“To secure Ms. Rewcastle’s commitment, Mahathir agreed to foot her legal fees, including the RM5 million she stands to lose should Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang win the defamation suit he brought against her in a London court. Mahathir is well aware that the Sarawak Report chief editor is a very desperate woman and is willing to do anything under the sun just to get her legal commitments sorted out”
THE THIRD FORCE
Last Tuesday, Sarawak Report carried an open memo that lawyer Matthias Chang made out to the Westminster’s Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia. In what can only be described as the scribblings of a law school dropout, Matthias labelled the Prime Minister of Malaysia as “The Crime Minister” before appealing, purportedly “on behalf of all Malaysians,” for the British to intervene into our affairs.
Yes, you read right.
Just as we are about to celebrate 60 years of independence, Matthias goes on record to say that Malaysians are desperately seeking the “prompt engagement of countries such as the UK” in our internal problems. Not only is that news to me, it strikes me as weird that this Matthias fellow answers to the very man who, in his 22-year rule as Prime Minister, censured the entire Western-Christian civilization for its innate tendency to subjugate Muslim sovereigns to imperialist interests.
While in power, Mahathir was all about Malaysia needing to uphold its sovereignty and integrity at all cost. Today, however, the former premier is willing to do whatever it takes to turn his son into Prime Minister by December 2018. So desperate is he, back in December 2015, he sent Matthias to the United States (US) to hand over classified government intelligence to persons subordinate to the current acting head of the FBI, Andrew McCabe.
That information (and others like them) served as basis to the 20th of July 2016 and 15th of June 2017 announcements by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). But not only did these announcements fail to pressure Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak into an early retirement, the Prime Minister just kept getting stronger and stronger by the day.
So strong is he, Mahathir was left with little choice but to turn his attention to the British, the very British he spent a lifetime censuring for “oppressing the Malays and giving the Chinese too much face.” To gain their attention, he got his right-hand man and partner in crime to pen them an open memo before getting Sarawak Report to publish it.
The whole idea was to impress upon Malaysians that unless the British or some other foreign power meddles in our affairs, the country is destined “to go to the dogs.” And what better way to deliver that message than to get a British journalist familiar with the Malaysian political landscape to publish a memo seeking intervention by the United Kingdom (UK) government.
But Ms. Rewcastle did not do it for free.
To secure her commitment, Mahathir agreed to foot her legal fees, including the RM5 million she stands to lose should Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang win the defamation suit he brought against her in a London court. Mahathir is well aware that the Sarawak Report chief editor is a very desperate woman and is willing to do anything under the sun just to get her legal commitments sorted out.
It is with this awareness that the former premier squeezed favours out of her for just RM5 million, a meagre sum compared to the RM20-30 million he owes her but refuses to pay. In other words, Mahathir got Ms. Rewcastle to publish Matthias’ memo and a whole lot of other damning material against Najib and his wife for peanuts. And as you know, when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
And speaking of monkeys, is Matthias that much of a coward, that he had to hide under Ms. Rewcastle’s skirt just to get his memo into the public sphere? For a man who spends countless hours circulating more-than-cryptic WhatsApp messages, couldn’t he just publish the memo on his Facebook page instead of getting Sarawak Report to carry it?
What’s the matter, Matthias? Had to get a woman to do your bidding?