60, reports Terence Fernandez.

Zakaria paid up following a warning by Klang Municipal Council president Abdul Bakir Zin that he should settle the arrears or face seizure of his property.

Asked about this earlier, Abdullah said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo briefed him on Tuesday on actions that would be taken against Zakaria, who had also been informed.

"I leave it to him (Khir) to take the appropriate action against Zakaria according to the necessary laws," he said.

(On Wednesday, Khir said Zakaria could be fined only 10 times the submission fee of RM2,400 for not getting planning permission).

Asked if Umno would act against Zakaria since it was the party which appointed him to the council, the Umno president said the offences committed by Zakaria were not related to party matters, but were against local government laws.

Hold your guns, mate! Read on further:

Asked for his views on the report that three members of the same family (Zakaria, his son and his daughter-in-law) would be appointed to the MPK, Abdullah said: "This is usually left to the council and state government to decide. There is nothing wrong if all of them have the necessary qualifications to serve in the council.

"However, they must ensure that while serving, they must not be involved in decisions related to the family. Khir informed me that all three of them have the necessary criteria to serve."

In Putrajaya, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who chairs the cabinet committee on local government, said the government will review the practice of appointing family members to one local council. He said such a thing had never happened and the government would evaluate the situation.

"We will have to review this thing, of certain local councils having family members in it," he said after chairing the first cabinet committee meeting on investment.

On Wednesday, Khir had said there was nothing to prohibit law-breakers (as in failure to submit building plans) from becoming councillors and the political system allowed those who held party positions to be made councillors.

Zakaria's daughter in-law is slated to serve a second term and his son is to be appointed councillor.

So, what's the 'necessary requirements', one may ask. For all I know, it's all about whether you have the guns to play the CCN (corruption, cronyism, nepotism) game...

Kids, this is a fine example of 'pot NOT calling the kettle black'. If he has his 'family council' in the government, I don't see why not for these Little Napoleons!

Presenting....Malaysia's 'Justice Bao' and his happy family... [Source]

Friday, October 13, 2006

"I still command majority support today"

Back-to-back CNN Talk Asia Interview With Pak Lah and Dr. M

UPDATED: Some excerpts of the interview, from Bernama:

PM Dismisses "Political Suicide" By Reversing Dr M's Decisions

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has dismissed the notion that he may be committing "political suicide" by reversing some of the decisions made by his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and be seen as rolling back on everything the latter had put in place.

Admitting that Dr Mahathir is still being held in the highest regard by many people after 22 years leading the country, the prime minister said he too commanded majority support.

"No, no, no, I don't think it's a political suicide. He has been saying a lot of things, I've decided to keep quiet and to go on doing what I want to do.

"And the people want me to do what I want to do. And I have and I still command majority support today," he said in an interview with Anjali Rao in the "Talk Asia" programme aired by Cable News Network (CNN) Saturday.

Abdullah also pointed out that not everybody appreciated it when Dr Mahathir began his criticism.

He, however, said despite his silence, he did not ignore Dr Mahathir's criticisms and have made necessary adjustments if the criticisms were relevant.

"And some I can't accept," he said when asked by Anjali if he ignored Dr Mahathir's criticism of him.

The prime minister also dismissed a suggestion that he was rolling back everything Dr Mahathir had put in place by calling off some mega projects namely a new bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore.

"Not everything he put in place. No. Vision 2020, his biggest achievement, that's my target too. That we share, I share the vision. I have developed what I call a national mission. The mission is very big in order to achieve that vision," he said.

Abdullah said he believed there were other things the Government could do to develop this country.

"We are very practical about our approach and the bridge has nothing to do with the life and death of Malaysia," he said.

To a question whether Malaysia could have achieved such a major success if Dr Mahathir did not rule the way he did, Abdullah said as the prime minister for 22 years, Dr Mahathir had achieved considerable success for the country.

"We are proud of his achievements. That's a fact," he said.

On Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew's remark on Sept 15 that Malaysian Chinese are being "systematically marginalised", Abdullah reiterated that it was a groundless allegation.

"Yes, it's groundless. And it is an issue that can cause unhappiness to many people. Why? Some may even regard it as tantamount to interfering with what we are doing.

"The Chinese in Malaysia are doing well. They are better off than the indigenous people, than the Malays," he said.

He said the Malaysian Chinese achieved what they have today because the Government provided them opportunities to be successful.


Read from MKini also if you have the subscription.

I have lost count on the number of times he had said 'I'm in control', 'I'm still the PM', 'I still have the mandate' already.

Saturday, October 7, 2006

We're Ready

PM: I am Ready!

PM: We're ready! This is our final assault in human capital development. Malaysia had reached the base camp and is ready for the final assault. The strong, steadfast and confident climbers had continued climbing but we will make the leap to the peak of glory.

Are you really ready? I thought you said you still have plenty of time left?

But are you really ready? I am perplexed! Do you know and understand what is human capital management? It is about globalisation and liberalisation and tapping the best irrespective of color and creed, paying value for money. It may mean the end of the NEP and those priority givings and handouts. It may mean a radical revamp of the current system administrators, selecting on the most competent and dedicated, those with the passion to succeed. It will hurt your party members and rent-seekers. It will hurt your politicians pocket. It may mean some people will be sidelined in favour of others and it may mean bringing in more foreigners to fill the places based on meritocracy and competency. It may hurt your political ambition. Do you have a performance measurement system to measure the key result areas? Do you think you can remove the NEP and rent-seekers because with it, you can have the cake and eat it? I doubt.

Friday, October 6, 2006

Pay Up, PM Tells Govt Bodies

Pak Lah tells all government bodies to pay up to all contractors.

Got money ah? Pay, pay, where's the money...

The contractors are still waiting until now...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

"I still have a lot of time to deliver his promises to the people"

Pak Lah: "I Have My Own Sweet Time To Deliver Election Promises"

From theSun, 6th October, pg 2.

Report on bumi equity inaccurate: PM

PUTRAJAYA: The prime minister has described the report released by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) on the New Economic Policy as inaccurate, baseless and irresponsible.

The report, which concluded that the NEP target of 30% bumiputra equity had been achieved, and in fact exceeded, had drawn criticism from various quarters which maintain that the equity was 18.9% in 2004.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi questioned the accuracy of the report as it was based on a survey of 1,000 companies.

He said the information and documents used by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) when preparing the 9th Malaysia Plan involved surveys on 600,000 companies in Malaysia.

"When information is inaccurate and the base of the survey is inaccurate, how can the conclusion made be accurate.This is an inaccurate conclusion."

He said if this conclusion is used as a basis for discussion in public forums, it could cause various reactions, "which I think is not good".

Abdullah said the report had raised many questions and could cause people to make accusations against others.

"The action of tabling the survey, which in my opinion is incomplete and inaccurate, is something I see as irresponsible."

He said the survey's treatment of government-link companies (GLCs) as bumiputra concerns is incorrect as they are government companies.

"If everybody think GLCs are bumputra, it is wrong and it will create a lot of anger. It is not right and is very irresponsible." He was speaking to reporters after chairing the 5th meeting of the National Implementation Task Force for the 9th Malaysian Plan at his office here.

Asked if he planned to call for a snap general election after Umno decided to postpone its party election next year, he said: "Why should I? Give a reason why I should."

On whether he was seeking another huge mandate from the people,Abdullah said he still had a lot of time to deliver his promises to them.

Asked about the cabinet's stance on Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's reply letter, Abdullah said he had nothing further to say.

"The cabinet agreed with my stand and the decision I had made."

Asked if he considered the issue closed, he added that he was not making any more statements on it.

"We can't tell them what to say or not to say. As far as I am concerned, I have said what I have to say."

Aside from this matter, he said relations between the two countries are the same and there has not been any other repercussions.

On the task force meeting, Abdullah said it discussed ways to improve the standard of schools and teaching in rural areas as many of them are lagging.

Among the steps to be taken are to improve laboratory facilities, including computers, electricity and water supply and increasing the number of teachers.

About the status of projects under the 9MP, he said about 50% of projects have been tendered out, adding that he wanted things to move faster.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

"I have no interest in Iraq Scheme"

PM: I have no interest in Iraq Scheme

"...recommending people for opportunity to “participate” did not imply in anyway been involved" Pak Lah said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has clarified that he has no interest in the Oil-for-Food programme in Iraq.

When asked to comment on articles in a website which implicated him in the Oil-for-Food programme, he said: “The website can say whatever it wants. I know what I have done. I do not have any interest of any sort.”

The website had said that Abdullah’s name had been linked to two companies that were beneficiaries to more than 50,000,000 barrels of Iraqi oil which were said to be valued at RM11bil.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

"I'll Do It My Way"

Now, he is also doing it his way...

Read more here.

theSun also did it the front-page way, on Monday 18th September.