I had the pleasure of meeting our very own squash champion Datuk Nicol David with her parents, Ann Marie and David Desmond at my office. She’s a great role model for all Malaysians.
I had a fruitful meeting with Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Jassim Jabr Thani and mentioned his strong leadership in developing the country, making Qatar a very stable and prosperous nation. Qatar and Malaysia are already concluding some key business deals.
At the Pekida Malaysia assembly, I pledged that as Prime Minister, I would do my best for the people and hoped that they would give their trust to the government in charting a brighter future based on realities, unlike some quarters who promised the moon, the stars and the universe.
I also reminded the members to hold fast to the traditional values of the Malay race distinguished by its good mannerism and ethics. These are the values that we want to uphold and pass on to our children.
George Bernard Shaw famously said that “society needs both optimists and pessimists – optimists to invent the aeroplane and pessimists to invent the parachute!” It is great to see that, judging from the variety of aeroplanes and ships, there are so many optimists at the 11th LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi.
I had a very fruitful and productive discussion with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan who was on a three-day state visit to Malaysia. Among others, Malaysia will establish a diplomatic mission in Ashgabat, as testament of our commitment and desire to further enhance and consolidate our relations with Turkmenistan.
I presented the Athletes Incentive Scheme (Shakam) cash reward to 91 gold medalists of the 26th SEA Games 2011 held in Indonesia last month. here, today. I proposed a revision of the cash incentive for individual gold medallist, to raise from RM10,000 to RM20,000 for the first gold won and RM10, 000 for the subsequent gold won by the athletes as opposed to RM5,000 now. We must continue to excel in sports.
My wife and I attended the International Children Festival 2011 Gala Night performance at the Istana Budaya, featuring performances by children from nine countries. What a fabulous night!
On the next day, we then both officiated the Permata Expo 2011 held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Permata programme is an Early Childcare and Education Programme for children and teenagers.