Mahathir knows that they have been lying to the country for the last 25 years. And now the RCI is going to uncover the truth and the investigation will, without a doubt, show that a crime has indeed been committed and that some of that so-called forex losses were bogus losses and were actually money siphoned out and disguised as ‘normal’ forex losses. This is the reason why Mahathir knows he might face jail. But he is trying to make it appear like his jail sentence is for political reasons and because he is an opposition leader and not because he had committed a crime when he was the Prime Minister.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
“Tangkap lah!” Mahathir tells Najib
(Malaysiakini) – Dr Mahathir Mohamad has scoffed at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s claim that the former prime minister is afraid of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the foreign exchange market (forex) scandal.
On Aidilfitri, I wished Selamat Hari Raya to Najib, but he is always trying to find ways to arrest me. That’s okay, he has the power. Tangkap lah! (Arrest me),” Mahathir said at a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Hari Raya open house in Melaka.
First, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to arrest many opposition leaders and put them in jail just before the next general election or GE14. A few days later Mahathir said Najib plans to arrest him and put him in jail and will use the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) investigation into the US$10 billion Bank Negara forex scandal as the excuse to jail him. Now Mahathir dares Najib to arrest him.
Very early in the day Mahathir is trying to paint the picture that whatever is about to befall him is for purely political reasons and because he is an opposition leader who is a threat to Najib, Umno and Barisan Nasional. What gives Mahathir the impression he is an opposition leader and/or a threat? He is not a Member of Parliament and is the mere Chairman of a party that holds only one seat in Parliament and which may no longer own that seat in the next general election. And Mahathir’s crime has nothing to do with politics but is the crime of robbing US$10 billion of Bank Negara’s money.
This is Mahathir’s game of deception to paint himself larger than life and inform the world that he is facing jail because of his high-up status in the opposition whereas he is practically of no status and his predicament is because he had committed a crime when he was in power. Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail can claim the status of opposition leader but not Mahathir. Mahathir just imagines himself the opposition leader when even the opposition does not think so and is just using him because he is attacking Najib.
Mahathir should not be worried about whether Najib is going to arrest him. He should be more worried about whether Pakatan Harapan is going to arrest him if they come to power. Does Mahathir think he is going to be spared jail if Pakatan Harapan takes over? Mahathir is too dangerous to be allowed to roam free, and if Pakatan Harapan comes to power, and if he is still alive at that time, they will certainly put him ‘safely’ in jail.
Mahathir is a nuisance and a dangerous person. He has attacked all the Prime Ministers (and Deputy Prime Ministers) since the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and worked towards ousting them from office. Whoever becomes Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister (and if Mukhriz is not appointed the Deputy Prime Minister) do you think Mahathir will leave the Prime Minister alone? Mahathir will attack Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister because he did not make Mukhriz his deputy.
Even if Mukhriz were made the Deputy Prime Minister, Mahathir would still attack the Prime Minister and try to oust him so that Mukhriz can take over as Prime Minister. So the only safe thing that Pakatan Harapan can do would be to send Mahathir to jail. Anyway, DAP and PKR (and those PAS people now in PAN) have already promised the people back in 1999 that the first thing they would do if the opposition comes to power will be to send Mahathir to jail.
And DAP, PKR and PAN have never said Mahathir has been forgiven for his crimes and has been given amnesty. Anyway, amnesty is normally given to those who hand back what they stole from the country and Mahathir has not done this. In fact, he denies he has stolen anything from the country and is still keeping those billions he has stolen.
Actually, if Najib wants to arrest Mahathir he could have done it by now. And it would have happened two years ago back in 2015 when Najib made his move against the ANC (Anti-Najib Campaign) conspirators and finished them off.
Mahathir actually thought he was going to get arrested two years ago back in July 2015. So he sent feelers to find out from Najib’s people whether the Prime Minister was planning to arrest him. Hence Mahathir is not really as brave as he pretends. He was actually worried that he would be arrested. And those close to Mahathir said the entire family was worried that Mahathir might face jail and they were looking for ways to get the old man to tone down his attacks on Najib.
But then why was Mahathir worried about getting arrested that he needed to send his minions to find out from the Prime Minister’s Boffin Boys whether he was going to be arrested? Well, that is because this is what Mahathir would have done had you done to him what he did to Najib. Mahathir would not have hesitated to have you arrested; so this is what he thought Najib would do to him.
Mahathir is Mahathir and Najib is Najib. But Mahathir was measuring Najib according to his standards. And this is Mahathir’s mistake. Mahathir was figuring out what he would have done and made all his moves based on what he thought Najib would do had he been in Najib’s shoes. But Najib did not do what Mahathir would have done. Najib did things differently to what Mahathir would have done. And this is why Mahathir does not have control of the ball.