Anwar's daughter to launch former Malaysian PM's book in S'pore

PETALING JAYA - Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (above) has accepted an invitation to launch former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's tell-all book in Singapore on Aug 30.

Nurul Izzah, the daughter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said she had agreed to launch Awakening - the Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia.

The former Prime Minister will also launch the book himself in Malaysia, later this month.

Abdullah, 73, was Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009. He resigned from his post as Umno president and Prime Minister after Barisan Nasional failed to gain two-thirds majority in the 2008 general election.

The book is not written by Abdullah but is a compilation, with essays contributed by others such as former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo, Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong and Prof Dr Edmund Terence Gomez.

Abdullah granted an interview to political analysts Prof Bridget Welsh and Prof James U.H. Chin in "A Conversation with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi", which is published in Chapter One of the book. In the interview, Abdullah expressed regret over Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's personal attacks on him.