Jun 12, 2009

Tun Mahathir : No reason for Kuan Yew to see me

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he does not see any reason for Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to meet with him. He was asked by reporters on the possibility of him meeting Lee, who is in the country for an eight-day visit.
“I don’t see why he would request to see me – I am a nobody,” he told reporters when pressed further on should there be a request from Lee to see him.

(Malaysiakini) Sarcasm oozed out of every pore when reporters posed a question pertaining to Singaporean Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The 84-year-old statesman was asked if he would meet the Singaporean behemoth, who is a year older, if the latter requested for a meeting with him.

Lee is currently on an eight-day visit to Malaysia.

Mahathir said even if the former Singaporean premier requested a meeting, he would not meet him, and on the same note, added that he saw no reason why Lee would consider such a thing.

"No, I don't see why he would request to see me. I am nobody," he said.

On Lee meeting with Malaysian opposition leaders, Mahathir replied that he could meet anyone he likes.

"He has a lot of experience. Our politicians know nothing, so that is why we have to learn from Singapore.

"Singapore is a great country, it invests so much money (in Malaysia)," he said.

During Mahathir's 22-year reign, bilateral ties between the two neighbouring states was often on the rocks.

However, the relationship became rosier after Abdullah Ahmad Badawi succeeded Mahathir in 2003, a development which the latter sarcastically attributed to the new premier's penchant for playing golf.

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