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Mahathir drives Jokowi in Proton

Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took time to drive Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a Proton Persona during the latter's visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia on Friday.

In a picture posted on Jokowi's official Twitter and Instagram accounts, @jokowi, the President was seen sitting in the passenger seat next to Mahathir, who sat behind the wheel of the red car.

"Friday afternoon in Malaysia, [I] was driven by Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad from the location where our bilateral meeting was held to the dining hall in Putrajaya," Jokowi wrote in his post. – Joko Widodo (@jokowi) August 9, 2019

"I sit at the front, next to the driver. Who's the driver? The honorable @chedetofficial himself."

Friday's event marks the second time that Jokowi was driven by Mahathir in a Proton car during a visit by the Indonesian leader to the neighboring country.

In February 2015, Mahathir took Jokowi on a test drive of a Proton car at the Sepang race circuit in Malaysia, during which the President said that Mahathir drove at 180 kilometers per hour.

Jokowi flew to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday and is scheduled for a two-day visit in Malaysia. He was accompanied by First Lady Iriana and his entourage.

According to the Foreign Ministry's Southeast Asia director, Denny Abdi, Jokowi met Mahathir on Friday with two main items on the agenda: improving access to education for Indonesian children in Malaysia and border negotiations.

The President was to leave Kuala Lumpur for Singapore on Friday to attend Singapore's bicentennial celebrations, along with Mahathir and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, following invitations from Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The bicentennial marks 200 years since the founding of modern Singapore when British statesman Stamford Raffles arrived on the island and established a trading post for the British East India Company. (afr)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/08/09/mahathir-drives-jokowi-in-proton.html