Author: Paridah Abd Samad
Publisher: Partisan Publication
Datuk Seri Abdullah's persona was comparable to Kofi Annan's, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and one of the world's most popular statesmen. Like Datuk Seri Abdullah, he was looked on as an imposing moral force. Kofi Annan was not an ideologue or an academic theorist. He was a pragmatic leader who adhered to some important core values including transparency, honesty and awareness of sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. In the spirit of goodness, Annan however was battered by his ally, the White House; especially due to his defiance on the American involvement on Iraq. The completion of his term was tainted for the overblown oil for food's scandal, coupled with the mendacity and greed of his son.
Though Datuk Seri Abdullah had been labeled as gutless and unable to deliver, his political strength, intentionally or not, was his strong moral and religious values. As a full-time manager of a country, he had an intuitive sense about how far he could go in pressing and persuading different players in his cabinet and family members.
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