Wonder where's the black book?
If there is one thing pleasing to the leaders and delegates attending the ongoing Langkawi International Dialogue (LID), it is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's magnanimous disposition.
Today, despite being invited by Swaziland's King Mswati lll to speak, Abdullah yielded the opportunity to allow his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, given his vast knowledge on poverty, to propound his ideas.
The gracious gesture caught not only the delegates by surprise but also sent newsmen covering the event scampering to focus their attention to where Dr Mahathir was seated.
And the Prime Minister did this despite Dr Mahathir continuing to be highly critical of certain government policies, criticisms which sometimes bordered on the personal.
My Engrund is not vely teh good, so I looked up the meaning of 'magnanimous':
Main Entry: mag·nan·i·mous
Etymology: Latin magnanimus, from magnus great + animus spirit -- more at MUCH, ANIMATE
1 : showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit
2 : showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind
- mag·nan·i·mous·ly adverb
- mag·nan·i·mous·ness noun
Wow! Courageous! Like a lion! Roar!
The 'murah-hati' bloke...
Abdullah's big-heartedness was evident from Day One at the opening of LID last Sunday when he asked the audience to join him in congratulating Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, on their 51st wedding anniversary that day.
In what was surely a pleasant surprise for Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah that night, there was loud applause by the audience, including 10 heads of state and government, with Dr Mahathir later telling newsmen that he was glad and appreciated the Prime Minister's felicitations.
Abdullah also told the 500-strong audience that the couple has contributed immensely not only to the nation, but also to the LID community.
Both Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah were also keenly involved in the networking and interactive sessions at LID.
And 'the wife'...
The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, also touched many with her graciousness, including the media, when she made a surprise visit to the LID 2007 International Media Centre (IMC) which is managed by Bernama.
And journalists, despite being glued to their workstations, were delighted with her presence.
She commended the IMC for operating like a well-oiled machinery to disseminate news and information on time.
Part of the sandiwara? Give him mandate?
Hey, he claimed that he had 'given much leeway for people to convey their views', he needs the mandate back, you know.