AAB’s 83 overseas trips in 44 months as PM

Yes, the PM should stay back to fight corruption, instead of spending too much time overseas. He aslo fails to bring investments back to Malaysia.

PM takes ‘too many’ overseas trips
Bede Hong
Jun 28, 07 4:55pm
Malaysiakini
Opposition Leader Lim Kt Siang has criticised Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for making over 80 official visit overseas since coming to office, saying the premier’s time should have been better spent fight corruption back home.Lim said Abdullah should spend more time in the country to ensure his trips abroad “do not result in the neglect of his duties” as prime minister, internal security minister and finance minister.In a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), the Foreign Ministry reported that the premier went on 83 official and work-related visits overseas over a period of three years and eight months.

Abdullah made 22 trips in 2004, 25 in 2005, 20 in 2006 and 16 in 2007. His most recent visits were to Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy.

“One message from the answer is that Abdullah has not only three portfolios … he has a fourth portfolio as the travelling de facto foreign minister,” Lim told a press conference in Parliament lobby today.

Lim said Abdullah should “revamp his time-management” and focus on fulfilling his 2004 general election pledge to create a cleaner, more efficient government.

“The most important agenda of the Abdullah Administration to wipe out corruption has fizzled out, highlighted by the ignominious dismissal of the Eric Chia corruption case,” said Lim.

Chia, a tycoon charged with running steel company Perwaja in the 1990s, was the first public figure charged for graft in February 2004.

Long list of failures 

Abdullah had made pledges to fight corruption and cronyism as part of his campaign drive in early 2004. Chia was acquitted by the High Court on Tuesday on charges that he allegedly misappropriated RM74.6 million.

Lim added that Malaysia has dropped rank in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index from 37th to 44th placing from 2003 to 2006 and that the country’s crime rate has soared since Abdullah took office.

He said the recommendations by the Royal Police Commission to set up the IPCMC was ignored.

“Such a list of failures of the Abdullah premiership stems from the hopes and expectations he has raised when he became prime minister … will be quite a long one.

“It will include setbacks to nation-building process arising from worsening religious polarisation because of the lack of political will and leadership to restore inter-religious dialogue as in the first three decades of nationhood,” he said.

2 Responses to “AAB’s 83 overseas trips in 44 months as PM”

  1. KEADILAN Says:

    hi,asian cup is starting soon..
    lets give malaysian full support.wish malaysian football team will play their best and give all out.i hope this asian cup matches will be played fairly with integrity and with high class attitude without violent.most importantly players from every country must show a good example at the pitch to educate the younger generation of footballer and the one who watches their matches by playing fair without violent.
    once again i want to wish malaysian football team good luck and all the best!thank you.
    take care..

    writen by,
    KEADILAN

  2. ktteokt Says:

    might as well abolish parliament. aab is doing such a good job as “multi-purpose minister” (menteri serbaguna). how many heads do you think he has? taking on three (four) ministerial posts is no small matter. if he does not trust his subordinates to hold the other posts, other than his prime minister post, then do away with parliament and establish the “kementerian serbaguna” with aab alone to head the whole government.

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