Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pak Lah has no problem with being backbencher

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today said he has no problem returning to Parliament as a backbencher.

"I have been a backbencher before, no problem," Abdullah told reporters at the centenary celebration of the Malaysian Scouts movement here.

"When you refuse to accept changes and begin to talk and do things which are not right and not proper, that is when you are going to create problems," he added.

Abdullah had previously promised not to interfere in the administration of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

During his premiership Abdullah had to endure various attacks from his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

When asked about the new appointments in Umno made by Najib, Abdullah said he welcomed Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the new Penang Umno chief and was confident that Barisan Nasional would be able to capture the state from Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election.

He refused to comment on other appointments.

"I have expressed before my intention to step down as Penang Umno chief," said the Kepala Batas Umno chief.

Abdullah also said that the BN unity in Penang could still be improved.

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