Leasing Luxurious Jets
Abdullah Receives Global Leadership Award
PUTRAJAYA, March 12 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Monday became the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Foundation Global Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding global leadership .
The president of the foundation, James Oleson conferred the award, a medal, to Abdullah at the Napoleon Hill International Convention 2007 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.
Foundation chairman Dr Charles Johnson said the award was to recognise outstanding global leadership and Abdullah had shown his dedication to the country's development.
"The prime minister has shown dedicated service for Malaysia's socio-economic development," said Dr Johnson in a message was read by Oleson.
Abdullah said he was overwhelmed and accepted the award humbly.
"Do I deserve this," he asked in his acceptance speech and the floor responded with "Of course".
The prime minister said he would not be what he was today without the support of Malaysians who were willing to work with him and not for him.
"My son is rich. He also has a house." Full story here.
Been there, not done that yet.
28th April, 2007: Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperative Ministry’s multi-purpose hall, Putrajaya.
30th April, 2007: Civil Courts, Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta
Picture by Phil Brown via Screenshots.
Savouring nasi kandar in Melbourne
IT was not just a Malaysian cultural feast in the bustling city of Melbourne last week. Australians were also feted to Malaysia’s best-known dish – nasi kandar – in a posh five-star hotel ambience.
And how they all enjoyed tucking in to the various aromatic dishes prepared by five specially selected cooks from Original Kayu Nasi Kandar Sdn Bhd, who were flown from Kuala Lumpur to take on the challenge.
Playing host at the posh Crown Towers Hotel for 200 dinner guests was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his daughter, Nori.
The special guest at the nasi kandar dinner was Janette Howard, wife of Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
Also present was newly-posted Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Penny Williams, and The Star’s group chief editor, Michael Aeria.
Earlier in the morning, Abdullah and Janette jointly launched a Nyonya Kebaya exhibition at the Immigration Museum. Most of the kebaya exhibits belonged to Abdullah’s late wife, Datin Seri Endon Mahmood.
Those invited to the opening ceremony on May 3 were automatically on the list of the private dinner Abdullah hosted at 8.30pm the same day.
Original Kayu Nasi Kandar proprietor Buruhan Mohamad, who led his team of cooks to Melbourne, said it was a personal accomplishment for him since starting his nasi kandar businesss back in 1974.
“Australia has very strict food requirements and we were very impressed with their standards. We were put to the test and passed,’’ he added upon returning.
His nasi kandar fare is much proven here, but Buruhan knew that it would be back to square one as far as Australian taste buds were concerned.
“It was our first overseas engagement, and it was an important event for Malaysia. I flew there a week earlier to prepare ahead, came back to get the necessary stuff and flew back again,’’ he revealed.
Some 40kg of spices were flown in from Malaysia. Fresh meat, fish and vegetables were sourced Down Under.
After negotiating with the Crown Towers senior management for use of a section of the kitchen for cooking purposes, Buruhan’s team set out to work at 10am.
By the time it was 8.30pm, piping hot nasi kandar dishes were all ready to be savoured.
Buruhan’s catering manager, Kosol Napatalung, took charge of serving the VVIP table, where Abdullah, Janette, and Nori were joined by, among others, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and his wife Datin Seri Maznah, and Nori’s husband, Khairy Jamaluddin.
The opening course comprised roti canai and murtabak served with dhal gravy with lamb, followed by briyani with ayam rendang, beef rendang, kari ikan, sotong sambal and udang goreng.
“We were delighted when Janette asked for more briyani,’’ quipped Kosol, who is a Thai.
Buruhan said he was well-aware of Abdullah’s likings, and planned the menu accordingly.
“Our PM is not fond of chicken. For drinks, he prefers just kopi-O,’’ he revealed.
As such, desert consisted of pulut panggang, kuih talam, kuih bengkang, seri muka, teh tarik and kopi-O.
“We ordered 500 pieces of various kuih which were prepared by several wives of Malaysians residing in Melbourne,’’ he added.
Malaysia MSM 101: Especially when a person carries your grandchild, just turn your local newspaper into your personal scrapbook.
80 visits overseas. That's the total number since his tenure in late 2003/2004.
Abdullah's Visits Enhance Malaysia's Global Standing
KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has made 80 official and working visits overseas since 2004, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the visits which among others were based on economic cooperation, had contributed to Malaysia's achievement as the world's 19th largest trading nation.
He said this in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) who wanted him to list out the prime minister's official and non-official visits overseas, the length of the visits and the number of delegates in each visit.
Syed Hamid said Abdullah made 13 working and official visits up to June this year, 20 last year, 25 in 2005 and 22 in 2004.
Among them were official and working visits to the neighbouring countries in Asean, bilateral visits to East and West Asia, Middle East, the American continent and Africa as well as visits in conjunction with meetings or periodic conferences like the group of eight developing countries (D8), Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Syed Hamid said the prime minister was usually accompanied by several Cabinet ministers relevant to the fields where cooperations were intended to be forged with the countries visited, senior government officers, representatives from the related agencies and businessmen.
He said support officials from the Foreign Ministry, Malaysian Embassy and security personnel were also involved.
"The number of delegates depends on the scope of bilateral cooperations and the need for field experts to scrutinise and give advice including ministers relating to the important economic sectors and the relevant industry chiefs," he said.
The list of Abdullah's visits overseas since 2004 showed between seven and 143 people followed the prime minister in his visits.
Syed Hamid said the visits had enhanced bilateral relations and opened up more spaces for the private sector to secure infrastructure development projects and marketing opportunities in each country visited.
Such visits were welcomed by foreign leaders and the prime minister's counterparts as it allowed them to discuss bilateral and international issues in the effort to find a consensus in dealing with the issues faced, he said.
Eric Chia said the case had cost him 11 years of his life
Eric Chia, the former head of state firm Perwaja Steel, was accused of approving fraudulent payments to a fictitious company in the 1990s.
But the court said the prosecution had failed to prove its case.
The verdict is a setback to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's anti-corruption campaign.
Mr Chia is one of only two major figures to have been charged with corruption since Mr Abdullah came to power on an anti-corruption platform in 2003.
Mr Chia had close links to the administration of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Mr Abdullah's predecessor.
Established in the 1980s to spearhead Malaysia's industrial development, Perwaja Steel came close to collapse after making heavy losses and accumulating debts of $2.6bn.
Mr Chia was accused of financial mismanagement by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in 1996 and charged with criminal breach of trust in 2004.
Prosecutors claimed that he had overseen the transfer of 76.4m ringgits ($22m) in funds to a bogus company in 1994.
Mr Chia, who denied all wrongdoing, faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail if convicted. But the judge said the prosecution's case had been flawed.
"The prosecution's case has been negated by their own evidence and crippled by the non-calling of essential witnesses," said judge Akhtar Tahir.
Mr Abdullah was re-elected in 2004 on a pledge to tackle corruption in business and public administration but critics have accused him of being too timid and losing his way.
The BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur said there had been few arrests of prominent figures and Mr Abdullah would have to redouble his efforts if he was to convince people of his commitment to addressing the problem.
Original post: Nov 10th 2006.
Anchovies and sharks...
Fast reverse two and a half years ago, from Doc Mave's May 2004 archives...
But where's the 18? A short documentary was even made out of it.
18 Big Fish? I Dunno...One's Been Released Today...
She scarily bears an uncanny resemblance with this Aussie PR-holding fella below.
But why the 'maid'? This is the reason why...
The prime minister said the government had drafted a Bill on human trafficking that would impose severe penalties on the perpetrators of the crime.
He said the Bill had been sent to Parliament and hoped it would be passed in the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.
Visibly upset over the report, Abdullah said: "I am not sure about the report...I do not intend to make any other statement, all I am saying is that we have sent a bill to parliament.
"We will do whatever we can to curb human trafficking and that is why we decided to have that bill," said Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister.
Whereas it had appeared in the news before...
Mission 2057: First mentioned back in March 2007, but it seems nobody gave a damn.
TV3 interview about a year ago?
"Kamal (Kamaluddin) never misused his relations with me. Kamal was never involved in local companies or concessions. No. He never asked any help from the government. Never in anything that needs bail-out," said Abdullah, who took over the country's leadership from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the end of 2003.
Abdullah said Kamaluddin had to find projects overseas because he did not want to linked with his father.
Not so, reported Bernama just now:
...and 2 days ago:
Pardon my geography, but isn't 'Penang' and 'Sarawak' local?
Meanwhile, SIL has been driving without a valid license for 8 months, according to Malaysiakini.
Welcome to Malaysia, Truly Kerajaan Tiga Beranak.
Part 2 coming up soon.