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Tuesday March 31, 2009

Mahathir’s announcement to rejoin Umno welcomed

KOTA BARU: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has welcomed the announcement by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he would rejoin Umno.

He said the veteran statesman’s readiness to rejoin Umno showed that he loved the party.

“Umno’s doors are always open to Tun and he can be an adviser to the new leadership of the country,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Dr Ahmad Zahid was here yesterday to receive the Ahli Yang Kehormat Yang Pertama (Seri Paduka) of the Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia (SJMK) award, which carries the title “Datuk”, in conjunction with the 59th birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan, Tuanku Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra at the Istana Balai Besar.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Mustapa Mohamed described Dr Mahathir’s intention to rejoin Umno as a good sign for the unity of the Malays.

Mustapa, who is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, said he hoped Dr Mahathir would rejoin Umno soon to help strengthen not only the party but also the Government.

Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said Dr Mahathir’s announcement would have little impact on the three by-elections on April 7. — Bernama

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