Oct 22, 2006

Abdullah-Mahathir Meeting: Pak Lah Gives No Clue To Date Or Venue

No Talk, No PEACE?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Abdullah-Mahathir Meeting: Pak Lah Gives No Clue To Date Or Venue

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (Bernama) -- The guessing game on the meeting between Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continues as the prime minister declines to say anything on their meeting date and venue.

Swarmed by reporters after attending the Deepavali open house hosted by Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Abdullah kept mum to questions posed by reporters who followed him from Dewan Merdeka of the Putra World Trade Centre to his official car parked outside the hall.

Abdullah and Dr Mahathir had agreed to meet before Hari Raya Aidilfitri to discuss issues raised by the former prime minister.

Dr Mahathir had openly criticised Abdullah for reversing some of his policies including scrapping the "crooked bridge" project to replace the Johor Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore.

There are no conditions or mediators for the "four-eye" meeting.

Abdullah had confirmed that he would meet Dr Mahathir before Hari Raya. Hari Raya is expected to fall on Tuesday.

With only two days to go for Hari Raya, many are eagerly waiting when the two leaders will meet and to what extent the closed-door meeting will resolve the differences between them.

Dr Mahathir had said he would raise again the issues that he had been keeping in his heart since he left the government.

The meeting was proposed by Mubarak, the former elected representatives' council.

Abdullah wished Malaysian Indians of Hindu faith a Happy Deepavali while walking towards his car.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, ministers, corporate figures and community leaders were among the 10,000-odd guests at the open house.

-- BERNAMA


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