Abdullah Ahmad Badawi cannot be challenged
When Abdullah took over the country's administration, he stopped the Johor-Singapore bridge project, he stopped the East Coast Highway project, he stopped the Ipoh-Rawang double track rail electrification project. He asked the people to focus on agriculture instead.
Then, former premier Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said that Abdullah is slowing down Malaysia's economic growth. Statistics showed that the foreign direct investments (FDI) into Malaysia is dropping. The country's rankings fell, in the aspect of university ranking, economic ranking, corruption perception index ranking, competitiveness ranking and flawed democracy index.
All these are big challenges to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who cannot be challenged. And so, to prove that he is not slowing down the economy, he woke up from his sleep. Within these few weeks, Malaysians were shown various supermega multi-billion ringgit projects by his evasive government. The RM3 billion Second Penang Bridge project was announced in such a rush manner (never mind that the project draft plan was completed in less than 3 weeks without any call for tender).
RM100 billion will be spent to create the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) - also known as the Iskandar Development Region. It is OK if the Singapore-Johor bridge project is cancelled or Disneyland does not want to come to Johor. Abdullah has the SJER to show that "I am in control".
Then, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced a RM400 million project for the new National Palace project. Again, it was announced in such a rush manner and the project was awarded to an unknown company.
Then, Abdullah announced a RM9 billion undersea power cable link project, to link Sarawak's Bakun hydroelectric power dam to the Peninsular. And one wonders why there's a need to build a coal-powered power plant in Sabah that will costs another RM200 million?
Then, the state government of Melaka announced a RM21 million observation tower project in the central of the historical Melaka town, much to the objection of the residents and taxpayers.
Then, in the racist UMNO annual general assembly, the premier announced that RM600 million will be distributed among the UMNO head of divisions for the country's development and this money must be spent within the next 6 weeks.
Earlier, his government had announced a useless RM490 million sports complex project in London. Then, his government announced a RM320 million project to build a resource centre for Bank Negara Malaysia. The project was given to an unknown company again.
Next, his government made the announcement to build a RM30 million Ferris wheel in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 attractions. The "Eye on Malaysia" ferris wheel will be similar to the "Eye of London" wheel in central London, United Kingdom.
Indeed, the premier cannot be challenged at all. Otherwise, more stupid projects will be announced. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi already announced projects worth over RM1 trillion in total, including the most embarassing 9th Malaysia Plan.