Dr M not out to destroy country

Dr M not out todestroy country

21 December 2006

published by thestar.com.my

Malaysia — The Government believes that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has nointention to destroy the country, Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary DatukAhmad Shabery Cheek said. 

“We have heard him and now we know what he wants and does not want,” hetold Senator Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi. 

Ahmad Shabery said the Government was always open to criticisms. 

However, this does not mean that there would be instability of politics andeconomy in the country. 

“This is how we go through changes, by accepting criticisms and variousopinions,” he said. 

THE Asean Transboundary Haze Pollution Agreement will be adopted at thecoming Asean Summit, said Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk AhmadShabery Cheek. 

He said the agreement, which was supposed to be adopted at the summit in Cebuthis month, was expected to be adopted by January next year. 

While replying to questions from Senators Ahmad Husin, Datuk Seri EmpiangJabu and Tan Bon You, Ahmad Shabery said the Indonesian President had written toPrime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the matter. 

“The President gave his full commitment to the Prime Minister to ratify theagreement as soon as possible,” he said. 

He also said the ministry had sent a Diplomatic Note to the Indonesiangovernment to state its stand on the negative effects of haze on Malaysia,Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. 

“The government has taken several measures to tackle the issue of hazethrough bilateral and various other ties. 

“The Indonesian government had also held an emergency meeting, theSub-Regional Environment Ministerial level meeting on Oct 13,” he said. 

Ahmad Shabery said the meeting had resulted in the establishment of acommittee to monitor the implementation of long-term and short-term measures toovercome the haze issue.  

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