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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Documentary on ex-PM Abdullah's life launched


The life of former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 79, is now immortalised in an hour-long documentary titled 'Statesman's Legacy Documentary: Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi', which was launched in Putrajaya yesterday.
The documentary tells of Abdullah's story since he was student, undergraduate, civil servant and his involvement in politics, his sacking as a member of the cabinet and his appointment as the fifth prime minister in 2003 until his resignation in 2009.
The documentary was launched by the Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Abdul Rahman Abbas during a preview of it in Putrajaya.
Included in the documentary are the high diplomatic skills Abdullah possessed as foreign minister from 1991 to 1999.
Abdullah had led a delegation to Peru to free the Malaysian Ambassador to Peru at that time, Ahmad Mokhtar Selat, who was held hostage by the Tupac Amaru communist guerrilla group with diplomats from other countries in the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, in December 1996.
Ahmad Mokhtar was freed about five hours after Abdullah departed for home from Lima after meeting President Alberto Fujimori.
Another of Abdullah's contributions to the documentary was the Islam Hadhari idea which was accepted internationally which led to the setting up of the Hadhari Centre for Islamic Civilisation Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

Also included were interviews with the former deputy prime minister of Thailand, Surakiart Sathirathai, who described Abdullah as a statesman and leader at the regional level.
The documentary was produced by the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Legacy Organisation in collaboration with Prime Works Studio.
- Bernama

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