Mahathir to hold video conference with Umno clubs abroad


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will hold a video conference with overseas Umno clubs in Britain and Cairo from the Putra World Trade Centre during the party's general assembly on Thursday. 

The party president and Prime Minister is expected to ask the students about the situation there and give them some advice. 

Umno executive secretary Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the video conferencing would be done at a booth provided by the clubs after tea. 

He said Dr Mahathir was also expected to advise the clubs to communicate directly with the party headquarters about problems faced by students.  

“This is a just a trial. If successful we will continue to provide online access to allow them to directly communicate with us,” he said after overseeing the rehearsal for the party's general assembly next week. 

He said although Umno has a website, some students did not have time to surf it. 

“With a direct communication link, the confusion caused by rumour-mongering by the opposition can be overcome,” he said. 

Adnan said this year's assembly would also see a change as the Umno bazaar would be replaced with booths with Internet connection. 

“The booths will showcase products and services offered by bumiputra companies,” he said.  

He said Dr Mahathir would also meet representatives from foreign political parties at 3pm and representatives from the 44 overseas clubs on Thursday. 

He said the party had set up a club in Moscow recently and had received requests from students in Paris and Germany to set up such clubs. 

“They have also requested to change the clubs' structure so that it will be similar to the party's.  

“We cannot do this as they are merely clubs, but in Britain and the US, we could probably have a main club as there are too many clubs there.” 

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