Dr M hosts Sahoca gathering

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2003

PUTRAJAYA: About 500 members of the Sultan Abdul Hamid Old Collegians Association (Sahoca) and their families held their annual gathering at Seri Perdana, the official residence of the Prime Minister yesterday. 

Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is Sahoca president, joked in his speech that if Sahoca members come to Seri Perdana for their gathering next year, he would not be the host. 

“I will not be the host because otherwise I will have to pay (for the gathering),” he said amid applause from the crowd. 

CELEBRATION: Dr Mahathir reading the words on the cake presented to him at the Sahoca gathering at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya Friday. Looking on are Dr Siti Hasmah and Syed Abd Jabar.

Dr Mahathir is stepping down as Prime Minister in October. 

Present at the gathering was his wife Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. 

The guests presented a birthday cake to the Prime Minister, who celebrated his 77th birthday last month. 

Dr Mahathir said he was happy to see new and old faces at the gathering, although he did not know some of them. 

Sahoca chairman Datuk Syed Abd Jabar Shahabudin said the gathering was the third to be held at Seri Perdana.  

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