Mahathir’s misplaced attack on Murad

Salleh Said Keruak

Yesterday, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attacked Abdul Murad Khalid and said he should also be held accountable for the RM31.5 billion Bank Negara forex losses. Mahathir should not be angry with Murad. Instead he should be angry with Lim Kit Siang.

Murad merely testified in the RCI hearing the real amount of forex losses, which he revealed was RM31.5 billion and not RM5.7 billion. It was Kit Siang, however, who for 20 years has been asking for the RCI on Bank Negara’s forex losses.

Now that Mahathir needs Kit Siang as his political ally, while Kit Siang needs Mahathir for the Malay votes, both have done a U-turn regarding the forex scandal.

The level of hypocrisy demonstrated by Mahathir and Kit Siang shows that they regard political expediency more important than getting to the truth. Was it not Kit Siang who demanded the truth and Mahathir who said he only seeks the truth?