Today In History: Mandela on four-day visit to Malaysia

1 November 1990, KUALA LUMPUR: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader, was welcomed by the Prime Minister when he made a four-day visit to Malaysia in a 20-day tour of five Asia-Pacific countries. The 72 year old deputy president of the African National Congress was originally scheduled to visit Malaysia on 19 October but his trip was postponed in view of the country’s general election.

First Umno Baru general assembly

28 October 1988, KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a standing ovation at the first Umno Baru general assembly today. On 25 June 1987, an appeal was filed by 12 of the UMNO delegates to have the assembly and the election of April 1987 declared null. After one of the delegates, Hussain bin Manap, withdrew unexpectedly in August from filing the appeal, the remaining litigants have since become famous as the “UMNO 11.” Although Razaleigh and Musa Hitam were not among the plaintiffs, it was widely believed that… Read More

Today In History: Asri quits PAS post

24 October 1982, Kuala Lumpur: Datuk Asri Che Muda resigned as PAS president amidst mounting pressure from party members seeking his removal. Yusof Rawa assumed the post, with Fadzil Noor as deputy president. PAS leaders described the resignation as a timely means of saving Datuk Asri’s face in view of dissatisfaction over his leadership since the last election. Two other party stalwarts also resigned.

Today In History: Hostage drama at Pudu Jail

23 October 1986, Kuala Lumpur: Twelve police commandos stormed the Pudu Prison clinic and freed two medical volunteers held hostage by six prisoners, ending a six-day standoff. The 15-minute operation was accomplished without a shot being fired. The scuffle inside the clinic lasted only one minute. Director of Internal Security and Public Order, Datuk Zaman Khan Rahim Khan told reporters: “It’s all over… we’ve got a 100 percent success. The hostages are safe and the prisoners captured.”