OCT 31: Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi takes over as
Malaysia's fifth prime minister.
DEC 11: The controversial
RM14.5bil railway double-track-
ing project is postponed.
JAN 6: Datuk Seri Najib Tun
Razak is named Deputy Prime
MARCH 21: After the shortest
campaign period in history,
Barisan Nasional wins a landslide
victory in the 11th General
Election, taking 198 out of 219
parliamentary seats. Barisan also
recaptures Terengganu from PAS.
MARCH 27: Abdullah announces
his first Cabinet with 14 new
faces and three new ministries:
Natural Resources and
Environment, Federal Territories
and Higher Education.
APRIL 23: Abdullah launches the
five-year National Integrity Plan
(NIP) aimed at promoting an
accountable and corrupt-free
JULY 18: Abdullah wins the Umno
SEPT 10: Abdullah presents his
first Budget as head of the
Government and Finance
SEPT 23: Abdullah launches the
Islam Hadhari (Civilisational
Islam) concept in his opening
address at the Umno general
OCT31: Pak Lah completes his
first year as Prime Minister and
identified his biggest challenge:
the need to change the mindset of
the people in implementing
projects and decisions.
DEC 26: Several states are struck
by the Indian Ocean tsunami that
was triggered by a massive earth-
quake off the coast of Sumatra.
Pak Lah cancelled his leave to
return to the country.
FEB 2: Abdullah talks of building
Malays into "towering" personalities. He said the towering Malays
would be well-rounded people
who have developed a high intellect and value system, a successful career, good economic standing and a well-respected culture
APRIL 24: Malaysia and Singapore
sign a Settlement Agreement,
bringing an end to the dispute
over the republic's land reclamation in the Straits of Johor.
MAY 13: The Royal commission to
Enhance the Operation and
Management of the Royal
Malaysia Police recommends that
an Independent Police Complaints
and Misconduct Commission be
set up to oversee the force and
deal with misconduct.
JULY 21: Malaysia removes its
currency peg to the US dollar for
a managed float against a basket
of trade-weighted currencies.
OCT 20: Abdullah's wife Datin
Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, 64,
dies after a long battle with breast
APRIL 12: Malaysia cancels the
bridge to replace the Causeway.
OCT 22: Abduliah and Dr Mahathir
meet for a face-to-face meeting
for the first time since the latter's
controversial criticism of the
Prime Minister's policies,
NOV 4: The South Johor Economic
Region, officially named as
Iskandar Development Region,
was launched at Danga Bay in
JAN 16: Abdullah launches the
National Education Blueprint
2006-2010, a comprehensive five
year plan that aimed to level the
playing field in education for all
FEB 7: A special task force called
Special Task Force to Facilitate
Business, or Pemudah, to smooth
out kinks in the government delivery system and cut red tape, is
MARCH 31: Abdullah tables the
RM220bil Ninth Malaysia Plan in
MAY 21: Abdullah announces a
pay increase of between 7.5% and
35% for the country's more than
one million government employees effective July 1.
JUNE 9: Abdullah marries Datin
Seri Jeanne Abdullah.
JULY 30: Abdullah launches the
RM177bil Northern Corridor
AUG 27: Abdullah launches the
National Higher Education
Strategic Plan and the National
Higher Education Action Plan
2007-2010 aimed at producing
better quality graduates.
SEPT 25: The Government
announces the formation of an .
independent panel to check the
authenticity of a video clip purportedly showing lawyer Datuk V.
K. Lingam brokering the appointment and promotion of judges
with a senior judge.
OCT 29: Pak Lah launches the East
Coast Economic Region in Kuala
NOV 25: The Hindu Rights Action
Force holds a demonstration, forcing the police to use tear gas and
water cannons to disperse the
FEB 11: Abdullah launches the
Sarawak Corridor of Renewable
Energy in Bintulu.
FEB 13: Parliament is dissolved to
pave the way for the 12th general
election. Nomination day was
fixed for Feb 24 and polling day on
MARCH 8: Barisan gets its worst
election results in history, losing
five states to the Opposition and
its two-thirds majority by winning
only 140 parliamentary seats out
MARCH 10: Abdullah is sworn in
as Prime Minister for a second
MARCH 14: Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu
is announced as the new Perlis
Mentri Besar. Former MB Datuk
Seri Shahidan Kassim had been
MARCH 18: Abdullah unveils a
MARCH 22: Datuk Ahmad Said is
announced as the new Mentri
Besar of Terengganu instead of
Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, which was
Barisan's original choice.
APRIL 17: Abdullah announces a
proposal to form a Judicial
Appointments Commission and
the giving of goodwill ex-gratia
payments to six judges who were
sacked during the 1988 judicial
MAY 9: The findings of the Royal
Commission on the controversial
Datuk V.K. Lingam showed that
the clip was authentic. It identified former Chief Justice Tun
Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim
as the person talking to Lingam on
MAY 23:The International Court
of Justice rules that Singapore has
sovereignty over the disputed
Pulau Batu Puteh while Malaysia
owns Middle Rock.
JUNE 6: Abdullah announces cost
cutting measures, aimed at saving
JULY 10: Abdullah announces
that he will step down as
Prime Minister in June 2010
and hand over power to Najib.
SEPT 10: Then Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin
Yassin calls on Abdullah to
rethink his transition plan to
step down by 2010 as the time
frame was too long.
SEPT 17: Abdullah and
Najib swap portfolios
as part of the transition plan. Abdullah
is the new Defence
Najib has taken
over the Finance
Yong Teck Lee also
announces that his party is
pulling out of Barisan
Nasional but will not be
joining Pakatan Rakyat.
OCT 8: Abdullah says he
will step down as Prime
Minister and Umno president in March and support Najib to take over.
DEC 17: The Dewan
Rakyat passes the Judicial
MARCH 1: The
comes into being.
MARCH 10: The
unveiles a fisca~
package amounting to RM60bil, the largest ever, with an aim to prevent the countyr from slipping into a recession.
MARCH 23: The Witness Protection Bil is passed by the Dewan Rakyat.
APRIL: Abudllah has an audience with Yang di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin to seek consent to resign as Prime Minister and for Najib to take over.
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