MAHATHIR WELCOMES DECISION TO MOVE LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE TO PUTRAJAYA

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) -- The decision to move the Langkawi

International Dialogue (LID) 2011 to Putrajaya from Langkawi is a good move

to showcase Malaysia''s infrastructure development and innovation in

construction, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

He said the location of the conference closer to Kuala Lumpur, would provide

a good platform to showcase the development of the country along with the

development of Putrajaya itself.

"In Langkawi they talk about things but they cannot show except for

tourism, but here you can see," he told reporters after meeting with Lesotho''s

Prime Minister, Pakalitha Mosisili, who visited the headquarters of IRIS

Corporation, here, today.

By having the event near the capital city, more facilities could also be

provided, Mahathir said.

This year would be the first time that the LID, a brainchild of Dr Mahathir,

would be held out of the Langkawi Island.

The dialogue, as in the preceding years, is expected to once again spearhead

Malaysia''s quest to join hands with fellow developing nations in the promotion

of development premised on the concept of "prosper thy neighbour" with

developments achieved via smart partnerships.

Meanwhile, Mosisili said the LID was a good platform for exchanging new

ideas between participating countries.

"They are a melting pot for new ideas on how to improve the life," he said.

During his visit, Mosisili spent about an hour touring IRIS office where he

was also briefed on IRIS technologies in the areas of identification system,

farming, desalination and housing.

He also expressed his interest to bring the company''s technologies to his

country, saying that the technologies could provide solutions for Lesotho''s

hunger and housing problems.--BERNAMA

MKI SD

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