“More interesting is the fact that Mahathir sold his own son out. In a latest blog posting, the former premier revealed that it was indeed Muhyiddin who handed him privileged information originating from BNM and the AGC. In other words, “both Mahathir and Muhyiddin engaged jointly in an unlawful or criminal act with intent to topple Najib”, given that the info ended with the Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal before being manipulated and blown out of proportion through the internet”
THE THIRD FORCE
Not many are aware of the significance or the legal repercussions to a revelation Dr Mahathir Mohamad made quite recently. Last Wednesday, the former premier wrote in his blog that he was privy to classified information from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), information members of the general public are not supposed to be in possession of.
Now, for those of you under the impression that a document can only be withheld from public scrutiny if it is classified by government as top secret (or stamped RAHSIA), you’re wrong. The fact is, there are many instances in which a document may not be shared or supplied to members of the public without due discretion by persons authorised to be in possession of them. For instance, you do not have the right to be in possession of my bank account statement without the necessary authority, even if my bank account statement isn’t an official secret.
You don’t, simply because your liberty to do as you please ends right where my nose begins. Likewise, the idea that the public has the right to know how much money was transferred into the Prime Minister’s personal bank account is a fallacy. The fact is, you simply cannot claim the right to just any amount of information without due consideration to the sensitivity of the information or matters that relate to national security, privacy, rights and privileges.
Things get more complicated when it concerns an official holding public office, who has sworn an oath into upholding the integrity and sanctity of the office entrusted upon him (or her). For such an official to leak privileged information to persons not authorised to be in possession of them, he (or she) may be deemed a saboteur, particularly if the information is sensitive and has the potential of jeopardising national security.
Last Wednesday, Mahathir knowingly or unknowingly incriminated Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of violations under National Security laws by naming him as the person who leaked privileged information that originated from BNM and the AGC. Now, we’re talking about the same Muhyiddin who, on the 9th of September 2015, told an UMNO Supreme Council meeting that a conspiracy to topple Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak did in fact exist.
Back then, the party’s highest decision making body permitted him the dignity of retaining his post as deputy president on account of the fact that he denied involvement in the conspiracy. Still, the point remains that a high-ranking government official conceded to the existence of “an agreement between two or more people to engage jointly in an unlawful or criminal act,” which, in this case, was the act of committing democratic thievery against a sitting Prime Minister.
Now, doesn’t that strike you as weird?
I mean, if Muhyiddin knew that a crime of treason was about to be committed, why did he not tell Najib about it? It wasn’t until after a failed coup attempt against Najib in July 2015 did the former deputy premier concede knowledge of the conspiracy. That itself amounts to a crime of treason, given that Muhyiddin was entrusted by Najib and members of the Malaysian cabinet to assist the Prime Minister in carrying out his duties.
But never mind that.
On the 14th of July 2017, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that his father and Muhyiddin had indeed plotted against Najib, stopping short only of conceding that the plot was part of a conspiracy to topple the Prime Minister. In other words, the former Kedah Menteri Besar was trying his level best to imply that the plot “was not part of a criminal act,” that the duo was probably attempting to “remove Najib through democratic means.”
However, if you care to read between the lines, you will discover that Mukhriz sold Muhyiddin out by admitting that the latter lied to the UMNO Supreme Council on the 9th of September 2015. Back then, the former deputy premier told the party’s highest decision making body that he wasn’t a part of the conspiracy to topple Najib. But according to a sworn testimony by Mukhriz, both his father and Muhyiddin were in fact working together since 2014 to topple Najib, albeit “through democratic means.”
Interesting, is it not?
More interesting is the fact that Mahathir sold his own son out. In a latest blog posting, the former premier revealed that it was indeed Muhyiddin who handed him privileged information originating from BNM and the AGC. In other words, “both Mahathir and Muhyiddin engaged jointly in an unlawful or criminal act with intent to topple Najib”, given that the info ended with the Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal before being manipulated and blown out of proportion through the internet.
The information also wended its way into the hands of FBI officials subordinate to the bureau’s current acting head, Andrew McCabe. These documents and others like them became the basis to the 20th of July 2016 and 15th of June 2017 announcements by the United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ), both of which were prejudicial and criminal in intent.
Given the above, it is not clear that Mukhriz committed perjury by lying under oath to the Kuala Lumpur High Court on the 14th of July 2017? Not only that, the very next day, his own father followed into his footsteps by blundering forward, telling the same court that he didn’t think the plot to topple Najib would destroy UMNO.
Even that was a lie.
The fact is, when the July 2015 coup attempt fell through, a fractured and bitter Mahathir convened an emergency meeting to discuss the setting up of a new party and a Third Force. By March the next year, a group of tycoons (who are no longer with Mahathir) pledged RM5 billion as the sum required to realise those plans, the central thrust of which was the “destruction of Najib’s UMNO and Barisan Nasional by March 2017.”
Not only was Mukhriz present at the meeting, so was Muhyiddin and Mahathir’s most trusted aide and confidante, lawyer Matthias Chang. The meeting was led by a Chinese Tan Sri, who made very clear the need for Mahathir to forge an alliance with Kit Siang. According to the Tan Sri, without the senior Lim in the picture, the Third Force would never take off, as the DAP would never permit PKR to team up with a party led by Mahathir.
To be continued…