Dr Mahathir starts work at foundation


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003

BERITA HARIAN and Utusan Malaysia carried a report on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first day at his new workplace. 

After a two-week vacation, the former Prime Minister arrived at Perdana Leadership Foundation, Precinct 7 in Putrajaya at 8am on Monday. 

Upon arriving, he went straight to his office on the second floor accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. 

BRAND NEW: Entrance hall of the Perdana Leadership Foundation, which is Dr Mahathir's new workplace.

When met by reporters, he said the foundation was not built just for him. 

“This foundation is built for all Prime Ministers and to record down all the contributions made by previous Prime Ministers,” he said, adding that the foundation was also a research centre.  

The foundation is chaired by Petronas chairman Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin, with a board of trustees comprising representatives of private companies responsible for its setting up. 

Asked why he did not take a longer break, Dr Mahathir said: ”This is not really work, and besides, I would end up sitting at home doing nothing otherwise.” 

In another report, Utusan Malaysia said the Government would revoke education aid to Malaysian students studying overseas who were found to be involved in unregistered student societies. 

The daily quoted Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad as saying that the ministry would withdraw the sponsorships.  

“If any student is found to be a member of unregistered societies, the scholarship would be revoked for breaching the rules stated in the contract,” he said in response to a letter published in Utusan Malaysia, which claimed that academicians furthering their studies overseas were involved in activities that tarnished the image of the Government. 

The letter writer cited an example in Britain, where academicians were actively recruiting new students to join the Hizbi group set up by a Malaysian opposition party.  

Musa said students were not allowed to get involved with organisations that had political ties.  

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