I'm Thinking Of Work, Not Elections, Says Abdullah
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 8 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today he has not thought about the general elections as he was focusing attention to honour the promises made in the last general election.
"I'm not thinking (about the general election). What I'm thinking now is about work. There's a lot of work now.
"Promises made to the people in the last general election are being implemented," he told a news conference after accompanying the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who visited the Prime Minister's Department here today.
Abdullah, who has the parliamentary mandate until April 2009, was asked whether the stability prevailing in the country now had prompted him to consider calling for an early election.
Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, said he was glad with the positive developments in the country's economic indicators, including strengthening of the ringgit against the US dollar.
"There are still other aspects that I hope can improve further. We cannot expect everything to turn out good suddenly," he said.
Abdullah said the Government would continue to improve the country's economic performance besides focusing attention on the people's well-being.
"We are not taking an indifferent attitude. We are aware and understand the people's anxieties and difficulties. Efforts will be made (to address the hardship).
"We mean business. We are serious. I promised before and I will honour my promises stage by stage," he said.
Abdullah said the people were witnessing and enjoying economic growth while the local stock market was showing improved performance.
"With our international trade volume performance touching more than RM1 trillion, I want this achievement to be improved further or at least be maintained at the high performance level," he said.
To a question on whether the Ringgit's appreciation would render the country less competitive, Abdullah said such a problem does not arise.
Asked whether his proposal to increase civil servants' retirement age to 60 would be enforced this year and implemented selectively, the prime minister said the government was listening to the people's reactions on the matter.
"We will take into account the views expressed," he added.