LONDON: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is here on a three-day working visit.
Accompanying him were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and several senior officials.
According to Malaysian High Commission officials, Dr Mahathir will meet representatives of the United Kingdom and Eire (Ireland) Council for Malaysian Students at the Malaysian High Commission here.
The premier will then tour the new Al Bukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum in Bloomsbury.
Dr Mahathir will also attend a Hari Raya open house, hosted by the Malaysian High Commission at Templewood Gardens in Camden.
He is scheduled to deliver a talk titled “Democracy in Malaysia and South-East Asia” at the Cambridge Union.
The talk in Cambridge is expected to attract well-known UK personalities and academicians, as well as students from higher learning institutions.
As part of the Malaysian government’s continued efforts in attracting foreign investments, Dr Mahathir will be attending a session with investors and industry players in the UK, organised by Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and Maybank to explore areas of cooperation to strengthen bilateral trade.
Over the last 10 years, trade between Malaysia and the UK had recorded a growth rate of 2% per annum with an annual bilateral trade ranging between RM12bil and RM17bil.
The premier is also expected to pay a visit to baby girl Ainul Mardhiah, who successfully underwent a surgery at a private hospital here to remove extragonadal germ cell tumour covering her mouth.
Later, Dr Mahathir told the Malaysian media that Malaysia supported Pakistan as the country has upped its war against money laundering.
“We decided based on the rule of law, not due to animosity.
“We admit that money laundering is a major problem and it is happening because of the borderless world that allows free flow of capital,” he said.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had called up Dr Mahathir at the Malaysian High Commission here to thank Malaysia for its support to avoid the country from being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
India had put forth a motion with FATF to blacklist Pakistan for money laundering activities linked to terrorism.
With Malaysia’s backing, Pakistan now also has the support China and Turkey. — Bernama