Aug 23, 2006

Is Dr Mahathir Invited To Join Asean EPG?

Wow, Eminent Persons Group for Tun Mahathir.

Extracted from BERNAMA
Is Dr Mahathir Invited To Join Asean EPG?

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 (Bernama) -- Can Asean tap the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's 22 years experience in nation building and regional intiatives through the Eminent Persons Group (EPG)?

That's the mind-boggling question for Asean diplomats who believe the expertise of the man who was once instrumental in steering Malaysia's development should be utilised for the benefit of the regional grouping.

EPG comprises of highly distinguished and well respected citizens from Asean member nations with the mandate to analyse and provide practical recommendations on directions and the future of the Asean chapter relevant to the regional community.

"I can't comment on that," EPG chairman Tun Musa Hitam told Bernama when asked on the matter.

Musa neither confirmed nor denied on the possibility and whether if there was such proposal from Asean diplomats.

"I have to go now, I can't make any comment on that matter," he said when pressed further.

Apart from Musa, the other members of Asean's EPG -- Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng (Brunei), Dr Aun Porn Moniroth (Cambodia), Ali Alatas (Indonesia), Khamphan Simmalavong (Laos), Dr Than Nyun (Myanmar), Fidel Ramos (the Philippines), Prof. S. Jayakumar (Singapore), Kasemsamosorn Kasemsri (Thailand) and Nguyen Manh Cam (Vietnam).


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