Mahathir’s argument is simply that from his Prime Minister’s salary of 22 years there is no way he could afford RM1 billion. Barry Wain has already said Mahathir cost Malaysia RM100 billion in his 22 years as Prime Minister. Mahathir never denied that or took Barry Wain to court. So the allegation that Mahathir cost Malaysia RM100 billion still stands. And Barry Wain listed in minute detail how he came to that figure of RM100 billion, which both Edmund Terence Gomez and Jomo Kwame Sundaram agree with.
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Zaid Ibrahim said PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang must prove that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak did not pay him (Hadi) a RM90 million bribe. Even when Hadi denied it the Pakatan Harapan people say a mere denial is not good enough. Hadi needs to prove it, not just deny it. The burden of proof, therefore, has been placed on the the accused and not the accuser.
Hadi then took his case to court and sued Sarawak Report, the website that first started the story of the RM90 million bribe that Najib was alleged to have paid him. Sarawak Report says the allegation is based on what people believe or what they heard, or something like that, and until today Sarawak Report has failed to furnish tangible evidence to support the allegation.
Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia Today must show proof that he bribed Lim Kit Siang RM1 billion so that his party, PPBM, can be admitted into Pakatan Harapan, so that he (Mahathir) can be appointed Pakatan Harapan’s Chairman, so that Kit Siang will close his mouth regarding the RM31.5 billion Bank Negara forex scandal, and so that Mukhriz can be given a safe seat that DAP controls and can tell the voters who to vote for.
Based on Pakatan Harapan’s standards regarding burden of proof, which has been dictated by no less than a lawyer and one-time law minister Zaid Ibrahim, the burden of proof rests with Mahathir to prove he did not bribe Kit Siang and not with me to prove he did. We need to maintain consistency and the rules have already been established by someone of the caliber of a law minister. And the Pakatan Harapan rule is Mahathir must prove he did notpay Kit Siang a RM1 billion bribe.
Mahathir’s argument is that based on his salary as Prime Minister for 22 years he could not afford to pay Kit Siang RM1 billion. That is like saying water is wet. Even idiots such as Rafizi Ramli and Tony Pua can figure that one out. And you do not need DAP’s Microsoft Excel to do the arithmetic and come to the conclusion that Mahathir did not earn RM1 billion from his Prime Minister’s salary over 22 years.
First of all, when I say Mahathir paid Kit Siang RM1 billion, it does not mean he has to personally sign a cheque or carry bags full of cash. Mahathir’s wealth is all parked under his children, proxies, nominees and cronies. As is the normal practice with hot or dirty money, it will be the family members, proxies, nominees or cronies who handle the actual pay-outs. Only idiots would sign a cheque for RM1 billion or cash a RM1 billion cheque and carry the cash in, say, 200 suitcases.
Mahathir’s argument is that from his Prime Minister’s salary of 22 years there is no way he could afford RM1 billion. Barry Wain has already said Mahathir cost Malaysia RM100 billion in his 22 years as Prime Minister. Mahathir never denied that or took Barry Wain to court. So the allegation that Mahathir cost Malaysia RM100 billion still stands. And Barry Wain listed in minute detail how he came to that figure of RM100 billion, which both Edmund Terence Gomez and Jomo Kwame Sundaram agree with.
Mahathir has so far spent RM2 billion for the ANC (Anti-Najib campaign) since December 2014 till today. The total budget until the next general election, which will include the cost to finance the general election, is RM5 billion. Where did this money come from? We know it does not come from his 22 years salary as Prime Minister. Mahathir does not need to tell us that. So we want to know where the RM5 billion came from.