KUALA TERENGGANU, 16 Jan 2009: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will table the bill on the police force and enforcement agencies at the Dewan Rakyat sitting next month.
The prime minister said today the bill was the last of three on reforms to three institutions, namely the judiciary, Anti-Corruption Agency and the police, which he had earlier promised.
“These three bills are very important to our people. People thought that that Pak Lah cannot do it, that it’s very difficult, Pak Lah cannot do it. But I said, never mind, we’ll do it because it’s for the people.
“They said many things to hurt me. But a leader must not feel hurt, you must be concerned. You cannot take things to heart or you won’t be able to do your job,” he told the Chinese community here today.
Abdullah said the successful tabling of the other two bills – the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Judicial Appointments bills – and their subsequent passing by Parliament showed the government’s determination to implement reform.
He said that despite the obstructions encountered before the tabling of the bills, the government persevered because it wanted to fight corruption and enhance transparency.
“If there is opposing opinion we have to deal with it. The Opposition is being the Opposition. They oppose and we have to defend ourselves,” he said.
He also promised to implement all the reforms promised even after retiring.
Abdullah, who arrived in Terengganu yesterday, ended his visit by having breakfast with the Chinese voters in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary constituency who will go to the polls tomorrow.
Yesterday, he performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the maternity specialist complex and psychiatry complex of the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here and met youths in the state. — Bernama