Friday November 10, 2006
Ungku Aziz: Why Pak Lah is different from others
KUALA LUMPUR: Three factors distinguish Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from his four illustrious predecessors, said Royal Professor Ungku Aziz.
He said Abdullah was the first Prime Minister to declare an unambiguous priority for the dejected rural people, as compared with the others who relegated this to a lesser position in favour of industrial development.
Ungku Aziz said the second factor was that, in line with his noble aim, Abdullah was making a game attempt to redress the imbalance of rural poverty.
"Thirdly, unlike some people who melepas batuk di tangga (are superficial), Abdullah has sincerely and boldly come out in favour of genuine national unity embracing all races," he said in his speech at the launch of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair at Universiti Malaya.
Abdullah was a former student of the university more than 40 years ago.