DAYS AFTER DINING AT MAT SABU’S HOUSE, DR M TAKES HIS FIRST STEP INTO DAP’S HQ

KUALA LUMPUR — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad went today to the DAP’s headquarters here for the first time in history for a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting.

DAP news site Roketkini.com uploaded several photographs of the visit of the former prime minister and once-rival of DAP to the party headquarters in the city.

“Former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, comes to the DAP’s national headquarters for the first time in history today to attend a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting,” said Roketkini.

Ex-Umno president Dr Mahathir has set up a Malay-centric party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and is now leading the federal Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan comprising his party, PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:

Dr M takes historic step into DAP headquarters

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who for 22 years as prime minister had demonised DAP, today set foot at the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

He was there along with other top Pakatan Harapan leaders for the coalition’s weekly presidential council meeting.

From photographs released by DAP organs The Rocket and RocketKini, Mahathir is seen in a meeting room with a large rocket – the DAP logo – as the backdrop.

Mahathir, who is Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson, was flanked by PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Wan Azizah is also Harapan president, while Lim is one of the coalition’s three deputy presidents.

Following the unveiling of Harapan’s official lineup in July, the coalition’s presidential council meeting have met weekly.

The weekly meetings are hosted at the headquarters of PKR, Bersatu, Amanah or DAP on a rotational basis.

However, this is the first time that the Harapan presidential council meeting has taken place at the DAP headquarters since Mahathir became its chairperson.

Mahathir, who is now allied with the opposition to take down Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, had said his demonisation of DAP in the past was just “politics.”

He said that demonising political opponents was normal, and that the opposition had in the past also called him “mahafiraun” (great pharoah) and “mahazalim” (most cruel).

Mahathir has vowed to bring down the sitting prime minister, accusing him of corruption.

Najib, however, has denied any wrongdoing or taking public funds for personal gain.

ACCORDING to FMT:

Dr M’s dinner date with Mat Sabu stirs excitement among neighbours

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Dr Mahathir arriving at Mat Sabu’s house in Section 19, Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: The neighbourhood where Mohamad Sabu lives saw a minor commotion last night when several police squad cars pulled up in front of the Amanah president’s house.

Neighbours wondered whether the outspoken opposition leader had, once again, landed himself in trouble with the authorities.

The tension, however, soon turned to merriment when onlookers realised the security detail was there to accompany former prime minister and Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, who were visiting Mat Sabu, his popular moniker, and his family.

Amanah and Mahathir’s party PPBM are members of PH, which also includes PKR and DAP.

And as usual when playing host to his guests, Mat Sabu donned an apron – suitably dyed in Amanah’s orange colour – and turned cook.

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Mat Sabu dishing up one of his favourites for the visit by Dr Mahathir and his wife to his house (Pic: Mohd Nazri Abdullah)

His range of dishes was modest – mutton rice, salad, fried mutton nampla, curry chicken and fried salted fish, he told FMT in relating the visit by Mahathir, his one-time nemesis who sent him into detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) when they were in Umno and PAS, respectively.

Mat Sabu said the visit was suggested by Abdul Malik Mydin, the Penang-born swimmer who became the first man from Southeast Asia to swim across the English Channel in 2003.

“I said my house was small. If we eat there, I will cook as I don’t have the money to cater.”

Malik responded that it was not a problem, so Mat Sabu and his family began their preparations for the visit without letting the public know of it.

Mat Sabu said that only he, his family members, and a close friend were in the house to receive Mahathir and Siti Hasmah.

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Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah getting ready for the dinner with Mat Sabu and his family members. (Pic: Mohd Nazri Abdullah)

He noted, however, that last night was not the first time the police came to his house.

“Perhaps my neighbours thought I was going to be arrested again,” said an amused Mat Sabu, who was detained twice under the ISA during Mahathir’s administration.

“When the neighbours found that Tun was here, they gathered outside the house to take pictures. I called them inside to take their pictures. It was then that my political secretary quipped that my dinner with Mahathir could no longer be kept secret,” he laughed.

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Neighbours of Mat Sabu surrounding Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah on their arrival at Mat Sabu’s house.

Mat Sabu said Mahathir spent two hours in his house, and they talked mostly about their families and very little on politics.

“I told Dr Mahathir that the house was bought for RM90,000 during my time in detention. I also introduced to him my son who was born during my detention,” he added.

Mat Sabu, 62, had represented PAS as the MP for Nilam Puri, Kubang Kerian and Kuala Kedah during Mahathir’s premiership.

– Malay Mail/ Mkini / FMT

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