Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Never mind that I may not build great monuments or glittering cities"

Reports: Malaysia's leader says he won't be building big new monuments


AP Worldstream
04-25-2006
Dateline: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he probably won't build glittering new cities because he wants to avoid any debt burden _ a stance that contrasts with his predecessor's penchant for expensive, high-profile projects.

Abdullah said he was more interested in doing what is right for the country than in boosting his popularity, Bernama national news agency reported Tuesday.

"Never mind that I may not build great monuments or glittering cities," Bernama cited Abdullah as telling business leaders at the Kuala Lumpur Business Club dinner late Monday. "I am told this will be popular and will grease the wheels of our economy."