Sunday, July 13, 2008

No Change Of Government On September 16, Says Shahrir - Bernama

JOHOR BAHARU, July 13 (Bernama)-- Umno members should not be hoodwinked into believing Pakatan Rakyat's claim that it would take over the federal government on Sept 16.

Johor Baharu Umno division chief Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said the change of government would not be realised as the opposition pact had yet to form a shadow cabinet.

"The only decision they have at the moment is to make (Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the prime minister," he said when opening the delegates meetings of the Johor Baharu division's Wanita Umno branches at Kampung Melayu Majidee here Sunday.

Shahrir, who is also domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, said to enable a shadow cabinet to be formed, the country needed a two-party system but this would not happen in the country as the opposition parties were divided.

"As such, don't give too much attention to them," he said, adding that whatever happened in other countries, would not occur here.

This, Shahrir said, was because of the differences in the civilisations and environment while the country's administration was in order.

[More at]

PM: Malaysia's economy is stable - The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's economy is stable even though the country is faced with global crises such as the increase in fuel and food prices, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"It's stable overall. There is nothing to worry about. We continue to attract foreign investment and we are still a preferred investment destination," the prime minister said.

Malaysia's economy also received positive feedback from other countries, most recently during the Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries (D8) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, last week, he told Bernama and RTM Radio in an interview at Sri Perdana, the prime minister's official residence, Sunday.

The D8 comprises Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia.

Abdullah said the country's image was also intact, saying, "Those who view Malaysia objectively, it is still good. But those connected to (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim), they would see things differently."

Asked what would be among his priorities from now until the handing over of power to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in June 2010, Abdullah said he wanted to see the development of the five economic corridors speeded up.

[More at]