Nov 9, 2006

Tun Mahathir will Attend the Opening Of Umno General Assembly

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will attend the opening of the Umno General Assembly on Nov 15.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said Wednesday the former prime minister and former Umno president has accepted the party's invitation for him to attend the opening ceremony.

"Tun (Dr Mahathir) replied yesterday that he and his wife (Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali) will attend," he told reporters.

He said Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah would be seated in the front row facing the stage, along with the other guests.

Asked whether Dr Mahathir would be given the opportunity to address the assembly, Radzi said: "That is not an issue anymore."

The Umno General Assembly will begin with a briefing for delegates by Umno President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday, which will be followed by the simultaneous opening of the Umno Youth, Wanita Umno and Puteri Umno assemblies at 8 pm the same day.

These three wings of the party would continue with their meeting the following day.

The Umno assembly proper would be opened on Nov 15 and would continue until Nov 17.

A total of 4,959 delegates are scheduled to attend -- 2,554 the Umno General Assembly, 798 the Umno Youth assembly, 800 the Wanita Umno assembly and 798 the Puteri Umno assembly.

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