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Formal President Kufour describes his 2005 visit to Malaysia.

John Agyekum Kuffuor, the former president of Ghana, travelled to Malaysia at Dr. Mahathir Mohamed’s invitation and had an experience there that forever altered his perspective on the office of the presidency.

Formal President Kufour describes his 2005 visit to Malaysia.


In an interview with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on reviewing the 1992 constitution, Kufuor explained how that came about by saying that upon entering the nation, he was confronted with two realities.

He claimed that after finding out that Malaysia received its oil palm seedlings from Ghana, he arrived there and made the even more startling discovery of how effectively the nation had used the “gift” it received from his own nation.

When I was president, it may have been in 2005 or 2006, and Dr. Mahathir Mohamed invited me to Malaysia. It was a huge eye opener for me. I knew that Malaysia had imported oil palm seedlings from Ghana. When the plane touched down in Kuala Lumpur, you could see miles and miles of palm trees and incredibly advanced agriculture.

“And when I arrived, they led me to a facility where they had refined palm oil into some oil that will even be used as engine oil, probably only to show me something. Then, every last piece of palm was used as fertiliser for the palm trees.

“So, I replied that even though we do not know how to do this, these folks acquired this from us. Check out what they are doing with it. Then, at some time, he invited me to visit his offices in New Kuala Lumpur; the building is reminiscent of a mosque, and he showed me to the rooftop where Dr. Mohammed, who is probably not much taller than 5 feet… and then I noticed the city’s layout from there, including the lovely streets and the development,” he remarked.

The extent of creativity and progress that the Malaysians had used the oil palm seedlings for in their nation astounded President John Agyekum Kufuor, who added that he had questioned Dr. Mohamed about how they had done it.

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Ghanaians were detained for selling match tickets in Qatar ’22, according to the Minister

In Qatar, some Ghanaian football supporters were detained for attempting to resell World Cup tickets.

Ghanaians were detained for selling match tickets in Qatar '22, according to the Minister

This was revealed by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, when he visited the Ghanaian contingent that had travelled to Qatar to support the Black stars in the ongoing World Cup along with the Ambassador of Ghana to Qatar, Mohamed Noureddine Ismail, and some security personnel.

In his address the Minister took the chance to convey his profound gratitude to the delegation for the unwavering support they had shown thus far in Qatar to the supporters at the Al Madaen apartment in Doha.

Mr. Ussif observed that the Ghanaian economy was in serious trouble, which is why he made the decision to make an appeal to people and organisations for support in the form of donations and sponsorships to help cover some of the costs associated with the Ghanaian delegation.

A few Ghanaians have been detained and taken to prison for selling tickets they were given to enable them to join the event, he further pleaded with the fans not to go out and sell the tickets they had worked so hard to get for them.


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