The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn and his wife Datin Suhailah were given an official welcome by Japanese Government Ministers led by the Prime Minister Mr Takeo Fukuda on Monday (19th September).
The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn and his wife Datin Suhailah were given an official welcome by Japanese Government Ministers led by the Prime Minister Mr Takeo Fukuda on Monday (19th September). The Malaysian couple had arrived in Japan the previous evening; and the welcome ceremonies took place at Tokyo's Akasaka Palace, the official Government guest house for visiting Heads of State and Government.
During his planned visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Fukuda, Datuk Hussein will be received in audience by the Emperor and will have talks with Mr Fukuda and other senior Japanese Government officials. Their talks are expected to centre on the general situation in East and South-East Asia, and on bilateral cultural and economic relations.
In particular, Datuk Hussein is likely to ask Prime Minister Fukuda for Japanese assistance in the implementation of the current five-year development programme in Malaysia. It is the third five-year programme to be implemented by the Malaysian Government, but is said to be somewhat behind schedule because of lack of funds.
The son of a noted Malaysian nationalist pioneer, Datuk Hussein has been Prime Minister of Malaysia since January, 1976. Before that, he held the post of Deputy Prime Minister for two years.
Prime Minister's Fukuda's invitation to visit Japan came during his own visit to Malaysia in August which was part of a tour to all member-States of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).