It Is President Obama’s Right To See Anwar Or Not

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PUTRAJAYA, April 25 – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was up to the president of the United States whether to see opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or not. “It is his (Obama) right, up to him who he wants to see, he does not even want to see me, a former prime minister,” said Dr Mahathir to reporters here, today. He was earlier asked to comment on Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s regret that Obama, who would be on a three-day official visit to Malaysia from Saturday, would not be meeting Anwar. Dr Mahathir said the government did not have the power to prevent Obama from meeting anyone, including Anwar. “If they are dissatisfied, they can go and ask Obama himself, whether we (the government) are barring Anwar from meeting him,” he said. The visit of the US president will be Obama’s first official visit to Malaysia after President Lyndon Johnson’s visit in 1966. Other than Malaysia, Obama will also visit Japan and South Korea before ending his visit to Asia, in the Philippines.

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