Sep 10, 2006

PM : Dr M Will Be Invited To Attend Umno General Assembly

Oh, after all this trouble?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Dr M Will Be Invited To Attend Umno General Assembly - Abdullah

HELSINKI, Sept 10 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who failed to get elected as a delegate of the Kubang Pasu Umno division, will be invited to attend the Umno General Assembly in November, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

"We invite all our party members and Tun (Mahathir) was never left out," the prime minister told Malaysian journalists on the sidelines of the Sixth Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem6) which started at the Helsinki Fair Centre here Sunday.

Abdullah arrived here Saturday to head the Malaysian delegation at the biennial meeting attended by 39 leaders of the European Union, European Commission, 10 Asean countries, Japan, China and South Korea.

Dr Mahathir, who was former Umno president and headed the Kubang Pasu Umno division for 30 years, secured 227 votes and came in ninth of the 15 candidates who contested for the seven elected delegates.

Asked what was Dr Mahathir's role in Umno following his defeat, Abdullah said the role of an Umno member was to support and ensure the success of the party's struggles and programmes initiated by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government helmed by Umno.

"This is what expected of Umno members, be they still serving or have retired (no longer holding any post) like members of the former Elected Representatives Council of Malaysia (Mubarak).

"I met them recently and all of them expressed their willingness to continue serving in whatever capacity without any post," said Abdullah, who is also Umno president and BN chairman.

Abdullah said Dr Mahathir had also been asked to head certain working groups including in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) apart from being the adviser of Petronas and Proton.

"And Tun Dr Mahathir has also established his role as chairman of the Global Peace Forum, a peace initiative," he said.

On the two Malaysians detained at the Guantanamo Bay for alleged involvement in terrorism, Abdullah said the Malaysian Embassy in Washington had been asked to contact the American authorities to ensure they were given a fair trial.

Media reports identified the detainees as Mohammad Nazir Lep and Mohd Farik Amin.


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