A Malaysian budget for re-election

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi proposes a budget that emphasises spending -- a move that surely will help him rebuilt political goodwill amidst attacks from his predecessor Mahathir Mohammed.

Malaysia unveiled a budget that will probably go down well with the populace, emphasising development spending and corporate tax breaks that has some analysts wondering if the prime minister plans to call elections next year.

ôPrime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi unveiled a 2007 budget that looks designed to boost his popularity in the face of a stiff challenge from his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohammed,ö says Tim Condon, a Singapore-based analyst at ING.

Abdullah, who is also finance minister, notes...

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