Year 2003OCT 31: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi takes over as Malaysia's fifth prime minister.
DEC 11: The controversial RM14.5bil railway double-track- ing project is postponed.
Year 2004JAN 6: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is named Deputy Prime Minister.
MARCH 21: After the shortest campaign period in history, Barisan Nasional wins a landslide victory in the 11th General Election, taking 198 out of 219 parliamentary seats. Barisan also recaptures Terengganu from PAS.
MARCH 27: Abdullah announces his first Cabinet with 14 new faces and three new ministries: Natural Resources and Environment, Federal Territories and Higher Education.
APRIL 23: Abdullah launches the five-year National Integrity Plan (NIP) aimed at promoting an accountable and corrupt-free society.
JULY 18: Abdullah wins the Umno presidency unopposed.
SEPT 10: Abdullah presents his first Budget as head of the Government and Finance Minister.
SEPT 23: Abdullah launches the Islam Hadhari (Civilisational Islam) concept in his opening address at the Umno general assembly.
OCT31: Pak Lah completes his first year as Prime Minister and identified his biggest challenge: the need to change the mindset of the people in implementing projects and decisions.
DEC 26: Several states are struck by the Indian Ocean tsunami that was triggered by a massive earth-
quake off the coast of Sumatra. Pak Lah cancelled his leave to return to the country.