Dec 13, 2006

Tun Mahathir agrees to meet Soros

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to meet billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros at the end of this week.

Dr Mahathir’s aide confirmed that the meeting with Soros, who is scheduled to make his first visit to Malaysia, is on.

“The meeting will be on. He (Dr Mahathir) has agreed to it,” he said, when asked to comment on a report that Soros, who has been invited to address the London School of Economics and Political Science Alumni Society of Malaysia at a fund raising dinner in The Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur on Friday, had hinted that he might meet Dr Mahathir.

However, Dr Mahathir’s aide said details of the meeting had yet to be worked out, and a statement would be issued in a day or two.

Soros said that he and Dr Mahathir had exchanged letters and a personal meeting was planned, depending on the former premier’s health.

Dr Mahathir, who suffered a mild heart attack on Nov 9, was now apparently back in office.

In 1997, Dr Mahathir blamed the Asian financial crisis on Soros, whom he called a “moron” and later refused to meet him when the latter had indicated an interest to talk to the former premier

Nine years later, Soros said he agreed with the measures Dr Mahathir took to deal with the financial crisis.

On Friday, Soros, who graduated from the London School of Economics, will deliver a talk on Challenges to Promoting a Global Open Society.

Soros, 76, is on his trip to the region to publicise his most recent book The Age of Fallibility.

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