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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

  • Politician
  • Born November 26, 1939

Tun Dato' Seri Haji Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi (Jawi: عبدالله بن احمد بادوي; born 26 November 1939) is a Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition. He is informally known as Pak Lah, Pak meaning 'Uncle', while Lah is taken from his name 'Abdullah'. He is also referred to as the "Father of Human Capital Development" (Bapa Pembangunan Modal Insan).


I will be happy with certainly when the corruption index improve.




As a child, the paddy field was my playground.




I always said that you can use the same vehicle although the driver will change, or the same vehicle to go for the race. It's a different driver, this is exactly what's happening to the cabinet.




The idea is that they wouldn't want to deal with militant Islam but an Islam and Muslims who are committed to progress, committed to development, who like peace and are moderate in their ways. So that's what we are doing here.




So when I had to make a decision whether I would like to do honors degree course in Islamic studies and Malay studies too, so I thought Islamic studies would be good.




You can't have too much of everything, you must have a balance, that's very important.




It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated.




I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence.




Sometimes children do forget their filial responsibilities.




I am quite a spendthrift but just being careful because my family was not rich, was not a rich family.




But I have always said that it's important we must make sure that justice is at all time be maintained.




Well, there are other aspects, I still command very good support in the party.




I believe it is an important project, it makes the cost of doing business lower and they will make us more competitive at the same time, it will also provide some satisfaction to the people who demand services for them of the quality they want and also quickly.




We have been given a role to play. We have been asked to provide, to give lectures on the role of Islamic development and the way we do it here, so the people who are Muslims there would understand what the role of Islam is.




I have always been interested in politics. I was in the student union before, very active.




So I went to English school, secondary English school, so forget going to Mecca for my religious education.




Of course education becomes very very important and that's for our human resource development.




We have followed a path of moderation, development is our priority, national unity, good community relations, Muslims and non Muslims, this is what has given us the advantage.




We have also set up the national institute for ethics. This institute and also the implementation of the national integrity plan, that will certainly do the follow up that is necessary for this.




I just picked up golf, it was good, give me a chance to play golf.




We have now recently launched the national integrity plan.




Very old fashioned to say that they will be well behaved but I think it's very important.




We go fish, we also catch fighting fish, looking for birds and it was for kampong people, the paddy field was our the play field for the children.




When she was in United States, we maintained contact, we talked to each other on the phone, almost every night. And there was one occasion I tried to fix this video conferencing but somehow it did not come out very well enough so better to talk on the phone.



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