October 9, 2012
Soros and Mahathir: Who is sacred of his own Shadow?
by Nigel Aw (10-08-12)@http://www.malaysiakini.com
Pakatan Rakyat MPs have rubbished former Pemier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that a vote for the Opposition would be akin to a vote for billionaire and former currency speculator George Soros.
“I don’t want to involve the former premier because he is no longer relevant in our politics, but the words are those of someone who is senile,” Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua told a press conference at the Parliament lobby this morning.
“We have no relationship whatsoever with George Soros. We don’t know George Soros.”
He said Pakatan has no Jewish agenda and that it, like the government, has always been supportive of the Palestinian struggle and against Israeli oppression of the state.
In a commentary published in the New Sunday Times yesterday, Mahathir had warned that voting for the opposition would be like voting for Soros, who he claimed was attempting to colonise Malaysia.
Pua also hit out at Mahathir for double standards on the matter. “When Mahathir met Soros, he shook his hand and asked him to support his organisation (the Perdana Global Peace Foundation) to combat war crimes.
“When he asks for Soros’ help, there was no problem. But when people vote for Pakatan, that’s a ‘vote for Soros’ – there is no logic in this.”
In the commentary, Mahathir had also defended his meeting with Soros. “When inviting him (Soros) to join the campaign to make war a crime, I was not talking about Malaysian politics,” he wrote.
“Certainly, I did not ask for, nor did he give to the Perdana Global Peace Foundation, any money. This campaign to make war a crime is for the good of all humanity – not just of Malaysia.”
‘Not in agenda’
At a separate press conference, Kubang Kerian MP and PAS Vice-President Salahuddin Ayub also dismissed the allegation as “without basis”.
“Never in the mind of Pakatan leaders would we betray our country… The bottom line is that we want to save our country, and receiving foreign funds is not part of our agenda.Mahathir is afraid of his own shadow, that is why he is threatening the people (by saying) that a vote for Pakatan is a vote for Soros.”