Enough Evidence to Charge Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor–Just Do It, Dr. Mahathir


June 15, 2018

Enough Evidence to Charge Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor–Just Do It, Dr. Mahathir

By FMT Reporters@www.freemalaysiatoday.com

The Prime Minister tells the New York Times that Najib’s government ‘raped’ not just 1MDB but also other govt-funded initiatives.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Before the 14th General Election, Pakatan Harapan (PH) felt things were rotten at the core of Najib Razak’s government, but now they find it is even worse than they thought, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“The more we look into the previous administration, the more bad things we find. Any organisation that had money, the previous government found the means to take the money,” he told the New York Times (NYT) in his office on Wednesday.

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Mahathir said his government had accumulated “enough evidence” to put former Prime Minister Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor on trial.

Mahathir, who served as Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003 and who led the PH to a stunning win on May 9, said he discovered that Malaysia was in far worse financial shape than they had feared.

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The national debt, tallied at US$170 billion by Najib’s administration, had been reassessed, along with other government liabilities, at US$250 billion. That is 80% of Malaysia’s gross domestic product, the report said.

But Mahathir told the NYT, the problems extended beyond 1MDB to encompass an array of government-funded initiatives.

“All have been raped by the previous government. They have taken money. Now they have lost the money,” Mahathir was quoted as saying.The report quoted Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as adding: “They were just robbing the country blind. I’m having nightmares practically every day, wondering what land mines will I tread on the following day.”

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Lim claimed if the PH had not won, Malaysia “would have become a basket case”. The report noted that Mahathir had been criticised for “his authoritarian impulses”, playing race politics, muzzling the news media and locking up his enemies during his first stint as Prime Minister. However, it added, even former detractors contended that he was a changed man now and that he understood that unchecked power in the wrong hands could devastate a country.

The report quoted James Chin, the Malaysian-born director of the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, as saying: “He has mellowed, and unlike his first time in office, he has now realised that independent institutions are not a bad thing. Previously, he was all about centralisation of power in the prime minister’s office.”

Lim, who was imprisoned twice during Mahathir’s previous time in office, agreed, adding: “I think it’s Mahathir version 2.0. I think it’s very different from the version 1.0 we saw when he first became prime minister. He’s more reformist.”

Lim described Mahathir as a “man with a mission, driven by the need to get things done in the shortest possible time. He’s moving at a frenetic pace.” The NYT report noted, however, that Malaysia’s problems did not start with Najib.

“The state in which the country is today is not just the result of Najib Razak’s misgovernance but also decades of populist politics and semi-authoritarian practices,” it quoted Sophie Lemière, a Malaysia specialist at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, as saying.

But, the report said, Mahathir refused to acknowledge any systemic faults with the Malaysian political system. He blamed Najib’s “astonishing greed” for the nation’s predicament.The report also noted that Mahathir had distanced himself from his vow to hand over power within two years to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Mahathir joked that he had suggested that time frame only because some thought he might become senile at age 95.

Lim told the NYT that Mahathir had never expressed regret for jailing him, adding: “I forgive, but that doesn’t mean I will forget. I think the most important thing is to look forward.”

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When the NYT suggested that Mahathir had a rare opportunity to reshape his legacy and erase his strongman reputation, Mahathir replied, in his usual blunt style: “When you die, they rewrite your story. So when I am not around, they can say what they like.”

 

9 thoughts on “Enough Evidence to Charge Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor–Just Do It, Dr. Mahathir

  1. The people have, democratically, given him a 2nd chance. He knows it, and in any case how long could he stay to do more damage? It’s the people who follow after him we should worry about.

  2. The Rakyat and the country don’t really care about Mahathir’s legacy being rewritten whether he was around or not.

    But they really care about how they and their country had painfully suffered so much of the mess (damges to the goverment institutions, delivery systems, divisivenes using race and religion, and the rogue/scandalous culture of MACCP), he (Mahathir 1.0 ) had largely left behind and having created a enticing environment ( no excuse) for Najib to expand on it.

    That, altogether had costed the people by today’s value in the order of trillions of Ringgit, and had hindered the country’s progress by at least 15 years.

    Moving forward with Mahathir 2,0 , time and events happening will bear witnesses.

  3. Stealing from the country Treasury is a crime against King and Country and should be treated as “Treason”. Just like drug pushers if found guilty you hang and if not guilty you go free. In Treason if found guilty you get the death penalty and there is no such thing as plea bargaining. This include everyone who was an accomplice in one way or another. Why keep them in jail, and incur more cost to the rakyat? They knew the risks and took the gamble and they lost. Be like China, one bullet for those guilty of corruption.

    • Stealing from the country Treasury is no doubt a punishble crime and not necessrily a crime against King and Country to be treated as “Treason”. If someone says out of this world expenditure on the upkeep of King and Sultans needs to be trimmed, it is his opinion (perhaps shared by some others too) and not to be termed as treasonous.

  4. I suspect Mahathir has a like-dislike relationship with royalty. He is a man of his own but ritually respectful of royalty. But ultimately he decides. When he picked Tommy Thomas as AG and forwarded his name to the King for approval, the King was reportedly said to have asked for more names to be submitted. But Mahathir stood his ground and said he had only one choice and that was Tommy Thomas – period!

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