"Well, taking into consideration the time factor, also the problems that I have faced and the deficit that I had to reduce, what I have achieved today in the third year as prime minister, I have reason to be happy."But Abdullah said in his interview with Bangkok Post here he wants to focus on the so-called National Mission that will take the country to Vision 2020. We are talking at least three terms here, I think.
The one they didn't coach him to say.
"There are many people who are clever people but who are cheats. Who are rogues. Who abuse power. Who are corrupt. I don't want that. If you are clever, you must be a good man."I have a feeling he is talking about someone close to him. One of his advisers, perhaps?
... on Southern Thailand.
Abdullah Badawi expressed confidence that Surayud will succeed in achieving peace in Southern Thailand. On Dr Mahathir's role as mediator? The question was probably not asked. The PM won't answer questions on an Aljazeera and analyst reports that the Southern Thai insurgents will change tactics and attack tourist destinations.
[Read the Bangkok Post's piece here]