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May 1 -15, 2000


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IN THIS ISSUE

Love Bug virus wreaks havoc

UMNO committed to democracy

Mahathir says he might resign ... again

No rift with Daim, says Mahathir

Riot police disperse illegal assemblies

Police recover missing person

Police introduce sex education programme

It was self-inflicted, say Sanusi supporters

FEATURE: UMNO Assembly

UMNO committed to eradicating corruption

UMNO committed to Youth

UMNO committed to scandalizing Anwar

UMNO committed to the Malay Agenda



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Mahahtir says he might retire ... again

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this month announced that he might retire by the year 2003 the latest in a long, predictable series of announcements of his impending retirement. Mahathir had earlier promised that he would retire after the Commonwealth Games in 1998. He then announced that he would retire after the Asian economic crisis was over. He then announced that he would retire as soon as he found a suitable deputy Prime Minister. Various other retirement announcements followed, the latest of which was when he announced the new Cabinet line-up last November.

Political analysts, however, speculated that the Prime Minister's retirement may come much later than most expect. "He had earlier indicated that he would not resign until a 'replica' of himself had been found," said an analyst who refused to be named. 'We may have to wait until the time when genetic cloning technology reaches the stage where that is achievable.'

Meanwhile, the Kuala Lumpur stock market did not react at all to Mahathir's announcement of his retirement plans, as no one believed him.



Mahathir confides to UMNO Secretary Khalil
Yaacob: "I'm not actually retiring, reaaallly ...."




No rift with Daim, says Mahathir


Daim: No rift with Mahathir
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this month denied speculation that Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin would resign due to a rift between the two. The recent appointment of a top financial advisor to Mahathir further fueled speculation that Daim was being eased out of office. Mahathir denied that there was a rift between them, saying they 'still smile and hug each other.'

Two years ago, Mahathir denied speculation that Finance Minister Anwar Ibrahim would resign due to a rift between the two. The appointment of Daim then as a top financial advisor to Mahathir further fueled speculation that Anwar was being eased out of office. Mahathir denied that there was a rift between them, saying "Do I have to kiss him on the street to prove there is no rift between us?"

A political analyst who refused to be named said that it was evident the current rumours were unfounded. "Mahathir had said he'd kiss Anwar to prove there was no rift. With Daim, he only hugs him. The relationship has not reached kissing stage yet - this is a clear indication that Daim is still in favour."

Meanwhile, the Kuala Lumpur stock market reacted to Mahathir's denial by dipping 0.9 percentage points, as no one believed him.

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