Jan 24, 2007

Abdullah Says He Will Continue To Run The Country

Luckily for us that our PM mentioned that. If he did't, then we don't really know who is actually running the country. Do we?

And it's not actually Tun Mahathir is impatient, it's the whole country is impatient.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says, he will continue to run the country as the Prime Minister as there is still a lot of work to be done.

"Well I think so (laughing), I think so. There is a lot of work to be done," said the prime minister during an interview on BBC's Special Edition of Asia Today aired live from London today.

Abdullah who was the special guest of the programme, was interviewed at his Dorchester Hotel suite by Zeinab Badawi.

Abdullah who took over the helm from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2004, was asked whether he still got the appetite for the job and would like to run again in the next election.

The Prime Minister stopped in London on his way to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

On his ties with Dr Mahathir, who had been criticising the government's policy under his leadership, Abdullah said the former leader had the right to say whatever he wanted.

"It is his right to say what he wants. I have a government to run. I have to do what I think is possible to do. The economy is better now and the Ninth Malaysia Plan has been launched in March and today it is gathering momentum.

"Maybe because we are a bit slow, that's why he (Dr Mahathir) was getting impatient," Abdullah said.

The prime minister said Malaysia had been practising a very moderate Islam by not marginalising the non-Muslims, bringing them into the power sharing government and permitting the freedom of worship.

On Muslim extremists who had hijacked the global agenda, Abdullah said Islam must be made to be understood by the people.

"We certainly have to provide them with an alternative in the sense that the ability to talk what Islam is, what Islam really is and what Islam wants us to do and to prove that Islam is not against modernity, to prove that Islam is still relevant today," he said.

Abdullah said Islam does not tolerate and compromise terrorism.

He said he had been promoting Islam Hadhari, a civilisational Islam approach initiated by him, which had been receiving good response from both the Muslim and Western world.

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