Pak Lah revels in new role – as a chauffeur


  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: When he was Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi used to be chauffeured around.

However, now that he’s retired, Abdullah has a “new job” – being chauffeur to his wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah.

Yesterday, he drove her to a tree-planting programme at the Kiara Forest Park here in his sports utility vehicle.

Abdullah was in a jovial mood when approached by reporters.

“Well, my programme for the day is full and it is as hectic as before when I was in office,” he smiled.

Escorted by bodyguards on a motorcycle, Abdullah seemed to revel in his latest role.

Asked on the release of 13 detainees under the Internal Security Act by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, he said:

“It was a good move. Hopefully, there will be more (release of detainees).”

Jeanne, who is the Malaysian Landscape Advisory Panel chairman, was attending a tree-planting programme with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

The royal couple, together with their four children joined in the programme by planting six species of trees.

So far, there have been 16,000 pledges to plant 50,000 trees in the 97ha forest park.

Also at the event were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.

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