KUALA LUMPUR: US President George W. Bush has sent a personal congratulatory note to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and applauded his maiden speech in Parliament as the new Malaysian Prime Minister.
Bush said: “I extend my personal congratulations to you as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“I agree completely with many of the important themes you raised in your inaugural speech to Parliament, particularly the need to defeat terror, reject extremism, fight corruption, promote religious tolerance and protect the rights and dignity of every individual.
“I look forward to working with you and your government on all of these important issues and to strengthen our bilateral relationships in the months ahead,” Bush said in a statement released by the US Embassy here yesterday.
He also praised Malaysia for being a moderate Muslim state, which “sets an important example for the region and the world.”