WORK WITH ME: (Nov 2) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told Malaysians not to “work for him” but to work alongside him for the country. Abdullah, who returned to Penang as the country’s fifth premier, also urged the people to continue supporting Barisan Nasional.
NEW FINANCE MINISTER: (Nov 3) Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to take over the Finance Minister’s post on top of the Home Affairs portfolio which he already holds.
CUT RED TAPE: (Nov 6) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has directed government departments to cut red tape and strengthen the civil service to fight corruption and deliver quality service to the rakyat. He also directed all mentri besar and chief ministers to set up a task force to reduce bureaucracy in their states.
TOP TWO: (Nov 8) Education and corruption have been singled out by the Barisan Nasional as the two most important issues requiring the immediate attention of the Government.
BN CHIEF: (Nov 8) Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was formally appointed Barisan Nasional chairman, taking over from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
NORIAN RETIRES: (Nov 4) Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Omar took over as Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday, replacing Tan Sri Norian Mai. The newly appointed Bakri said his immediate task would be to improve the service system of the police force.
MORE UNITS: (Nov 2) The Health Ministry will set up more intensive care units in public hospitals to meet increasing demand. Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the move would be conducted in stages.
SMS CRIME HOTLINE: (Nov 8) Two weeks after city police chief Comm Datuk Dell Akbar Khan released the mobile phone numbers of his key officers, they have received more than 800 SMS tip-offs on illegal activities in the city’s six police districts.
HIGHER SPEED LIMIT: (Nov 7) The implementation of the 120kph speed limit on highways has been pushed from the originally targeted December to next year as the Road Transport Act has yet to be amended to allow this.
UNHEALTHY BOOKS: (Nov 6) The Government will no longer approve applications to import and publish reading material that contains elements “calculated to entertain by frightening.”
MONEYLENDERS ACT: (Nov 5) The Moneylenders Act, which came into effect last Saturday, will allow authorities to plant “agent provocateurs” in a bid to nab loan sharks.
COMPULSORY ENGLISH: (Nov 5) English will be a compulsory subject for all nursing students next year in efforts to improve proficiency of the language among healthcare workers.
LISTING ON HOLD: (Nov 6) The Cabinet has decided to put on hold the listing of Felda Holdings Sdn Bhd on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange pending further studies.
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: (Nov 3) The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has raised several issues for the “immediate attention” of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, including the automatic recognition of unions by employers, minimum wages and the proposed National Retrenchment Scheme.
DIRTY PICTURES: (Nov 7) A Chinese school headmaster lodged a police report after finding “doctored” pornographic photographs featuring his discipline teacher posted on the Internet.
ForeignSRI LANKA CRISIS: (Nov 5) President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three cabinet ministers on Tuesday and deployed troops around key installations, setting off a political crisis after she rejected a landmark peace proposal with Tamil rebels. The crisis deepened on Wednesday, as Kumaratunga declared a state of emergency.
FIRST GAY BISHOP: (Nov 3) The Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Rev Canon V. Gene Robinson, a New Hampshire priest, amid warnings that it could have dire effects on the Christian faith. Conservative Anglicans refused to recognise the consecration and accused the US church of “declaring independence”.
SUSPECTS FLEE: (Nov 2) Two of South-East Asia's most-wanted terrorists, Malaysian explosive experts Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top, appeared to have slipped through a dragnet and fled to eastern or central Java, according to Indonesian police.
US COPTER DOWN: (Nov 3) Guerrillas shot down an American helicopter in Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 15 US personnel and wounding 21, in the bloodiest single strike on US-led forces since the war.
RELUCTANT ALLY: (Nov 6) Turkey would not send peacekeeping troops to Iraq without a significant change in the situation there, a Turkish official said on Tuesday in what was a major setback to US efforts to attract military help in Iraq.
BIGGEST THREAT: (Nov 4) Europeans believe Israel poses the biggest threat to world peace, just ahead of North Korea, Iran and the United States, according to an EU poll which has sparked outrage from Israeli authorities.
NEW TORY LEADER: (Nov 7) Britain's opposition Conservative Party ushered in veteran former minister Michael Howard as its new leader on Thursday in an attempt to end years of infighting and to mount a credible challenge to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
RUSSIA'S RIGHTS: (Nov 5) President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his position that Russia can resort to pre-emptive military strikes because the policy is also practised by the United States.
HANSON FREED: (Nov 7) The founder of Australia's anti-immigrant One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, won an appeal on Thursday against her conviction for electoral fraud, 11 weeks after she was jailed for three years.