Saturday, February 16, 2008

"I will continue to fulfil promises"

OMG! Is he really serious?

I will continue to fulfil promises, says Abdullah

SUNGAI PETANI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has assured the people that he will continue to attend to their needs and provide the best for them.

“I will continue to fulfil what I have promised to do for the people,” he said.

He said the Government was prepared to listen to the people, as “we are not 100% perfect.”

“We will correct our weaknesses. What I want is for the people to work together with me and be with me.

“I will work together with them. This comes from my heart,” he said when speaking at a meet-the-people session at the Taman Ria Jaya field here yesterday.

He said the Government had always showed concern for the people’s welfare by providing subsidies for housing, education, health care, transportation and basic amenities.

“The comforts and good life that all of us enjoy today did not just come from nowhere.

“It was the efforts of a concerned government that made things possible. We have to be thankful for that,” he said.

He said 85% of the Government’s expenses went towards providing various subsidies.

“This is because we do not want people to suffer but continue to enjoy the good things in life,” he said.

On complaints about the hike in prices of consumer goods and fuel, he said the people were not aware that the Government had actually absorbed much of the cost.

“Where in the world can you find a government which increased the allowance of pensioners when civil servants enjoyed a pay hike.

“It is only in Malaysia that all these perks are available. It is because of the collective work that all of us have done so far, that we continue to enjoy progress,” he said.

Earlier, he met Kedah Barisan Nasional leaders in a closed-door meeting here.