and bury the hatchet.
Umno dputy and incoming president Najib Abdul Razak referred to (former party president) Dr Mahathir Mohamad and president (outgoing) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as "negarawan".
He wants them to come together to discuss the problems and the future of the party.
While I reckon Najib is probably one person who can bring these two together, I think it will not be easy. Man, it's going to be a tough call.
But....I suppose, for the sake of the party....
Dr Mahathir's appearance (and presence) at the (final day) of the Umno general assembly received thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
He and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali were getting to their seats while newly-elected deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin was at the rostrum, addressing the delegates.
Muhyiddin stopped to acknowledge the couple's presence and hoped that this meant that the former president was considering rejoining the party.
He also said that Dr Mahathir's presence showed that perhaps, he approved of the new party line-up.
Later, Najib and Abdullah (in their speeches) welcomed Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah.
Najib believed that Dr Mahathir's presence showed that Umno remained in his heart and flowed in his blood.
"My hope is that these two negarawan, can together discuss the problems and the future of the party".
He got everyone warmed up, and laughing when he said that he imagined their first meeting would be awkward but with time he was confident that there would be that warmth and affinity between them.
"What is important is not one's personal feelings but the future of Umno and the nation," he said.
"Godwilling, if these two statesmen can come together, everyone else will close ranks."
*It is no secret that the relations between Dr Mahathir and Pak Lah have not been warm in the last few years after the latter aassumed the country's premiership.