ECONOMIC STIMULUS: (April 22) The overdue stimulus package to spur economic growth will be finalised soon. Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said there was an urgency to come up with the broad-based package, now that the situation in the Middle East appeared more certain. He said it would be ready “faster than in the next two months.” The package was initially scheduled for announcement on April 7.
SARS MEETING: (April 23) Asean and its “Plus 3” partners – Japan, South Korea and China – will meet in Putrajaya this weekend to discuss the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) affecting the region and ways to combat its threat. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will open the meeting involving senior health officials and ministers.