Malaysia Gives $5 Million To Mandela To Fight Apartheid
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela received a $5 million contribution from Malaysia and other aid pledges before leaving for Brunei on Sunday.
Mandela, near the end of two-week tour of six nations, said the money will help fund African National Congress efforts while its leaders negotiate with the government to end racial segregation policies.
Mandela, 72, attended a dinner in his honor Saturday in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. He also received other pledges of assistance, including aid to build housing for more than 20,000 political prisoners expected to be released soon.
In Brunei, Mandela’s last stop on the international trip, he was greeted by Prince Mohamad Bolkiah, the foreign minister of the small Asian nation.
On Monday, Prince Mohamad is scheduled to host a lunch in Mandela’s honor. Later, Mandela will meet with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital.
Mandela also visited Australia, India, Indonesia and Japan.
Mandela said Australia had promised $15 million; Indonesia $10 million and India $6.5 million.
Mandela, however, complained Japan did not make any financial contribution to the ANC.
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu said Japan could not provide aid to the ANC because of its policy of not giving assistance to political parties in other nations. But Kaifu told Mandela Japan would provide aid to grass-roots South African groups.