KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been appointed adviser to the development corridors, in recognition of his contributions as the prime mover of these growth centres.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement last night. This is Abdullah’s second appointment as adviser. Last week, he was made an adviser to Malaysia Airlines.
Najib said the various growth corridors was Abdullah’s vision to ensure that the country’s development was enjoyed by all sectors and levels of society.
In his speech at a dinner to honour Abdullah as the country’s fifth prime minister here, Najib said his predecessor had also stressed the need for human capital development to ensure excellence.
Present were Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman.
Najib also paid tribute to Abdullah for injecting self-confidence among Malaysians by practising an open leadership style.
He said the initiatives and steps taken by Abdullah had strengthened the country in all aspects.
Najib said the slogan espoused by the former prime minister, “Cemerlang, Terbilang dan Gemilang”, had strengthened the will and confidence of the people in facing and overcoming various challenges facing the country.
He said the move to create a human capital with a first-class mindset required the establishment of a society with ethical and moral values.
He said, in this aspect, Abdullah had enhanced this through the implementation of the National Integrity Plan.
Najib said Abdullah’s introduction of Islam Hadhari was also a continuation of policies, including the New Economic Policy and Vision 2020, which stressed civilisation, development and progress in a comprehensive and balanced way.
He commended Abdullah for pushing through the formation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“With all the changes and enhancement implemented, the MACC is capable of becoming an eminent anti-corruption agency not only here but also abroad.”
In ensuring openness in the country’s legal system, the prime minister said Abdullah had established a specific commission for the appointment of judges.
“This is aimed at fulfilling the aspirations of the people to have transparency and fairness in the country’s judiciary.”
On the international stage, Najib said Abdullah was given the honour of being chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Conference and Non-Aligned Movement.
Najib also thanked Abdullah for the smooth leadership succession, which showed that the government was stable and solid.
Source : New Straits Times