An Era of Openness.
On the 30th of October 2003, Abdullah Badawi assumed the post of the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He took over from Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir was well-known not only for his hard-hitting speech but his sarcasm and bluntness. Mahathir was also known for his little tolerance to Opposition. Thus, the population was relieved when he handed over power to Abdullah.