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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
عبدالله بن حاج بدوي

S.M.N. D.K (Pahang, Johor)
5th Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
31 October 2003 â€“ 3 April 2009
Monarch Sirajuddin
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Deputy Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Preceded by Mahathir Mohamad
Succeeded by Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Constituency Kepala Batas
8th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
29 January 1999 â€“ 31 October 2003
Monarch Salahuddin
Sirajuddin
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
Preceded by Anwar Ibrahim
Succeeded by Najib Razak
Constituency Kepala Batas
22nd Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office
31 October 2003 â€“ 15 September 2006
Preceded by Mahathir Mohamad
Succeeded by Fidel Castro
Personal details
Born Abdullah bin Ahmad
(1939-11-26) 26 November 1939 (age 77)
Bayan Lepas, Penang, Straits Settlement (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Spouse(s) Endon Mahmood (1965–2005)
Jeanne Abdullah (2007–present)
Children 4 (2 stepchildren)
Alma mater University of Malaya
Religion Sunni Islam

We have also set up the national institute for ethics. This institute and also the implementation of the national integrity plan, that will certainly do the follow up that is necessary for this.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I just picked up golf, it was good, give me a chance to play golf.
But I have always said that it's important we must make sure that justice is at all time be maintained.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Sometimes children do forget their filial responsibilities.
I believe it is an important project, it makes the cost of doing business lower and they will make us more competitive at the same time, it will also provide some satisfaction to the people who demand services for them of the quality they want and also quickly.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I always said that you can use the same vehicle although the driver will change, or the same vehicle to go for the race. It's a different driver, this is exactly what's happening to the cabinet.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Of course education becomes very very important and that's for our human resource development.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Very old fashioned to say that they will be well behaved but I think it's very important.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I am quite a spendthrift but just being careful because my family was not rich, was not a rich family.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
When she was in United States, we maintained contact, we talked to each other on the phone, almost every night. And there was one occasion I tried to fix this video conferencing but somehow it did not come out very well enough so better to talk on the phone.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
You can't have too much of everything, you must have a balance, that's very important.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
We have been given a role to play. We have been asked to provide, to give lectures on the role of Islamic development and the way we do it here, so the people who are Muslims there would understand what the role of Islam is.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Well, there are other aspects, I still command very good support in the party.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
We go fish, we also catch fighting fish, looking for birds and it was for kampong people, the paddy field was our the play field for the children.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
As a child, the paddy field was my playground.
So when I had to make a decision whether I would like to do honors degree course in Islamic studies and Malay studies too, so I thought Islamic studies would be good.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I have always been interested in politics. I was in the student union before, very active.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
So I went to English school, secondary English school, so forget going to Mecca for my religious education.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
The idea is that they wouldn't want to deal with militant Islam but an Islam and Muslims who are committed to progress, committed to development, who like peace and are moderate in their ways. So that's what we are doing here.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I will be happy with certainly when the corruption index improve.
We have followed a path of moderation, development is our priority, national unity, good community relations, Muslims and non Muslims, this is what has given us the advantage.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
We have now recently launched the national integrity plan.