Oct 23, 2006

Chronology Relating To Spats Between Dr Mahathir And Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met Sunday after months of public spats between them.

It all started when the former premier raised several issues, including the issuance of approved permits and the fate of national car manufacturer, Proton.

The government's explanations failed to satisfy Dr Mahathir.

The conflict heightened after Abdullah on April 12 announced the cancellation of the bridge project to replace the Johor Causeway.

Following are the chronology of events after the bridge project was scrapped.

* April 27 - Dr Mahathir gave a 16-point reasoning for the bridge's construction after he could not accept the government's reasoning for calling off the project.

* May 14 - Dr Mahathir said his opinion differed with the government's only on the bridge's cancellation.

* May 28 - Abdullah met Dr Mahathir in Tokyo but no issues were discussed.

* June 9 - Dr Mahathir criticised Abdullah's administration and said that he was only seeking answers to his earlier questions.

* July 14 - Dr Mahathir hurled allegations over the cancellation of the bridge project, forcing the government to declassify several confidential documents and made them public.

* July 19 - Abdullah said he had no problems with Dr Mahathir despite the latter's criticisms.

* July 25 - Dr Mahathir admitted that Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Khalil Yaakob met him. Khalil was said to be the mediator between Abdullah and Dr Mahathir.

* July 28 - There were talks that Dr Mahathir wanted to be prime minister again but he flatly denied this.

* July 28 - Dr Mahathir was attacked by pepper spray on his visit to Kelantan.

* Aug 8 - Dr Mahathir again denied talks that he was eyeing the prime minister's post.

* Aug 9 - Dr Mahathir said he would continue to seek answers from the government, two days after Abdullah appeared in a television interview to refute allegations of nepotism and cronyism.

* Aug 11 - Perak Ex-Elected Reps Association (Mubarak) planned to arrange a meeting between Abdullah and Dr Mahathir to settle their differences.

* Aug 13 - Abdullah refused to comment on a remark by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz that Dr Mahathir's incessant attacks on the government were aimed at bringing him down.

* Sept 11 - Dr Mahathir, who failed in his bid to be a Kubang Pasu Umno division delegate to the party's general assembly in November, blamed it on corruption.

* Sept 12 - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak asked Dr Mahathir to lodge a complaint with the Umno disciplinary committee on his allegation of corruption in the Kubang Pasu election.

* Oct 18 - Abdullah and Dr Mahathir agreed to meet before Aidilfitri.

* Oct 22 - They met at the prime minister's official residence in Putrajaya.

-- BERNAMA

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