Mar 26, 09 11:58am
Outgoing prime minister and Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has apologised for his weaknesses and imperfections.
“In my years of public service, there have been times that I have erred. I too have not been able to fulfill my promises,” he told delegates in his opening address at the Umno 59th general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
“For all my mistakes and all my shortcomings, it has never been my intent to waver from the responsibilities of serving my people and my country to the best of my abilities.
“Only the Almighty is perfect. I acknowledge here that the weaknesses and imperfections are my own and today, I seek your forgiveness. I have tried to carry out my responsibilities with sincerity and honesty,” he added.
The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to God for having placed him in this noble position. “I pray that the Almighty will bless me so that I have peace of mind and soul,” he said.
Abdullah also acknowledged the contributions of his colleagues in Umno and Barisan Nasional, friends in the administrations and Malaysians in general.
Abdullah who took over the reins in 2003 is scheduled to hand over the reins to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak after the Umno assembly.