The second day of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali’s official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia went smoothly with both leaders attending multiple events with dignitaries.
The First Couple of Malaysia yesterday received a red carpet welcome at the Peace Palace in the morning, where they were greeted by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany before attending separate programmes.
While Mr Mahathir held the much-anticipated bilateral meeting with his counterpart Mr Hun Sen, Ms Siti Hasmah paid a visit to the Cambodian Red Cross where she was accompanied by Ms Rany, who is its president.
An official spokesperson told Khmer Times that a closed-door meeting between the two was successful, noting they exchanged views on the development of their two countries. Ms Siti Hasmah was reportedly given a tour of the organisation by Ms Rany herself.
The spokesperson added that Ms Rany, with the help of a translator, also showed Ms Siti Hasmah a picture exhibition in the building, which highlighted CRC’s efforts over the past few years.
After the two-hour meeting, the 93-year-old appeared jovial as she waved to onlookers as she was escorted to Rumah Malaysia for a private luncheon with the Women’s Association of the Embassy of Malaysia in Cambodia.
The exclusive gathering at 12pm was hosted by Masdiana Mohamad, the spouse of Malaysian Ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim.
At the luncheon, Ms Siti Hasmah spent quality time with the spouses and children of the embassy’s Heads of Agency and other officials. Aside from handing out sweet treats for the children, Ms Siti Hasmah, who is known for her musical talent, took the chance to perform several songs on the electronic piano.
Her second day in Cambodia ended on a high note as she proceeded to join Mr Mahathir for an official dinner hosted by Mr Hun Sen. Malaysia’s First Couple is expected to fly home today.