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Monday, October 23, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Chit-Chat: Pak Lah & Dr. M Meeting Reports

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Late-breaking news item...

The Star has just released a couple of news reports and four videos surrounding the meeting between Dr. M and Pak Lah, which took place at 3pm on Sunday, October 22, 2006. The meeting was held at Pak Lah's official residence in Putrajaya.

In Dr M: I had my say, the first report, a summary of the former Prime Minister's reaction to the meeting is provided. This is elaborated in the three videos of the press conference with Dr. M, held later in the same day, at Dr. M's residence, plus a video report by The Star, which can be viewed online from the news item. Alternatively, you can view them here on myAsylum (in the full post).

The Star has also included the transcript of the press conference.

The meeting was reported to be cordial, and was a one-on-one between the current and former prime ministers, without anyone else in attendance.
(videos of The Star report, and Dr. M's reaction, in the full post)

The Star Report

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Tun Dr. Mahathir's Reaction (1)

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Tun Dr. Mahathir's Reaction (2)

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Tun Dr. Mahathir's Reaction (3)

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Walski's commentary: The actual result of this meeting will only be known during or after Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. The only certainty is that Tun Dr. Mahathir, if the need arises, will continue his criticism of the government. As of the time of this posting, no other political figure, including Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has made any statements in the press. In all likelihood, there will be statements of relief, statements of disbelief, as well as statements of grief (whch Walski expects to possibly come from PAS). Meanwhile, a fictitious sandiwara-style dialog prediction made by Walski's buddy Howsy, should be checked out for comic relief. Surprisingly, some of it actually sounds plausible!

Backgrounder reading: Bernama has published a chronology of events surrounding the spat between Pak Lah and Dr. M - a quick refresher on what's happened when (since the Malaysian public has a notoriously short memory).

More to come out of this meeting in the coming days, Walski quite certain...