'I am adamant that my agenda not be mere sweet promises. The government and party that I lead have proved that we work for the rakyat and not for votes.'
His agenda? Among others, an all-out campaign against corruption - without fear or favour. And to promote a culture of zero tolerance for corruption. Lofty ideals indeed.
Those are the words of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in the 2004 Barisan Nasional's manifesto.