Grand welcome for Mahathir in Indonesia



Indonesia pulled out all the stops this week to welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, as the 92-year-old premier made his first visit to an Asean neighbour since returning to power last month.

“Indeed, our overseas tour begins in Indonesia because it is the closest country and one with familial relations,” Tun Dr Mahathir said yesterday, following bilateral talks with President Joko Widodo at Istana Bogor in West Java.

“Malaysians are not foreigners to Indonesians. In fact, many Malaysians are originally from Indonesia, including my in-laws.”

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