Oct 25, 2006

Dr M Preferred For A Third Party To Be Present, Says Mubarak Member

Dr M Preferred For A Third Party To Be Present, Says Mubarak Member

PENDANG, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Although the four-eyed meeting between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Sunday appeared to show their sincerity, the former Prime Minister had actually wanted the presence a reliable third party, said Datuk Othman Abdul, a Mubarak member who played a key role in arranging the meeting.

The former Member of Parliament said that it was only after much persuasion that Dr Mahathir agree to the one-to-one pow-wow.

"Dr Mahathir did not show a favourable reaction when Mubarak (Council of Former Elected Representatives) told him of the type of meeting preferred by Pak Lah (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi)," said Othman when met by Bernama at his home in Kampung Paya Kerchut near here Tuesday.

According to him, Dr Mahathir gave a number of reasons why it was important that a reliable third person should be present.

He said that Dr Mahathir also stated that the meeting was not for the purposes of apologies by either side as no one had done the other wrong and he just wanted to meet Abdullah to air his grievances and give him some advice.

However, Othman said that he and other members of Mubarak overall saw the meeting between them as a success and a meaningful gift for Malaysians.

-- BERNAMA

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