When the godfather of corruption seeks revolt

TTF: An NGO called on the authorities yesterday to investigate Dr Mahathir Mohamad for inciting revolt against government (see news item below). While some of you may find that overboard, you really have to understand where these guys are coming from to better appreciate their concern.

You see, this isn’t the first time the former premier attempted something of this nature.  

The maiden attempt was made on the 30th of August 2015 at a press conference aimed at summoning a “people’s power.” On that day, the Machiavellian joined anti-government protesters for a second day in a row to seek Najib’s downfall by means of a nationwide revolt. The call came on the heels of a failed coup attempt that saw both Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being dropped from their respective posts as Attorney-General of Malaysia and Deputy Prime Minister.

“The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister,” Mahathir told newsmen, adding, “to remove him, the people must show people’s power. The people as a whole do not want this kind of corrupt leader.”

Ironically, the ‘old system’ he invoked was fraught with such instances of nepotism and cronyism that it earned him the epithet “Godfather of Corruption.” Widely referred to as Mahathirism, it was a system rife with the filthiest of scandals ever to hit the nation, including the Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) debacle that cost a senior auditor with Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) his life. TTF is currently in the midst of exposing that scandal and is due to complete a series on it by mid-February.

BMF aside, a recent Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the nineties forex scandal revealed massive instances of corruption in what has come to be known as the looting of Bank Negara. The scandal, which rendered the central bank insolvent by 1993, cost Malaysian taxpayers a whopping RM31.5 billion that members of the Mahathir administration coolly gambled away through the forex market.

Despite repeated attempts by Lim Kit Siang to demand an RCI in the nineties, the former premier maintained that the need for one was not warranted as authorities were “perfectly capable of looking into the matter.” In the case of BMF, he went so far as to say that an RCI could not be called as “the bank was registered in Hong Kong, not Malaysia” (READ HERE).

That line of reasoning became the basis to a Committee of Inquiry (NCI) headed by the then Attorney-General of Malaysia, the late Tan Sri Ahmad Noordin Zakaria. Mahathir knew that the committee lacked jurisdiction to subpoena key witnesses or documents that may have been of material significance to investigations. He expected Noordin to be guarded in his pursuit of truth and justice as the NCI did not grant legal immunity against possible cases of defamation.

However, when Noordin insisted that the committee’s report be made public, the former premier quickly attached a hefty price tag to it before getting BBMB to purchase most copies. To appease members of the public, he got the Government of Malaysia to release a ‘white paper’ on the BMF affair that the Aliran Monthly dubbed as a “white wash.”

Such were the scales of manoeuvres during his era, and yet, he insists that Najib is a crook who needs to be removed at all cost. Ironically, it is Mahathir who conceded that the allegations of fraud he levelled against the Prime Minister were hinged squarely on information unsubstantiated with proof. Yet, there are those rooting for him to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Can things get more ironical than this?

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ALOR STAR: Kedah non-governmental organisation Badan Amal Tarbiah Sejagat (BATAS) today urged the police to investigate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly inciting the people to overthrow the government.

Its chairman Hafizam Harum claimed that Dr Mahathir had tried to mislead and incite the people to overthrow a democratically elected government by labelling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a dictator.

Hafizam said it was unacceptable for Dr Mahathir to make a seditious remark by labelling Najib as a dictator just because the Prison Department did not approve the former premier’s request to pay a visit to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Describing Dr Mahathir’s statement as a lie and malicious, he urged the police to investigate the former premier for inciting the people’s hatred towards the government and Najib.

Hafizam was referring to Dr Mahathir’s recent statement on Youtube, in which he commented on the Prison Department’s decision to disallow him from visiting Anwar.

“Dr Mahathir clearly claimed that the Prison Department was instructed to stop him from visiting Anwar.

“As a former prime minister, he should be aware of the department’s procedures on visiting a prison detainee,” Hafizam told reporters after lodging a report at the Kota Setar police headquarters today.

He added that Dr Mahathir had also accused the Home Ministry and Najib of being oppressive to the people.

“In the recording, Dr Mahathir had also called for the people not to support Najib while asking voters to support Pakatan Harapan.

“He mentioned the word dictator several times, referring to Najib in the recording, which is totally baseless,” he said.

“It is clear that his statement is meant to incite the people to overthrow the current government through his seditious remarks,” he added.

On Wednesday, Dr Mahathir claimed that the Prisons Department had received orders from the Home Ministry to stop him from meeting Anwar, an allegation that was brushed off by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said he was not involved in the department’s operations.

Anwar, who is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy, is currently at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital following a surgery two weeks ago.

Source: NST Online

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