KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 2, 2018: Former prime minister Datuk Najib Razak has been blamed by current PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for abusing Malaysia’s system of governance to rob the country.
“The system may be the same but the man is different. The system has had five prime ministers before him and there is no accusation of corruption of that scale against all those four.
“But the system can be abused. What he did was to use his authority to steal money,” Mahathir told BBC’s HARDtalk programme in London that was aired today and hosted by Zeinab Badawi.
Najib is facing 21 charges over alleged money-laundering activities involving more than RM4.3 billion and four corruption charges involving RM2.3 billion relating to funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad which was credited into his personal account.
Earlier in August Najib faced four charges over alleged abuse of power and money laundering.
“It is enough for us to charge him and its up for the court to decide whether our evidence is correct or his denial is correct,” said Mahathir.
To a question, Mahathir said the loss of billions of ringgit during his first premiership was due to foreign currency trading.
Malaysia also said that he needed some old guards in his administration because he needs experienced people to help him administer the country.
“…so if I cannot bring back people who had served me, than I think I have to rely on people with no experience. The people who joined me, they had the same opinion about Najib’s government.
“So they wanted to join together, form a coalition and beat Najib.”
On affirmative action, Mahathir replied that the government will continue with it to correct the disparity in wealth between the Malays and other and that he that he foresees tension if the disparity becomes bigger.
On claims of discrimination, this was Mahathir’s reply: “No, there has been no discrimination because if you go to Malaysia, you will find the so-called victims of this policy are now the richest people.”