Hornbill Unleashed

July 8, 2017

Najib says Dr M’s U-turn on Anwar reveals forex RCI panic

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Seri Najib Razak says Dr Mahathir is only acting out of self interest in backing the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Pakatan Harapan’s prime ministerial candidate now, after 20 years of vilifying the PKR de facto chief. — Picture by Choo Choy MayTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to snuggle closer to his former political arch-enemy shows his deep fears at being taken to court for the RM30 billion foreign exchange losses during his time, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said tonight.

Responding directly to the retired government leader-turned-critic’s remarks for the first time, Najib said Dr Mahathir is only acting out of self interest in backing the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Pakatan Harapan’s prime ministerial candidate now, after 20 years of vilifying the PKR de facto chief.

“In reality, Mahathir’s new appeasement of Anwar is driven by his deep concern about the Cabinet’s decision to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the truth behind the Bank Negara RM30 billion forex losses during his Premiership, as detailed in the Special Task Force report.

“Mahathir knows that the RCI findings could lead to criminal prosecution, so he cannot afford to have individuals highly relevant to the case such as Anwar testifying against him,” Najib said in a statement.

Dr Mahathir was prime minister for 22 years, from 1981 to October 2003.

He was responding to Dr Mahathir’s recent interview with UK daily The Guardian that was also picked up by many local news outlets in which the Kedah-born said he would not object to Anwar becoming prime minister if the Pakatan Harapan Opposition pact won the next general elections and won a royal pardon that would free him to become prime minister.

The Pahang-born Najib said too that Dr Mahathir was fully aware that Anwar could not legally contest in elections while behind bars, and noted the irony in the 91-year-old former prime minister now relying on the man he had sacked and jailed for sodomy in the late 1990s and another political nemesis he had jailed in the past, Lim Kit Siang.

Najib noted that Lim “controls the Opposition” as the DAP holds the most number of parliamentary seats at 38, while Dr Mahathir’s party, the fledgling Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) currently holds only one.

Najib who had only previously alluded to Dr Mahathir and the latter’s ambitions now openly denounced the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

“Mahathir’s crusade is motivated not by the national interest, but by selfish personal interest. He is obsessed by saving his family legacy and making his son Mukhriz Mahathir prime minister.

“He has no principles and will do anything ― including allying with those he jailed, calling for foreign intervention in our sovereign democratic nation, sabotaging our economy, and making 100 U-turns if so required to manipulate people’s minds ― just as a means to achieve his desired ends,” Najib said.

He added that Anwar may be duped by Dr Mahathir’s remarks of support, but was confident that Malaysians would not because the chairman of the one-parliamentary seat has no power nor influence to decide the next prime minister.

“Mahathir demanded Tun Abdullah Badawi resign as prime minister, now demands my resignation, and will demand my successor resigns until his son becomes Prime Minister ― whatever the cost to Malaysia.

“This time we will not let him succeed, because democratic process must prevail, and the interests of the country must come before Mahathir’s family,” Najib said.

He added that his administration will always put the needs and interests of the country and its people first and will deliver on its promises focused on economic welfare, social wellbeing and security.

Source : The Malay Mail Online



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