Sep 18, 2006

PM Abdullah Badawi - "I'll Do It My Way"

Probably he loves Frank Sinatra's "MY WAY" too :-)

Extracted from BERNAMA
I'll Do It My Way, Says Abdullah

HAVANA, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he is firm in his commitment to introduce reforms in the country's administration.

The prime minister said his critics must accept the reality that he had his own way of doing things.

Denying the claim by his detractors that he had lost control as a leader, Abdullah said he would not be rash in his actions but would seek the views of the Cabinet and the Umno supreme council.

"There are still many people who don't understand, they say Pak Lah has lost control. That's my way of doing things. Everybody has his way of doing things.

"The objectives are still the same, there is no change, but the way (of doing it) is my way," he told Malaysian journalists at the end of the 14th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit here Saturday.

Giving a lengthy explanation on the matter, Abdullah said reforms cannot be done with the hope of seeing immediate results.

"It's not that I've totally forgotten or don't care at all about reforms but reforms must be introduced after careful planning and study and results cannot be expected overnight," he said.

Abdullah was asked to comment on the claim by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baharu) in Parliament recently that the Prime Minister had still not introduced reforms as promised though it has been three years he assumed the prime minister's post.

The prime minister said all actions must be referred to the Cabinet and the party as the government held to the principle that "party's strength supports the government, the government's strength supports the party".

He said many important issues have to be studied thoroughly and this might take some time.

Stressing that sometimes an action to be taken would take a long time to decide, Abdullah said: "I would prefer it is alright we are a bit late provided we have looked into all the relevant aspects to analyse an issue."

He said reforms in the civil service needed a change in the mindset of civil servants towards reducing bureaucracy so as not to burden many parties and this required the help of government officers.

The prime minister cited several of his initiatives to institute changes in the civil service such as setting up the Institute of Integrity Malaysia, strengthening the Anti-Corruption Agency and enhancing the role of a more open Parliament.

He said the Parliament had established several select committees to look into many things and backbenchers and the Opposition have been given ample opportunities to give their views.

"Actually, this is how Parliament should play its role, allowing parliamentarians to criticise the government but in a constructive manner aimed at propelling the country to greater heights in terms of development.

Not with the intention of merely creating a controversy as what is happening now.

"This is the view of some people, what to do if they have such an opinion," he said, emphasising that he was steadfast in doing what he felt was good for the nation's well-being.

The prime minister said all actions taken by the government was the Cabinet's decision and he himself would report the decision to the Umno supreme council for discussion and to get its views.

On politics, Abdullah said actually there were no problems, be they involving politicians or the Cabinet.

"Perhaps, the views of the Cabinet may appear contradictory, and that is said to be "lost control", it's not," he said, adding that if such a situation arose, he would refer to the Cabinet to rectify it.

Differences of opinion among politicians or Cabinet members are not something that happens everyday but probably due to overlapping of duties between certain ministries, he added.


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