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Where the eradication of corruption, improvement of the civil service and promotion of effectiveness and accountability in both the public and private sectors are concerned, it has been a heady 100 days. And the people are impressed, writes WANI MUTHIAH.
As a former Education Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi understand the needs and problems faced by the education sector which is a priority area for him, reports GAVIN GOMEZ.
The new Prime Minister#8217;s style has become evident in the first 100 days, if somewhat discreetly. But BUNN NAGARA finds that what matters more are the months and years ahead, and all that they bring.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was questioned by police yesterday in a bribery case that could force his resignation, and critics charged his unexpected talk this week about removing Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip was meant to deflect attention from the scandal.
Transferring civil servants from one department to another can help reduce corruption, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
A City Hall assistant enforcement officer was charged in the Sessions Court with asking for RM400 as bribes from a young couple said to be engaged in indecent behaviour in a public place.
Umno will not bribe its ex-members to rejoin the party, said vice-president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
In a move to ensure accountability and to prevent abuse of power, the police have drawn up procedures for the issuing of summonses for traffic violations by their non-traffic officers and personnel who were recently empowered to do so.
The lack of checks and balances in the enforcement division of local authorities has been identified as a reason why it is an agency to corruption.
All district police stations have been directed to set up specially trained units to handle cases involving sex crimes and domestic violence to minimise the trauma faced by the victims.