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Mahathir accused of bending the truth

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 1, 2015: A prominent blogger has accused former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of being culpable of extreme bending of the truth.

Lim Sian See, in his latest posting listed several instances of Mahathir doing that.

“He bent the truth that Malaysia is the top ten most corrupt country in the world even though we are ranked 50th least corrupt of 174 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2014 (we have been improving every year since 2009).

“He bent the truth, saying that the TRX (Tun Razak Exchange) land is worth RM7,000 psf and Bandar Malaysia’s land is worth RM1,000 psf and that 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) got it almost free. He repeated this again today,” the blogger wrote.

Lim also mentioned that the 90-year-old statesman bent even more truths when he reportedly said that he did not manage to raise a single dollar from the Arabs when he built the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

The claim was rebutted by the blogger, where he wrote that according to IIUM’s website, it was stated that Middle-East donors contributed to the setting up of the university.

“He bent the truth again saying that he only spent RM10 million in campaign funds for Barisan Nasional for the general elections. Since I assume you can do maths, I won’t even bother,

“But it begs the question that if only RM10m was spent for each general elections, then why was Umno having so many proxies holding their money and why Umno had to own so many companies? And why did he need to hand over RM1.2 billion to Pak Lah (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) when he retired as President?

“At RM10m each per general election, RM1.2 billion would be enough to fund the next 120 general elections over the next 600 years.

“Again, Tun M massively bent the truth to say the government forced the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) director to take long leave when the truth is that the director had to undergo urgent surgery near his spine and needed two months recuperating time.

“Tun M also bent the truth when he said street rallies are acceptable to overthrow the prime minister since for decades he said this was unacceptable and that only donkeys and fools joined the Bersih rallies,” Lim wrote at his blog.

However, Lim, in the same posting had mulled over the possibilities and implications if Mahathir’s claims were proven to be correct.

Lim was of the opinion there were many other important things at stake than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s premiership if Mahathir’s claims were true.

“First, Najib Razak will cease to be Prime Minister of Malaysia and may go to jail, provided that he loses the criminal case for any corruption charges brought on by the MACC, of course.

“Second, the person currently in charge of our police, our Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will be proven either a liar or incompetent as he is naïve to simply believe unnamed Arab representatives.

“This is because Zahid had said that he had personally met representatives of the Middle Eastern “family” who donated US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“He said they told him the donation was to ensure Barisan Nasional and Umno won the 13th general election,” he wrote.

Lim continued to list several individual and institutions whose reputation and credibility would be tarnished if Mahathir’s claims were true.

Among those that made it into his list was the MACC, the Auditor-General’s office, Malaysia’s entire financial system and even the world’s financial system may also collapse.”

“I don’t know about you but I sure hope that Tun Mahathir is wrong that Najib stole RM2.6 billion from 1MDB and put it into his personal accounts

“But if Tun M is right then our future prime minister and the guy responsible for our police force, our MACC, our Auditor-General and our Second Finance Minister are all either liars or incompetent.

“And our local financial system and economy and possibly the global system too would be in crisis since two out of the Big 4 Audit firms (KPMG and Deloitte & Co, who did not detect any financial anomaly when they audited 1MDB) cannot be trusted or are incompetent in detecting billions are missing from the accounts,” Lim wrote.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.