Oct 19, 2006

Dr Mahathir Has No Conditions For Proposed Meeting With Abdullah

Extracted from BERNAMA
Dr Mahathir Has No Conditions For Proposed Meeting With Abdullah

JITRA, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not setting any conditions for the proposed meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi before Aidilfitri.

"I have no conditions for the meeting with Pak Lah, but please let me know two days beforehand. Don't let me know the same day the meeting is to be held, and also there are only about five days left," he told reporters when commenting on the Prime Minister's readiness to meet him.

Dr Mahathir was met after breaking fast with the people at the Kampung Naga Mosque near here Wednesday.

The former prime minister was accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and son, Datuk Mukhriz

Dr Mahathir set the ball rolling in Langkawi yesterday when he expressed his willingness to meet Abdullah to resolve their strained relationship over issues he had raised, including the scrapping of the scenic bridge project to replace the Johor causeway.

"If I'm informed late it would be difficult because I have my own programmes which are quite difficult to cancel at the eleventh hour. I will be here for the rest of this Ramadan, I am not going anywhere," he said.

Dr Mahathir said that he would inform the Prime Minister what he had told the Malaysian Council of Former State Assemblymen (Mubarak), but was not ready to disclose them.

"Let's wait. Who knows, I might be afraid to talk about it then," he said amidst laughter from the people mingling around him.

Asked whether he would attend the Umno General Assembly in November, he said he would if he was invited by the party president.

Dr Mahathir also gave out rice, batik and pelikat sarongs, clothing and cash to 40 needy people at the mosque.


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