"It's Domestic Development, Silly"

Malaysia's Mahathir built roads. Successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's focus will be on human capital, says government adviser Noordin Sopiee

When Malaysians go to the polls on Mar. 21 in national elections, the United Malays National Organization, the party of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is expected to win. Badawi, who succeeded Mahathir Mohamad when he stepped down last Oct. 31 after 22 years in power, has proven to be a serious reformer intent on cracking down on corruption (see BW, 3/29/04, "Malaysia's Mr. Nice Guy Is One Tough Cookie"). His actions have helped bring much-needed foreign investment to Malaysia.

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