Malaysians express confidence in new leader

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Nov 2003

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians from all walks of life have welcomed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s pledge to carry out his duties with integrity, trustworthiness, efficiency and fairness. 

Cuepacs adviser Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said Abdullah has had a good track record in politics and his vast experience made him a knowledgeable man. 

“His pledge shows that he means business and is a no-nonsense kind of person, who expects everyone to work hard to achieve the goals set.” 

MTUC president Zainal Rampak said the congress welcomed Abdullah's pledge. 

He said the principal of integrity, efficiency and fairness were of utmost importance in governance and all workers should support and back Abdullah in realising them. 

“Having known the Prime Minister for many years, I have confidence in his honesty. He is sincere in his pledge,” he added. 

Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said said Abdullah was a brave, responsible and consistent man. 

“We now have the best of both the legacy of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s policies and Abdullah’s way of managing it,” she said. 

Gerakan vice president Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam said Malaysians have every reason to be optimistic about Abdullah’s leadership and urged the private and public sectors to heed his call to fight corruption. 

MIC vice president Datuk S. Veerasingham described Abdullah as a strong personality, who had come back from the political wilderness to become the prime minister. 

“It is not easy to achieve that and he is strong and carries out his work well. It is also very fortunate that he is concerned about national unity.” 

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said Abdullah, despite assuming his new post, displayed humility. 

“I am pleased to note that Pak Lah said that maintaining a clean and transparent government was at the top of his agenda,” he said. 

In Malacca, the state pledged to abide by Abdullah’s directives to ensure continuous development. 

Sisters in Islam programme manager Mas Jaliza Hamzah said hearing the words “fairness and equality for women” from the nation's leader was encouraging. 

“When he touched on non-discrimination against women in formulating and enforcing the policies, we hope he included not just the new policies but also re-examine existing ones, especially Islamic law.” 

In Penang, DAP deputy chairman Karpal Singh said although the party was in the opposition, it would work with the Prime Minister in achieving integrity, trustworthiness, efficiency and fairness. 

Meanwhile the New York Times, in a report, described Abdullah as a “consummate diplomat abroad and well-connected to the Muslim community at home.” 

It said that Abdullah, popularly known as “Mr Nice Guy”, had a reputation for clean government and an interest in rural development. 

In an article entitled New Malaysian Leader’s Style Stirs Optimism, it quoted analysts as giving high marks to Abdullah, saying his basic policies were likely to provide continuity to the prosperity of the nation, which had survived the Asian financial crisis better than most countries and was headed for nearly 5% growth this year.  

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